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Squadron Commanding Officer Relieved of Command

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Story Number: NNS080813-08
Release Date: 8/13/2008 3:43:00 PM

By Commander, Naval Air Force Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The commanding officer of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 3 was relieved of his duties Aug. 11.

Cmdr. Shawn Bentley was relieved from duty by Capt. Brian Costello, commander, Strategic Communications Wing 1.

Costello cited the loss of confidence in Bentley's ability to command as the reason for his relief.

Cmdr. Erik Johnson has temporarily assumed command of VQ-3. Cmdr. Johnson had been serving as the Operations Officer for Commander, Strategic Communications Wing 1 and had previously served as the commanding officer of VQ-3.

Bentley, an E-6 naval flight officer, served as commanding officer since April 18 and previously served as the squadron's executive officer. He has been temporarily assigned to the staff of Commander, Strategic Communications Wing 1.

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