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Strike Fighter Squadron 131 CMC Relieved of Duty

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120329-05

From Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The command master chief of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 was relieved of his duties March 27, due to misconduct committed while assigned as the squadron's CMC.

Command Master Chief Joseph Storms was relieved by Capt. Samuel Paparo, commander, Carrier Air Wing 7, emabarked aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

Storms received non-judicial punishment (NJP) for the offenses he committed.

During NJP, Storms was found to have failed to obey a lawful order from a superior commissioned officer and to have violated a lawful general order. The NJP was held following a review of an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Paparo determined that Storms could not continue to serve in the unique position of trust and confidence held by the CMC.

Storms has been temporarily reassigned to Commander, Strike Fighter Wing, Atlantic. A CMC for VFA 131 is scheduled to report in August. The VFA 131 CMC position is temporarily being filled by Master Chief Kenneth Daniels, CMC of Carrier Air Wing 7.

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