Commander, Carrier Air Wing 17 Relieved of Duties

Story Number: NNS130921-01Release Date: 9/21/2013 6:28:00 AM
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From Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 was relieved of his duties Sept. 20 by the commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1.

Rear Adm. David F. Steindl relieved Capt. Jeffrey S. Winter due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

Winter's relief follows the preliminary findings of an ongoing command investigation into allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a junior female Navy officer formerly within his chain of command.

Winter, who took command of CVW-17 in June 2013, has been temporarily reassigned to Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, pending final results of the investigation.

Capt. Matthew L. Leahey, deputy commander, CVW-17, has temporarily assumed the duties as commander of CVW-17.

CVW-17, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., is currently attached to CSG-1.

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