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Lemoore-based fighter squadron CMC sacked

Apr. 20, 2013 - 09:22AM   |  
Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Jeffrey Harsh
Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Jeffrey Harsh (Navy)
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The Navy fired the top sailor at a Lemoore, Calif.-based Hornet squadron Friday for “failure to meet expected performance standards,” Naval Air Forces said in a news release.

Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Jeff Harsh, the enlisted leader at Strike Fighter Squadron 14, was removed by Cmdr. Gavin Duff, the squadron’s commanding officer.

Harsh, a former aviation ordnanceman, was ousted from his post as the “Tophatters” top sailor after 19 months in the job; he’s the third CMC canned this year.

Harsh is believed to have fallen short of professional standards despite receiving counseling on such matters, although it was not immediately clear which specific standards were not met.

Senior Chief Clint Donham will serve as acting CMC until a permanent relief is assigned, Naval Air Forces said.

Harsh, who enlisted in 1989 and is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, has been reassigned to staff duties at Strike Fighter Wing Pacific, located at Naval Air Station Lemoore. Reached via email hours after his relief, Harsh declined to comment.

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