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Carrier air wing CMC fired amid affair allegations

May. 30, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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The command master chief of Carrier Air Wing 2 has been fired while officials investigate allegations he continued an affair with a female chief petty officer, even after his commander told him to stop.

Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Brian K. Page, 42, was notified Tuesday by Capt. Christopher Murdoch, head of CVW-2, that he was being reassigned to the staff of Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Command Master Chief (AW/SW/SS/DV) Steven J. Schultze, the top enlisted sailor at Strike Fighter Squadron 2 will take over, at least temporarily, as CMC at CVW-2, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.

Page admitted to the affair in January, according to the release, after the allegations came to the attention of his command. Page is married and lived at Lemoore as a geographic bachelor.

His wife filed for divorce in February, according to court records in San Diego.

Multiple sources told Navy Times the affair spanned at least three years and allegedly began when Page was the CMC at Strike Fighter Squadron 14, also at Lemoore. The female chief was then assigned to CVW-11, to which VFA-14 was assigned. She retired in December.

The affair came to light after Page had been selected to serve as the CMC of the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush; it cost him that job, according to multiple Navy sources familiar with the investigation.

“The administrative action was formal counseling and wasn’t captain’s mast, and he wasn’t relieved from the job at the time,” said Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, spokesman for Naval Air Forces in San Diego.

“Though this withdrew him from the opportunity to become CMC of an aircraft carrier, in the CAG’s judgement, he was capable of continuing in the job.”

Page subsequently put in for retirement and is slated to retire later this year.

CMCs, as is the case with commanding and executive officers, are normally taken out of their command positions when found guilty of misconduct, Navy officials tell Navy Times.

And because Page was allowed to continue in the job and quietly retire, Navy officials have initiated another investigation into how CVW-2 conducted the probe into Page’s affair and the fact he was not formally disciplined.

“The decision was made to conduct a process review designed to ensure the appropriate investigative steps and reviews were taken,” Stephens told Navy Times. “Commander, U.S. Third Fleet will convene the process review.”

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