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Navy reserve center CMC fired for off-duty actions

The command master chief of Navy Operational Support Center San Antonio was fired Friday for off-duty behavior.

Capt. Andrew Bishop, commanding officer of NOSC San Antonio, ousted Command Master Chief (AW) Jermaine Rawls from the reserve center's top enlisted spot due to a loss of confidence in his ability to serve effectively as a command leader.

Rawls was relieved due to personal misconduct while off duty, said Cmdr. Doug Gabos, spokesman for Navy Reserve Forces Command. Gabos said he could not provide more details on the misconduct.  

"Command Master Chief Rawls failed to demonstrate the exemplary conduct expected of those in command leadership positions," Gabos told Navy Times on Friday. "He was offered nonjudicial punishment by Capt. Bishop, but Master Chief Rawls has refused and has elected courts-martial. Capt. Bishop is working with the Navy Region Southeast Judge Advocate General to determine further adjudication." 

Rawls, a former Navy counselor, is a past president of the Navy Counselors Association and a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He assumed the CMC job at NOSC San Antonio in September 2014.

Chief Yeoman Jesse Castro has assumed the duties of the NOSC senior enlisted leader position until a permanent relief can be named.

Rawls has been reassigned to Navy Research Medical Unit, San Antonio. Navy Times was unable to contact Rawls for comment as of press time.

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