USA: Commander of CVW Seventeen Relieved of Duties

Commander of CVW Seventeen Relieved of Duties

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 on-going command investigation into allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a junior female Navy officer 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.

Press Release, September 22, 2013; Image: US Navy