Air wing commander removed from post

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The commander of the air wing assigned to the San
Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson was removed from his post in
connection with an investigation into allegations that he had an inappropriate
relationship with a junior female officer within his chain of command, the Navy
announced Monday.

Capt. Jeffrey Winter was relieved Friday by Rear Adm. David Steindl
because of a loss of confidence in Winter's ability to command, according to a
Navy statement.

Winter, who took command of CVW-17 in June, has been temporarily
reassigned to the headquarters of the Pacific Fleet's Naval Air Forces, pending
final results of the investigation.

Capt. Matthew Leahey, the air wing's deputy commander, has temporarily
succeeded Winter.

The air wing is based in Lemoore, south of Fresno, but flies off the
Carl Vinson when the ship is at sea.

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