Commanding Officer Relieved at Naval Air Facility, El Centro

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Captain Jones at a previous press conference
Captain Jones at a previous press conference

SAN DIEGO — Commander, Navy Region Southwest, Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith, has relieved Captain Devon Jones, due to loss of faith and confidence in his ability to command. Cmdr. Erik Franzen, the executive officer at the installation, has temporarily assumed the duties as commanding officer until a decision can be made on a successor to the commanding officer’s position. Capt. Jones will be assigned to Commander, Naval Air Forces until the outcome of this issue is reached.

The Navy expects its leaders to provide principled and highly ethical leadership, stressing discipline, accountability, and the importance of treating shipmates with dignity and respect. It is of paramount importance to the Navy that even the appearance of impropriety by leadership is unacceptable, and all personnel must conduct themselves in a manner beyond reproach.

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