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EP-3 squadron commanding officer fired

Feb. 28, 2012 - 02:38PM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 28, 2012 - 02:38PM  |  
Cmdr. Jeffrey Wissel of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., was relieved from command, officials announced Feb. 28.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Wissel of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., was relieved from command, officials announced Feb. 28. (Navy)
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SAN DIEGO The commanding officer of an EP-3 squadron was fired Monday amid an ongoing investigation into alleged "personal misconduct," according to Naval Air Force Pacific.

Vice Adm. Allen Myers, the AIRPAC commander, relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey Wissel from command of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., a spokeswoman, Cmdr. Pauline Storum, said Tuesday.

"There were allegations of an inappropriate conduct made. The investigation brought to light information that necessitated that he be relieved," Storum said, declining to provide further details.

"That investigation is still open and ongoing," she said.

Wissel has been temporarily reassigned at Whidbey Island while the investigation continues, she said. Cmdr. David Sauve, the squadron's executive officer and prospective CO, has taken command.

Wissel is the fourth commanding officer fired in 2012, according to Navy Times research.

Wissel, a 1994 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, has led the "World Watchers" of VQ-1 since April 29, following a year serving as the squadron's XO. "We face a challenging year of change and consolidation, but this past year's performance has clearly shown me that you can and will handle everything thrown at you with an unwavering commitment to excellence," he told the squadron at the time, according to a Navy Region Northwest news story. "All I ask is that you continue to serve with the same pride, poise and professionalism that embodies the spirit of a World Watcher."

An experienced P-3 pilot, he has tallied more than 2,700 hours in the EP-3E and P-3A/B/C aircraft, according to his official biography. His previous assignments included department head tours with VQ-2 at Whidbey Island, which included leading various detachments to Greece and the Netherlands as the officer-in-charge.

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