According to a press release from the US Navy, Master Chief Petty Officer Joseph Storms was relieved of his duties as Command Master Chief of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 by Capt. Samuel Paparo, Commander, Carrier Air Wing SEVEN, embarked in USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), on March 27, due to misconduct Storms committed while assigned as the squadron’s CMC.
Storms received Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP) for the offenses he committed.
During NJP, Storms was found to have failed to obey a lawful order from a superior commissioned officer and to have violated a lawful general order. The NJP was held following a review of an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Paparo determined that Storms could not continue to serve in the unique position of trust and confidence held by the CMC.
Storms has been temporarily re-assigned to Commander, Strike Fighter Wing, Atlantic. A replacement CMC for VFA 131 is scheduled to report in August. The VFA 131 CMC position is temporarily being filled by Master Chief Petty Officer Kenneth Daniels, CMC of Carrier Air Wing SEVEN.