SASEBO, Japan - The Jan. 7 temporary relief of the USS Germantown (LSD 42) command master chief (CMDCM) was made permanent by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Harry Harris, Jr., Feb. 11.
The relief of CMDCM Jesus Galura stems from an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual assault made by a Germantown crew member. Because the ongoing investigation continues to look at overall command climate as well as allegations of misconduct by Galura and potentially others, the Navy cannot provide details.
Harris determined Galura's relief should be made permanent due to the length of the investigation and loss of confidence in his ability to effectively lead the Chief's Mess and be a contributing member of the command triad.
Command Master Chief Jeffrey Steinly, currently assigned to Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, has assumed duties as the Germantown command master chief.
Reporting to Germantown as command master chief in August 2011, Galura has been temporarily reassigned to Amphibious Squadron Eleven.
Forward deployed to Sasebo, Germantown is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group.