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Leadership Change on Navy Explosives Team

Command Master Chief Lee Morrison, the top enlisted member of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3, based out of Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, has been removed from his position due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to perform as a command master chief,” the Navy Times is reporting. He will be replaced by Master Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Christopher Borkenheim.

Captain Edward Eidson relieved Morrison for “failing to follow reporting requirements and implement command policies,” according to a statement issued. “As part of the command leadership triad, command master chiefs carry a great deal of responsibility; their performance must be impeccable to serve their sailors and their commanding officer.”

San Diego Explosive Ordinance Disposal spokesman Lt. Dave Bennett provided no further details related to the firing.

According to the Navy, the unit’s mission is to “render safe all types of ordnance, both conventional and unconventional, improvised, chemical, biological, and nuclear to include Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).” The group’s responsibilities include working with the U.S. Secret Service to protect the President, Vice President, and their families, supporting the Department of State in protecting the Secretary of State and foreign dignitaries, and providing security at special events such as presidential conventions and the Olympics.

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Command Master Chief Lee Morrison, the top enlisted member of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3, based out of Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, has been removed from his position due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to perform as a command master chief,” the Navy Times is reporting. He will be replaced by Master Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Christopher Borkenheim.

Captain Edward Eidson relieved Morrison for “failing to follow reporting requirements and implement command policies,” according to a statement issued. “As part of the command leadership triad, command master chiefs carry a great deal of responsibility; their performance must be impeccable to serve their sailors and their commanding officer.”

San Diego Explosive Ordinance Disposal spokesman Lt. Dave Bennett provided no further details related to the firing.

According to the Navy, the unit’s mission is to “render safe all types of ordnance, both conventional and unconventional, improvised, chemical, biological, and nuclear to include Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).” The group’s responsibilities include working with the U.S. Secret Service to protect the President, Vice President, and their families, supporting the Department of State in protecting the Secretary of State and foreign dignitaries, and providing security at special events such as presidential conventions and the Olympics.

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Doesn't everyone wonder about these personnel changes in squidland? As in, why was it done and what did the person being relieved do or not do to warrant it? This is really odd, since those senior enlisted positions, like those of the sergeants major in the Army and Marines, for a long time had no specific responsibilities. The positions were described as "the senior enlisted adviser to to the commanding officer." That said exactly nothing about what those people really did, if they did anything at all. No specific functions or duties were ever assigned to them, and when on active duty, I suspected that many of them had no functions or duties and were figureheads.

Then there's a reference to the "command leadership triad". What, pray tell, is that? Sounds as if it involves three elements. I can count two, the commanding officer and the command master chief. These announcements appear to say quite a lot whereas they really tell just about nothing.

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