The Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and Command Master Chief of the US Navy Amphibious Construction Battalion were all relieved of command on February 4, 2022, “due to a loss of confidence in their abilities to effectively perform their leadership roles,” and were subsequently reassigned to the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.

The battalion’s leaders,  Capt. Jeffrey Lengkeek, commanding officer; Cmdr. Michael Jarosz, executive officer, and; Command Master Chief Matthew Turner were removed by Rear. Adm. John V. Menoni, Commander of the Expeditionary Strike Group Two (ESG 2).

Amphibious Construction Battalion 2 commanding officer Captain Jeffrey Lengkeek (US Navy via The Daily Mail)

While no specific details were given regarding what triggered the loss of confidence with the triad, it was discovered that the three were dismissed following a formal command investigation within the battalion.

The Spokesman for Expeditionary Strike Group 2 Lt. Cmdr. Paul Newell said last Monday. The investigation, which had started last December 15, has been said to be still ongoing, with Newell confirming that no further disciplinary action was to take place against the command triad at the current time. Thus, the reasons behind the investigation remain unclear. Generally speaking when the Navy removes the entire command team of a unit, it signals that a breach of regulations occurred by one, two, or all that was covered up or not handled according to regulations.