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.

Commander Michael Jarosz (US Navy via The Daily Mail). Source:
Commander Michael Jarosz (US Navy via The Daily Mail)

Upon their dismissal, Amphibious Construction Battalion 2 Command will be headed by Capt. Brian C. Finman as a Temporary Commanding Officer replacing Lengkeek. Cmdr. Henry P. Pierce IV will temporarily replace Jarosz as Executive Officer. Lastly, Turner will be temporarily replaced by Master Chief Todd Mangin as Command Master Chief.

“There is no impact to the command’s mission or schedule due to the reliefs,” said the US Navy in a press release.

Commander Master Chief Matthew Turner (US Navy via The Daily Mail). Source:
Commander Master Chief Matthew Turner (US Navy via The Daily Mail)

 The Seabees of Amphibious Construction Battalion

According to the US Navy Seabee Museum, the Amphibious Construction Battalions, otherwise known as “Seabees,” mainly support naval units for reinforced infantry division landing over four battalion-size beaches. Essentially, the battalion provides construction support of amphibious assault operations and equipment and troop movement methods.

Amphibious Construction Battalion 2 specifically operates on the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Its main function is to support and provide ship-to-shore movement, maritime prepositioning of equipment, and other construction operations.