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CHIPS Articles: Fleet Readiness Center Southwest Change of Command

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest Change of Command
By Jim Markle, FRCSW Public Affairs - May 4, 2020
NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND, CA –Capt. Steven Leehe will relieve Capt. Anthony Jaramillo as commanding officer of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) May 14 aboard Naval Air Station North Island.

Capt. Leehe previously served as the command’s executive officer, as well as the commanding officer of Fleet Readiness Center West.

A native of Wisconsin, Capt. Leehe joined the Marine Corps in 1982 and was honorably discharged in 1986. One year later, he enlisted in the Navy as an Airman, achieving the rank of AT1 in five years.

In 1993, he enrolled in Bluefield State College in Bluefield, West Virginia, under the Enlisted Education Advancement Program and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering technology.

He was selected for Chief Petty Officer the following year and the Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer program. He reported to Officer Candidate School in August 1996.

Capt. Leehe’s tours include assignments aboard the aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) as well as Amphibious Assault Ship USS Nassau (LHA-4), and Combat Stores Ship USS San Jose (AFS-7).

The FRCSW family looks forward to Capt Leehe’s leadership!

Capt. Jaramillo joined the Navy in 1984 as an Airman.

As a Petty Officer First Class, he was selected to the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1993 and completed Naval Science Institute Officer Candidate training at Naval Station Rhode Island.

Afterward, he attended Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies.

He also holds a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Power Plant certified.

Following his Commission in 1995, he attended Surface Warfare Division Officer and Engineering Watch Officer training at Naval Station Rhode Island. Three years later he lateraled to the Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer Community and was designated an Acquisition Professional Community member in 2006.

Capt. Jaramillo’s tours include assignments aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), and aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

Capt. Jaramillo assumed command of FRCSW in March 2018 after 2 years serving as Executive Officer at the command. His next assignment will be as the N42 Force Maintenance Officer at Commander, Naval Air Forces.

Manned by more than 5,000 civilian and active duty personnel, FRCSW is the Navy’s premier maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility for naval aircraft, systems and components.

The command regularly returns over 100 aircraft and 30,000 components annually to the fleet. Aircraft serviced include the F/A-18 Super Hornet, E2 Hawkeye, C2 Greyhound, AV-8 Harrier, CH-53 Super Stallion, MQ-8 Fire Scout, MV-22 Osprey and MH-60 Sea Hawk heli-copter.

FRCSW holds the distinction as the only naval facility to service the LM2500 gas turbine engine used to power Arleigh-Burke, Ticonderoga and Independence class surface ships.

An innovator in naval aviation MRO procedures, the command developed the Center Barrel Replacement program in 1991 to extend the service life of legacy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft as well as the Super Hornet splice program in 2016. Recently the command was the epicenter for the rollout of the Naval Sustainment System (NSS) designed to help speed the process of returning aircraft and components to the Fleet.

Further, in 2009, FRCSW became the first naval facility to achieve both Aerospace Stand-ards (AS) 9100/9110 certification in quality management.

Last year the command celebrated its 100th anniversary of support to the fleet.

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