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3 relieved of command in Marine training accident


May 09. 2013 11:36AM
Associated Press

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(AP) Three Marine Corps officers at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune have been relieved of their command nearly two months after a training accident that killed seven Marines in Nevada.


Marine officials say a battalion commander, a company commander and an infantry weapons officer have been relieved after a mortar tube exploded during a field exercise March 18 at Hawthorne Army Depot. Seven Marines and a sailor also were wounded.


The officers relieved were Lt. Col. Andrew McNulty, Capt. Kelby Breivogel and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Douglas Derring.


Lt. Peter Koerner, a spokesman for the 2nd Marine Division, said Thursday that McNulty was relieved because of a loss of confidence in his ability to command the battalion.


He did not have details on why the other two were relieved, but said all three remain active duty Marines.


Associated Press


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