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JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) — Three officers at Camp Lejeune have been relieved of command following a March training accident in Nevada in which seven Marines were killed.

The battalion commander, a company commander and an infantry weapons officer have been relieved following the March 18 training accident at Hawthorne Army Depot.

Marine spokesman Lt. Oliver David said Wednesday that Lt. Col. Andrew McNulty, Capt. Kelby Breivogel and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Douglas Derring have been relieved.

David said the decision was made by Brig. Gen. James Lukeman, commander of the 2nd Marine Division. David said no charges are expected under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The accident occurred when a 60 millimeter mortar tube exploded during a field exercise. Seven Marines and a sailor were also wounded.

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  • Vog46

    This is bad when you get relieved of command after a training accident unless, of course we don’t know the whole story (which we don’t).
    Then we have the Air Force transferring or relieving 17(?) people from a Minuteman launch site due to incompetency?
    And sexual abuse seems rampant throughout all branches.

    Hagels got his work cut out for him.



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