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UPDATED: Cherry Point Commander relieved of command after drunk driving charge


CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (NEWS RELEASE) - The commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point was relieved of command Oct. 27 by the commanding general, MCIEAST.

Col. Douglas A. Denn, commanding officer of MCAS Cherry Point was relieved by MajGen. Carl B. Jensen due to loss of confidence in Denn's ability to command.

The relief occurred as a result of an investigation into allegations of Denn driving under the influence that eroded good order and discipline. Denn, who took command of the air station in August, 2009 has been temporarily assigned to administrative duties at the air station.

Col Robert D. Clinton, executive officer, MCAS Cherry Point, has assumed command. A CH-46E helicopter pilot and graduate of the Naval War College, Clinton has previously commanded Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 and served with U.S. Pacific Command, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Prior to his assignment at MCAS Cherry Point, Clinton was the Officer In Charge of the II MEF Forward Command.


MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (AP) - The colonel who commands the Marine Corps air station at Cherry Point is facing charges of speeding and drunken driving.

A Marine Corps spokesman confirmed Wednesday that Col. Douglas Denn was arrested by Newport police late Monday in Carteret County.

Maj. Will Klumpp says Denn faces charges of driving while impaired and speeding. Klumpp says Denn remains on the job as commander of the station.

The colonel became the commander at the base in August 2009. He is in charge of about 2,300 military and civilian personnel at the installation.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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