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CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (WWAY) — The first woman to pilot the presidential helicopter has been relived of her command of a Marine Corps unit based in southeastern North Carolina.

According to a news release, Maj. Gen. Matthew Glavy, commander of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, relieved Lt. Col. Jennifer Grieves of her command of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 (HMH-464) due to a loss of trust and confidence in her ability to continue to lead. Grieves assumed command of the squadron, which is based at Marine Corps Air Station New River, in May 2016.

Maj. Gen. Glavy based his decision on issues stemming from an off-duty incident that was not properly reported, according to the release. The unreported incident was not related to squadron operations.

Military.com reports Onslow County deputies arrested Grieves at her Sneads Ferry home in December on an assault charge that stemmed from a domestic argument.

Grieves, who assumed command of the squadron in May 2016, has been replaced by Lt. Col Troy Callahan, formerly of Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1), as commander of the squadron. Grieves will be reassigned within II Marine Expeditionary Force.

Grieves enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1990, according to an online biography. She has served in positions around the world, including Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 2008 she was selected as one of five pilots for Marine One, the helicopter that flies the President of the United States. She was the first woman to earn that position.


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  • WDJ

    Any legal infraction by a military member E-6 and above is required to be reported to your immediate supervisor/commander. Nobody knows if she would’ve retained her command had she reported as directed, but I suspect she would not. Commanders are, and should be, held to a higher standard because it is that very same person who makes disciplinary decisions about their subordinates. If she were able to retain her command and get no punishment, then how would she have any credibility with her Marines when it comes to here making disciplinary decisions? Additionally, when her security clearance is due for periodic investigation, this information would’ve been found out. Without telling her immediate boss, it would bring in to question her integrity.

    This is not about her being an incredible woman, superlative pilot, or outstanding Marine officer. It is about credibility and integrity which are absolutely critical when you are a commander.

  • Andre Leonard

    Seems her only real crime was having a spouse who provoked her to violence. Naturally that’s not something to be proud of and one could see how she would be less than forthcoming in reporting it.

    Jennifer is still by all accounts a very incredible woman.

    • 58thStreetSurfer

      How do you know her spouse “provoked” her? That sounds like the argument that abused women deserve to get abused.

    • Matamoros

      There is no such thing as being “provoked into violence”. No one can “provoke” you into violence– we are human, and have free will.

  • Will D.

    The implication of this action seems to suggest that she would have retained her status if she had reported the incident. Too much weight given to being a “perfect Marine” rather than her 27 years of committed service and her ability to perform at an unquestionable very high level.

    • Boommach

      Indeed. There should be no punishment for this woman. The rules should be different for leadership. Rules would be for a lesser class. We’re trying to get away from this nonsense notion that leaders need to set the example. We’re trying to abandon anything relating to discipline and honor.

    • Matamoros

      If you’re going to not just carry the president in your helicopter, but command the unit that does so, you better be perfect.

  • Beanomac

    Thought Naval Aviators do not get awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and I also thought you had to be under enemy fire not just deployed to a combat zone to earn the ribbon as well?

    • James Bird

      She is a marine.

      • Beanomac


        Even the Marines have regulations they have to follow.

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