JACKSONVILLE, NC (WREX) — Almost two months after a training accident killed seven Marines in Nevada, three officers at Camp Lejeune have been relieved of their command.
During a March 18 field exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot, a mortar tube exploded, killing seven Marines, wounding seven more, and also wounding a sailor.
Lt. Col. Andrew McNulty, Capt. Kelby Breivogel, and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Douglas Derring have been relieved. According to a spokesman for the 2nd Marine Division. McNulty was relieved due to lack of confidence in his ability to command his battalion. The spokesman had no details on Breivogel or Derring.
All three Marines are still on active duty.