3 relieved of command in Marine training accident

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (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.

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