January 19, 2021

Marine Corps fires commander after 9 service members died when their amphibious assault vehicle sank into the sea



a group of people looking at the camera: Marine Corps Lt. Col. Michael J. Regner Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jailine L. AliceaSantiago


© Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jailine L. AliceaSantiago
Marine Corps Lt. Col. Michael J. Regner Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jailine L. AliceaSantiago

  • The Marine Corps has decided to fire the commander of the unit involved in an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) accident that left nine service members dead in July, the Marine Corps said in a press statement Tuesday evening.
  • The Marine Corps said that Lt. Col. Michael Regner, the commander of Battalion Landing Team 1/4 attached to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was relieved “due to a loss in trust and confidence in his ability to command as a result of the assault amphibious vehicle mishap.”
  • The Marine Corps investigation into the AAV accident that killed eight Marines and a Navy sailor is still ongoing.
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The Marine Corps has fired the commander of the unit involved in the

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Marine Corps fires commander following deadly July assault vehicle accident

The Marine Corps has fired a commanding officer following the deaths of nine service members killed in an amphibious assault vehicle accident this summer off the coast of Southern California.

Lt. Col. Michael Regner, commanding officer of Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment was relieved “due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command as a result of the assault amphibious vehicle mishap” on July 30, according to a service statement released Tuesday.

The firing comes months after the fatal training accident which involved the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based out of Camp Pendleton near San Diego. Eight Marines and one Navy sailor were killed when their vehicle sank in 385 feet of water off the coast of San Clemente Island.

Lt. Gen. Karsten Heckl, the commanding general of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, relieved Regner after an investigation “compiled a substantial amount of

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