January 24, 2021

Decorated Marine relieved of command after deadly sinking of assault vehicle off San Clemente Island

CAMP PENDLETON — The decorated leader of a Camp Pendleton-based landing team was relieved of command on Tuesday after an amphibious assault vehicle sank off San Clemente Island, killing eight Marines and a sailor, military officials announced.

Lt. Col. Michael J. Regner was relieved of command based on “a substantial amount of information and data,” according to a statement by Lt. Gen. Karsten S. Heckl, the commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

Assault Amphibious Vehicles come ashore during Iron Fist 2020 exercises at Camp Pendleton, CA on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. About 1,200 Marines, sailors and the Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces trained as part of the U.S. Japan postwar defense alliance. (File photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG) 

Regner, a decorated Marine who served on multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, commanded the 1st Battalion/4th Marine Regiment on Camp Pendleton.

“Heckl relieved Regner due to a

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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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Deadly Car Crash | IHSA Wins

Miss a day, miss a lot, so take a moment to catch up on some of the past week’s headlines from Arlington Heights and beyond.

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2 Killed In Car Crash Near Airport In Wheeling

The Wednesday morning accident,

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Deadly Snake Found Slithering Inside Glove Box Of Car [WATCH]

A woman “got a hell of a fright” after she found a deadly snake slithering inside the glove box of her car in the Australian town of Clarendon.

The unidentified woman was driving when she realized there was a snake inside the glove box. She  then managed to pull over in front of a medical store and contact experts who sent snake catcher Andrew Smedley to the location. 

The video of the removal of the Red-Bellied Black snake went viral after it was posted on Facebook by Smedley.

“The lady driving obviously got a hell of a fright as she seen it coming out while driving & pulled in to the chemist. I opened up the glove box and there it was sitting nice and content,” Smedley wrote in the post. “It’s usually a nightmare to find a snake when its got in to a car but luckily found this

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