January 27, 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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