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Marine Generals Fired Due to 2012 Attack in Afghanistan

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In September 2012, 15 Taliban soldiers dressed in US military fatigues cut a hole in the perimeter fence at Camp Bastion, the Marines main airport in Afghanistan. Once inside the base, the Taliban soldiers headed directly for the Marines’ hangar and sought to destroy as many aircraft as possible; In the end, the soldiers succeeded in destroying 6 Marine Harrier fighter jets, each estimated to be worth $24 million dollars.

Not only did the Taliban soldiers succeed in destroying 6 fighter jets, but they also killed 2 US Marines, and injured 16 total US and British soldiers.

The two commanding US Marine officers at Camp Bastion, Major General Charles Gurganus (the top Marine Commander in Afghanistan) and Major General Gregg Sturdevant (the Marine aviation commander in the area), were asked by Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos to retire this Monday, due to their negligence to protect their troops during the 2012 attack. According to military historian Thomas E. Ricks, this is the first time a military commander has been relieved of service due to negligence since a 1971 attack on a US military outpost in Vietnam, in which 30 soldiers were killed.

Despite the devastation wrought from the attack, the Marines did not launch an investigation until 8 months had elapsed. At the end of a 4-month investigation, the Marine Corps concluded that Gurganus and Sturdevant “did not take adequate force protection measures within the range of responses proportionate to the threat.”

General Amos stated that this was the hardest decision he has ever made as Commandant due to his long-standing relationship with the two men, but that “The fog of war, the uncertain risks of combat, and the actions of a determined foe do not relieve a commander of the responsibility for decisions that a reasonable, prudent commander of the same grade and experience would have made under similar circumstances.”

Despite the fact that the base was shared with the British and it was their personal duty to ensure that the perimeter was properly defended, Amos stated “Marines can never place complete reliance for their own safety in the hands of another force.”

In an act of admirable responsibility and ownership, Gurganus told Amos that “As the most senior commander on the ground, I am accountable.”

Both Gurganus and Sturdevant have accepted the request from Amos to retire (Perhaps the decision was made easy by the fact that both men will make $145,000 per year in pension pay due to their 2-Star rank…).

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Marine Generals Fired Due to 2012 Attack in Afghanistan
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  • Reality

    We have been in Afghanistan and Iraq for essentially, 12 years now. Nothing has changed and in fact, things have gotten worse. Many innocent people are dying on both sides of these conflicts. The really sad part is that if there was not oil or opium over there — we wouldn’t care less.

    What are the three biggest industries in the world: oil, drugs, and guns. What flourishes during wars? Oil, drugs, and guns. Who profits? Those in power. Who dies? The common man.

    This has nothing to do with terrorism and literally, nothing has changed in 12 years. It is time to end this charade and bring all out troops home.

  • will

    Is that right? $145,000/month or $1,7million per year?! That sounds off.

    $145,000/year is probably more likely.
    “(Perhaps the decision was made easy by the fact that both men will make $145,000 per month in pension pay due to their 2-Star rank…).”

    • Brian Powell

      Duly noted and corrected. Thanks.

  • Jon Nakapalau

    Did anyone get fired over Benghazi?

    • rmcnnlly

      Obummer and Clinton used the Sgt. Schultz response “I knew nothing………I saw nothing!!!!”

  • John

    I wonder what the Rules of Engagment these men labored under had to say? I wonder how thoroughly political correctness had hamstrung their ability to do their jobs? I wonder if htey were infact given the required freedom, support, and material to accomplish the task at hand? I’d bet I know the answer given this administration’s approach to the conduct militar affairs.

    Well, EVERY politician and bearucrat should take note of Gen. Gurganus’ response. There, ladies and gentlemen, goes a Marine!

  • http://yahoo jim

    Being a jr. officer in Nam w/ the Seabees I have seen this negligence before. I was there from late 65 to 68 after graduating from Arkansas @ Fayetteville. I was wounded in 66 & 68 due to rocket fire on the DMZ. We had a standing rule, if attacked you had to get the xo or the co’s APPROVAL if attacked BEFORE you could return fire. If you did not get the OK 1st, it was a court martial offense. We had 9 officers in the battalion & you are lucky if you have 1 Annapolis graduate, we had 7 of them but none had any combat experience & it showed everyday.

  • Bob

    Your comment “Perhaps the decision was made easy by the fact that both men will make $145,000 per year in pension pay due to their 2-Star rank…)” makes it appear that the two Marine Corps generals resignation were motivated by nothing more than money. Shame on you!! Owning up to a screw up takes guts…wish our President had the guts to own up to his!!

  • http://kolearije.com KOLE ARIJE,MBA-LAW

    Marine Generals Fired News Results

    In September 2012, 15 Taliban soldiers dressed in US military fatigues cut a hole in the perimeter fence at Camp Bastion, the Marines main airport in Afghanistan. Once inside the base, the Taliban soldiers headed directly for the Marines’ hangar and sought to destroy as many aircraft as possible; In the end, the soldiers succeeded in destroying 6 Marine Harrier fighter jets, each estimated to be worth $24 million dollars.

    Not only did the Taliban soldiers succeed in destroying 6 fighter jets, but they also killed 2 US Marines, and injured 16 total US and British soldiers.

    The two commanding US Marine officers at Camp Bastion, Major General Charles Gurganus (the top Marine Commander in Afghanistan) and Major General Gregg Sturdevant (the Marine aviation commander in the area), were asked by Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos to retire this Monday, due to their negligence to protect their troops during the 2012 attack. According to military historian Thomas E. Ricks, this is the first time a military commander has been relieved of service due to negligence since a 1971 attack on a US military outpost in Vietnam, in which 30 soldiers were killed.

    THEY ARE NO GENERALS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. JUDEN EVIL BEINGS GONE INTO MINDS MELTING HIGH DEGREES OF DEN MADNESS HERE. THERE IS NO SUCH THING HERE AS MEN WAR MEN GENERALS TALK LESS OF THE US, THE UNITED STATES MARINES GENERALS UNLESS THEY ARE SUCIDALS EVIL BEINGS ACTING HIGH BEAM BEINGS HERE THAT WOULD FALL INTO DISHES OF FIRERY PITS AS DANGEROUS EVIL BEINGS HEWING LIFE DANGEROUSLY CLAIMNG NONE BEINGS HIGH CLASS ONLY OF THEIR COMMAND TO SE AFIRES MEN AND LANDS AND WOMEN.

    • walt 66

      what are you gibbering about ? Did not understand a word you wrote.

  • Ron

    I spent 18 years in the USAF and if I had ever done anything negligent that caused a loss of life or damage to property, I would have faced a special courts martial. So, how are these general officers allowed to retire and not face the same punishment that I would have had to face. Plus, losing all my pay and benefits and spending sometime at Ft. Leavenworth ????????????????? oh and a bad conduct discharge wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  • Lou

    Amos has cost the Marines more officers than the Taliban and Iraqis combined.

  • walt 66

    This is nothing more then Obummer remaking the military into “my military” Look at the number of Generals and Admirals that have been fired or forced into retirement. He is just looking for bootlickers that will do his bidding.