REPORT INSPECTOR GENERAL COMPLAINT COST
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The commanding officer of a Marine helicopter attack unit based in Hawaii has been fired, but few details are available as of press time.
What we do know is this: Lt. Col. Jay Moorman is no longer C. O. of HMLA-367 at Kaneohe Bay. The officer had assumed command on May 1st of this year.
A brief statement from 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force said Brig. Gen. Steve Rudder, the boss at 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, had "lost confidence in" Moorman's "ability to lead."
The 1995 Naval Academy graduate has been replaced at the chopper unit by Maj. Gregory Rivaldi.
I. G. COMPLAINT MAY HAVE SPARKED ACTION
Moorman, a native of Savannah, Ga., could not be reached for comment. He has less than 20 years on active duty, and being relieved of command is a career-ender, so it is not at this time clear if he will be allowed to remain in the Corps long enough to qualify for retirement. That would amount to a matter of months.
We are still trying to find out what caused the 42 year-old officer's firing, but Marine Corps TIMES was told that whatever it was, a complaint against Moorman filed with the I.G. earlier this year may have been a catalyst in the matter.
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