US Marine Generals Removed Over Taliban Attack

 

 

 

 

” In a rare move, the highest-ranking Marine forced two generals into retirement Monday after concluding they should be held to account for failing to secure a base in Afghanistan against a Taliban attack that killed two U.S. soldiers.

Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, said in announcing his decision that Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus and Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant “did not take adequate force protection measures” at Camp Bastion, an airfield in southwestern Afghanistan that was the Taliban target.

The Sept. 14, 2012 attack caught the Marines by surprise and resulted in the deaths of Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible and Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell. Six Marine Harrier fighter jets were destroyed by the attackers and others were badly damaged.”