"Gen. James F. Amos, the Marine Corps Commandant, announced the disciplinary action on Monday. He said the punishments were unprecedented in modern Marine Corps history and were an effort “to remain true to the timeless axioms relating to command responsibility and accountability.”
Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, formerly NATO’s regional commander in southwestern Afghanistan, was faulted for failing to properly assess risks posed by the insurgency operating outside the vast military base in Helmand Province that included camps Bastion, Leatherneck and Shorabak.
General Gurganus had been nominated for his third star and a senior leadership role at the Marine Corps headquarters at the Pentagon, but will retire instead.
Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant, the former commander of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing forces assigned to Afghanistan, was faulted for not having established an integrated system of security at Bastion airfield, and will also take early retirement."
Homage to the US Marine Corps. The institutional courage required to do the right thing in such a case is an example that my own service, the US Army has not displayed since Vietnam
when a major general was relieved of command in similar circumstance.
For too long have general offciers avoided the consequences of action or inaction that occurred under their command. For too long have junior leaders been required to bear the burden of punishment while their superiors escaped.
It should be noted that Major General Gurganus has stated in a most soldierly way that he was responsible and that he accepts this painful decision. pl