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Four USMC officers fired in connection with air crash that killed several

Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann served 16 years in the Marine Corps. His decorations include the Air Medal with twenty-four Strike Flight Awards, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. He is survived by his wife and three daughters. He was promoted to the rank of Lt. Col. posthumously. (Marine Corps photo)

Four US Marine officers are no longer holding command roles after it was revealed that toxic leadership contributed to the death of several aircrew in 2018.

The incident surrounded the collision that took place off the coast of Japan on December 6, when an F/A-18 and KC-130 struck each other, killing all but one individual involved.

The investigation that followed revealed a command climate so dismal that, upon conclusion, the refueling unit commander, executive officer, operations officer and aviation safety officer were all sacked and relegated to other positions within the Corps.

According to ABC 12, the investigation also revealed that a determined a pilot’s inexperience conducting nighttime in-air refueling contributed to the crash.

Six Marines were killed during the incident. They have been identified as Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann, Maj. James M. Brophy, Staff Sgt. Maximo A. Flores, Cpl. Daniel E. Baker, Cpl. William C. Ross, and Capt. Jahmar Resilard.

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