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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