Lt. Col. Michael E. Hernandez has been relieved as commander of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 “due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to continue to lead,” according to a Friday statement issued by the Corps.
Maj. Gen. Mark Wise, commander of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at the Miramar air station, based his decision “strictly on performance” and indicated that no misconduct has been alleged by Hernandez, 45, according to the press release.
Attempts by The San Diego Union-Tribune to contact Hernandez were not successful.
Maj. David J. Donnell, the squadron’s executive officer, will take temporary command of MALS-11, the “Devilfish.”
The selected Hernandez to command MALS-11 in mid-2014.
Hernandez graduated from Recruit Depot in 1990 and served as a reservist parachute rigger at the Navy’s air station in Dallas, rising to the rank of sergeant.
He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1996 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.
His 26 years of service included humanitarian operations in New Guinea, the 2000 mission to retrieve the Navy guided-missile destroyer Cole after it was blasted by an Al Qaeda bomb in Yemen, and a tour in Baghdad in 2007 as the Deputy Inspector General to multinational coalition force.
His decorations include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Commendation Medal with Gold Star and the Navy and Achievement Medal.
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