The commander of Camp Lejeune’s Marine Corps Engineer School, Col. Daniel P. O’Hora, has been relieved of command according to the Marine Corps Times.
O’Hora was relieved due to “loss of trust and confidence in his ability to serve in command,” on June 6 according to Training Command statement provided to the Times. “Both the Marine Corps and Training Command are committed to holding senior leaders to the highest standard and the service’s core values,” it explained.
There is currently an ongoing investigation.
The battalion’s executive officer, Lt. Col. Gregory Marchlinski, is serving as the interim commander until a replacement has been selected.
Col. O’Hara’s bio is still on the Marine Engineer School’s website under Quantico’s Training Command.
Colonel O’Hora is a graduate of Radford University and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1989. From 1990-1993, Colonel O’Hora served as a Platoon Commander, Company Executive Officer, Battalion Assistant Logistics Officer and Company Commander while assigned with 3d Combat Engineer Battalion, Okinawa Japan. During this period, his company deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, as well as various deployments throughout South East Asia.
Following Okinawa, from 1993-1998, Colonel O’Hora served as the Officer Selection Officer in Syracuse, New York before attending Amphibious Warfare School and subsequent assignment to 8th Engineer Support Battalion (ESB), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
From 1998-2001, While assigned to 8th ESB, Colonel O’Hora served as Company Commander and Combat Service Support Detachment Executive Officer in support of Combined Arms Exercises in Twenty Nine Palms, California. It was also during this period that he augmented the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit as a planner in support of Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo. Upon his return from deployment, he served as the 8th ESB Executive Officer.
From 2001-2004, Colonel O’Hora was assigned to J4, Facilities, U.S. Forces Japan, Yokota Air Base, Japan, where he administered the facilities and area portion of the Status ofForces Agreement (SOFA) of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan.
From 2004-2006, after graduating from the Naval War College, Naval Command & Staff in Newport, Rhode Island, Colonel O’Hora was assigned to Marine Wing Support Group-27, Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina where he served as the Group’s Operations Officer.
From 2006-2008, Colonel O’Hora assumed command of 8th ESB, preparing and deploying with the battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After relinquishing command, he was assigned as the Deputy G-3, 2d Marine Logistics Group until he reported to Top Level School; Australia Defence College, Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra, Australia.
During 2009-2010, Colonel O’Hora reported to U.S. Marine Forces Command and served as the Force Engineer. During this period, he augmented Joint Task Force – Haiti as the Deputy J35, Future Plans, in support of Operation Unified Response.
Following Haiti, from 2010 to 2013, Colonel O’Hora was assigned to U.S. Second Fleet, and later US Fleet Forces Command, Commander Task Force-80, as the Fleet Marine Officer.
From 2013 to 2015, Colonel O’Hora was assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff/G-3, 2d Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Forces, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In January 2016, he served as the Group’s Chief of Staff until June 2016 when he assumed command of 2d Marine Logistics Group.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Combat Action Ribbon with gold star.
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