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Marine Squadron Commander relieved due to ‘loss of trust, confidence’


Lieutenant Colonel Taylor White

A Cherry Point commander has been relieved after a Maj. Gen. lacked confidence in his ability to lead.

The Commander of Marine Wing Support Squadron 274, Lt. Col. Taylor White, was relieved of command on Thursday by the 2nd MAW commander, Maj. Gen. Matthew Glavy, according to a news release.

The wing has come under scrutiny because of two significant events resulting in death:

  • July 10: A KC-130 carrying 16 service members crashed after taking off from Cherry Point.
  • July 11: Two Marines were struck by lightning while working the flight line in New River which is in close proximity to Cherry Point. One has since passed and the other Marine has recovered.

A military official for 2nd MAW stated that MWSS-274 wasn’t involved in either incident and White’s relief from command wasn’t related, according to Military.com.

According to his LinkedIn bio, Lt. Col. Write was responsible for:

“The command and control of a Marine Corps Support Squadron with 580 Marines and Sailors and over $140 million in equipment and supplies. Unit provides aviation ground support enabling Marine aviation to operate from austere expeditionary airfields, as close to the forward edge of the battlefield as possible. Responsible for providing base camp support, life support services, water purification and distribution, electrical generation and distribution, aircraft and ground refueling, firefighting, explosive ordnance disposal, airfield lighting and arresting gear, motor transportation, communications and combat engineering services.”

White has been replaced by Lt. Col. Scott Cobb.

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