Marine Col. Daren Margolin Relieved of Duty After Accidental Discharge of Weapon: List of Relieved

Twenty-four years of service gone with a “loss of confidence.” Colonel Daren Margolin, Commander of Quantico’s Security Battalion, was relieved of duty after the accidental discharge of an M9 handgun inside his office. Most of Quantico is “unarmed.” What is not explained is whether or not Margolin was forbidden from having a weapon in his office.

Marine Col. Daren Margolin

Marine Col. Daren Margolin

Col. Daren Margolin, a 24-year officer was removed from his post Oct. 18 by Maj. Gen. Juan Ayala. Capt. Maureen Krebs, a Marine Corps spokeswoman said the following:

Krebs said the decision stemmed from a single incident last week involving one of Margolin’s personal weapons, but said she did not have authorization to elaborate on the incident. Margolin has also been charged with several violations under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but the specific charges are not releasable because Margolin’s relief was the result of an administrative process, she said. Source: Army Times

Quantico does not allow military personnel to carry weapons. Once a weapon is registered, they must be “stored at the base armory, off-base or in non-barracks family housing under-security conditions” Base security are armed.

Col. Margolin is now a member of a not-so-exlusive club as the numbers of officers relieved of duty grow at a rapid race. See a partial list below. Jaw-dropping!

General Carter Ham, 2nd in Command of AFRICOM, U.S. Army, relieved of duty in Tripoli, Libya minutes after refusing to “stand down” on the Benghazi Special Mission attack.

Admiral Charles Gaouette, in charge of AFRICOM, USS John C. Stennis strike group, US Navy

Vice Admiral Tim Giardina, Commander US Nuclear Forces, US Air Force, Offet Air Force Base

Brigadier General Bryan W. Wampler – 143 ESC, US Army, Kuwait

Sgt. Major Don Jordan – 143 ESC, US Army, Kuwait

Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz – US Navy, somewhere on the high seas with the 7th Fleet

List of 25 Navy Commanders relieved of duty in 2012

197 Officers (and counting)…

157 Air Force Majors terminated due to budgetary shortfall:

“The Obama administration has ordered massive reductions in forces, resulting in many officers who are near retirement being involuntarily separated without retirement or medical benefits,” explained institute director Maj. Kyndra Rotunda.

The Department of Defense specifies that service members within six years of retirement normally would be retained and allowed to retire on time with benefits, unless extenuating circumstances exist such as disciplinary issues.

According to lawyers at Chapman and the AMVETS Legal Clinic, the Air Force has deviated from the six-year protection “without any legal authority.” Source: Daily Caller

H/T Facebook friend, Scotser Farrara 

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  • Without additional details hard to say it it was justified or not.There are a number of things you can do with a deadly weapon that could go far beyond a simple case of poor judgment.

    • proof, with so many relieved of duty, there’s no way to know the truth. Speaking not of just Margolin, but all of them, they can’t tell their story because they will lose their retirement benefits.

  • So, this is Obama speak for, “He wouldn’t turn his weapon on fellow citizens.”

    • Woodsterman, sure could be. If the rumors going around are true, some one of them must start talking but it takes courage to face losing a lifetime of earned retirement benefits.

  • Another fine officer being purged from the military by Our Glorious Dictator. When he is finished can the military even fight its way out of a paper bag.

    • findalis, the troops can if they still have a weapon.

  • Edward J McKay LtCol USMC (ret)

    This is unfortunately typical of the over-reaction of a politically correct military. The real problem resides at the top, and the current apparent purge of patriotic military officers with solid qualifications coupled with the mass arming of a civilian police force by this administration while it attacks the second amendment rights of all of us is very troubling.

    • Lt. Col McKay, thank you for commenting on this story. I and my readers see it as a problem at the top as well. What is also disturbing are some of those who have so willingly fallen into the PC mode when it comes to Islam. First example, Fort Hood. We are not fearful of those like Col. Margolin, but are fearful of those helping the administration and this DoD carry out a plan that I believe is treasonous.