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.
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!
“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
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