A senior Marine Corps commander of 47,000 at Camp Pendleton, California, with nearly 30 years of service, was fired due to a “loss of confidence” in his abilities.
- Sergeant Major Terrence Whitcomb was relieved of his duties as senior enlisted commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton.
- The military cited his sudden departure “due to a loss of confidence and confidence in his ability to carry out the duties entrusted to him.”
- It is not known what his duties were, but as commander of the 1st Expeditionary Force, he commanded almost a quarter of the active Marine army.
- It is not known who will take over his role in the force at Camp Pendleton.
- Whitcomb has been a Marine since 1993 and became a sergeant major in 2011 but entered his final role in 2021.
- During his 29-year career, he won several prestigious medals, including the Medal of Merit.
Senior Marine Corps Commander Camp Pendleton, who led a team of 47,000, was fired because officials “lost confidence” in his ability to do the job.
Sgt. On Wednesday, Lieutenant General George Smith relieved Major Terrence Whitcomb of his senior enlisted command of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, California.
The military cited his sudden departure “due to a loss of confidence and confidence in his ability to carry out the duties entrusted to him.” It is not clear what Whitcomb’s duties were, and what he did to create distrust. “Loss of trust and confidence” can be caused by a variety of reasons.
The military also did not mention who would take over Whitcomb’s role.
Whitcomb, who was an “honorary graduate” of the Senior Naval Academy Class of 1957, was responsible for a quarter of the active duty Marine Corps.
Sergeant Major Terrence Whitcomb was relieved of his duties as senior enlisted commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton in California.
He joined the Marines in 1993 and received his current rank of sergeant major in November 2011 while serving at Camp Pendleton and the United Arab Emirates. He assumed the post of Sergeant Major with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in September 2021.
The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force is the largest branch of the Marine Corps and has a long history of combat use. It is based at Camp Pendleton and 3rd Marine Air Wing at Miramar. It includes the West Coast Air-to-Ground Task Force, made up of Marines and Sailors.
He also served as a drill instructor, chief of administration, and personnel clerk throughout his 29-year career, and in 2005 and 2007 he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Forces to the Middle East between 2016 and 2018.
Whitcomb (right, with previous commanding general Robert Castelvi) has received numerous awards in his 29-year career, including the Medal of Merit, the third most prestigious award given by the Department of Defense.
The military referred to the fact that he was fired “due to a loss of confidence and confidence in his ability to perform the duties assigned to him.” It is not clear what his duties were and what led to his dismissal.
During his nearly 30-year career, he received the Medal of Merit, the third most prestigious award given by the Department of Defense; the Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor, an award given to service members who have accomplished an exceptional act, which he won four times; and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, which is awarded for combat or non-combat achievement that is exclusive to Lieutenant Commander or above. He won it three times.
contacted Camp Pendleton and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force for comment.
Lieutenant General George Smith (pictured) relieved Whitcomb of his duties on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, police found the body of 28-year-old Sarah Celeste Otero at the foot of a cliff at a remote part of Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California.
According to spokeswoman Jennifer Atenza, officers said they spotted her car abandoned at a bus stop near Camp Pendleton on February 8.
A forensic examination has not yet determined the exact cause of death, but there is no suspicion of foul play.
She battled depression and abused drugs, but has been sober for the last two years.
Otero told her stepfather that she would go to a local gym on January 28 to meet a friend, but according to FOX News, the friend was unaware of any such plans and Otero never showed up.
Camp Pendleton is located in Southern California and is home to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.