A Camp Pendleton Senior Marine Corps leader, who led a team of 47,000, was let go because of officials’ ‘loss of trust’ in his abilities to perform the job.
Sgt. Major Terrance Whitcomb was relieved of his duties as a senior enlisted leader of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton in California on Wednesday by Lieutenant General George Smith.
The military cited his sudden departure ‘due to loss of trust and confidence in his abilities to fulfill his assigned duties.’ It is unclear what Whitcomb’s duties included or what he did to create mistrust. ‘Loss of trust and confidence’ can include a wide variety of causes.
The military also did not mention who would take over Whitcomb’s role.
Whitcomb, who was a ‘distinguished graduate’ of Class 1957 of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, was in charge of a quarter of the Marine Corps’ active duty service.
He joined the Marines in 1993 and assumed his current rank as Sergeant Major in November 2011, serving both at Camp Pendleton and in the United Arabs Emirates. He took over as Sergeant Major of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in September 2021.
First Marine Expeditionary Force is the largest force in the Marine Corps and has a long history of combat deployment. It is based at Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar-based 3rd Marine Air Wing. It includes the West Coast air-ground task force and is made up of Marines and sailors.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Alyssa Guzman