Del Toro censured some officers who had been removed from their employment soon after the sinking, but expanded culpability to incorporate Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, who was about to step down and retire the working day the disaster transpired. Osterman was “responsible for mitigating the inherent challenges in operations and instruction,” Del Toro wrote, and “did not fully take pleasure in the possible destructive impact” of the coronavirus pandemic on the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which fell under his command.
“The Maritime Corps calls for its leaders to carry out the mission, even in seemingly insurmountable instances,” Del Toro wrote in his letter to Osterman, dated Sunday. “You failed to detect and mitigate the human, material, and teaching failures that resulted in this mishap. Appropriately, you are censured for failing to correctly make certain proper amounts of instruction and substance readiness in units beneath your command.”
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The other officers censured involve Maritime Col. Christopher Bronzi, then-commanding officer of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Device Navy Capt. Stewart Bateshansky, who oversaw an amphibious job involved Navy Capt. John Kurtz, then-commanding officer of the USS Somerset and Lt. Col. Keith Brenize, then-commanding officer of the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion. All held leadership roles, and Kurtz oversaw the ship from which the automobile was launched though at sea.
Navy Capt. Jereal Dorsey, a spokesman for Del Toro, mentioned in an e mail that the secretary made a decision to make the determination soon after a “careful overview of the command investigations and conversations with senior leaders” inside the Navy Department.
The censured officers could not right away be achieved for remark.
The Maritime Corps previously found that the 35-year-outdated armored vehicle — built to carry Marines ashore in fight — endured various leaks and came from a fleet of motor vehicles that was in negative condition. Strains developed by the pandemic sophisticated the teaching schedules of the Marines associated, the provider observed.
The lifeless incorporated Pfc. Bryan J. Baltierra, 18, of Corona, Calif. Lance Cpl. Marco A. Barranco, 21, of Montebello, Calif. Pfc. Evan A. Bath, 19, of Oak Creek, Wis. Navy Hospitalman Christopher Gnem, 22, of Stockton, Calif. Pfc. Jack Ryan Ostrovsky, 21, of Bend, Ore. Lance Cpl. Guillermo S. Perez, 20, of New Braunfels, Tex Cpl. Wesley A. Rodd, 23, of Harris, Tex. Lance Cpl. Chase D. Sweetwood, 18, of Portland, Ore. Cpl. Cesar A. Villanueva, 21, of Riverside, Calif.