Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Regnar, commanding officer, battalion landing team, First Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), was let go because of “a lack of confidence and confidence in his ability to command”. According to a press release, the accident on July 30.
Military teams located submerged AAVs as well as human remains after a widespread search in August.
The AAV involved in the crash was transferring 15 marines and a sailor on a naval ship off the coast of San Diego to the coast of San Diego when the AAV began to sink. Eight marines were rescued after the accident and one was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Marines were attached to the 15th MEU based at Camp Pendleton.
Tuesday’s press release stated that a “substantial amount of information and data” was collected from the crash and an investigation is still ongoing.
“Marines and sailors of the 15th MEU continue training to prepare for crisis and contingency response,” the statement said.
Officers with the 15th MEU identified the personnel involved in the crash. The service member whose body was recovered was Lance Corporal Guillermo S. Peres, a 20-year-old Marine from New Braunfels, Texas. He was pronounced dead before being taken by helicopter to Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego. Perez Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1/4, was a rifleman with the 15th MEU.
The missing was identified as: 19-year-old private first class Brian J. of Corona, California. Lance Corporal Marco A., 21, of Montebello, California. Barrenco; Corporal Caesar A., 21, of Riverside, California. US Navy Hospitalman Christopher Ganim, 22, Stockton, California; Private first class Ivan A. Bath, 19, of Oak Creek, Wisconsin; Private first-class Jack Ryan Ostrovsky, 21 of Bend, Oregon; Corporal Wesley A. Rodd, 23, of Harris, Texas; And Lance Corporal Chase d. Sweetwood, 19, of Portland, Oregon.
David Martin contributed to this report.