Friday, April 15, 2011

Marines Lose Jobs After Instructor's Drowning

The January death of Assault Amphibian School Battalion instructor Sgt Wesley Rice in a training accident has led to the firing of the school's commander, Lt Col James Harris IV, and 7 others.  Rice drowned when the amphibious vehicle (amtrac) in which he was riding sank.  An investigation found "a mechanical failure on the vehicle, nonstandard training and operating procedures, and ultimately a lack of sufficient oversight within” the school as contributing factors to Rice's death.