Just over a year ago, enemy forces with access to the inside workings of Camp Bastion and Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, attacked and killed two U.S. service members, wounded eight others, and destroyed over $150 million in Harrier jets.
This week two senior Marine generals, Maj. Gen. Charles Gurganus and Maj. Gen. Gregg Sturdevant were asked to take premature retirement by the Commandant of the Marine Corps as fallout for the incident. Both are accused of failing to take actions to prevent the attack.
Speaking anonymously, a Marine officer who was on-base the day of the attack, maintains that the U.S. government had so severely cut security funding that the perpetrators had “eyes on” for weeks prior to the deadly incident. Under the rules-of-engagement at the time, he alleges that his superior officers had few choices on how to handle events leading up to the Sept. 14-15, 2012, attack.
Killed that day were Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, 40, of Huntingdon, Pa., and Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, of Kokomo, Ind.
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