A Marine Corps Air Station New River sergeant major has been removed from his position while on deployment.
Sgt. Maj. Kevin Trotter, sergeant major of New River-based Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 and currently deployed with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit was relieved from duty by his command pending allegations of misconduct on Friday, confirmed Lt. Col. Cliff Gilmore, a public affairs officer with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force.
Gilmore said Trotter is under investigation but no further details regarding the investigation or his alleged misconduct would be provided to protect Trotter's privacy rights.
This is the second high-profile removal of a member of the MEU leadership within just over a year.
According to previous reports by The Daily News, the former commanding officer of the 22nd MEU, Col. James Christmas, was relieved of command in July. Christmas' relief was administrative in nature and due to a loss in confidence in Christmas' ability to continue commanding the MEU, according to the report. The specifics of his relief were not released by base officials.
Trotter assumed the top enlisted leadership position with VMM-263 in April 2012, according to his Marine Corps bio.Trotter, who enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1989, has been through two combat tours with Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to Trotter's biography on the official Marine Corps website.
Before reporting to VMM-263, he served as the company first sergeant of Headquarters and Service Company and company first sergeant of Echo Company where his unit was attached to 31st MEU.
His personal decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal one gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars, Combat Action ribbon with one gold star and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with one Silver Star and bronze star.
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