Osprey Squadron CO Fired After Crash

Lt. Col. Matt Glover

HURLBURT FIELD -- The commander of the CV-22 Osprey squadron that lost one of its aircraft in a crash last week has been dismissed from his post.

Air Force leadership has lost confidence in Lt. Col. Matt Glover, who headed Hurlburt Field's 8th Spe-cial Operations Squadron since May 2011.

"The challenges of the 8th Special Operations Squadron's demanding mission require new leadership to maintain the highest levels of precision and to reliably support the ground forces which count on the 8th SOS to safely accomplish their missions," Col. Jim Slife, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, said in a prepared statement.

The dismissal comes in the wake the Osprey crash June 13 on Eglin Air Force Base's reservation that injured five airmen and destroyed the tiltrotor aircraft.

Three of the five airmen had been released from area hospitals as of Tuesday.

The cause of the crash has not been determined, although Air Force officials have said there is no evidence yet to suggest it was a mechanical failure.

It was the latest blight in the CV-22's controversial history. Several other crashes and incidents, leading to deaths in certain cases, have spurred extensive investigations into the Osprey's Marine Corps and Air Force variants.

Glover was selected to command the 8th SOS with the stated goal of growing and improving the CV-22 force, according to his online Air Force biography. He was a CV-22 student at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico before he joined the 8th SOS.

Slife said he no longer believed Glover had "the ability to effectively command the unit."

Hurlburt did not immediately respond Thursday more questions about the squadron and the future of the CV-22 program.

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