Commander, Chief Master Sergeant Fired from Civil Engineer Squadron

Lt. Col. Erin Weatherly receives the guidon as she assumes command of the 90th Civil Engineer Squadron at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, on June 15, 2017. Weatherly and Chief Master Sgt. James Clark were removed from their leadership positions at the squadron May 2. Lan Kim/Air Force
Lt. Col. Erin Weatherly receives the guidon as she assumes command of the 90th Civil Engineer Squadron at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, on June 15, 2017. Weatherly and Chief Master Sgt. James Clark were removed from their leadership positions at the squadron May 2. Lan Kim/Air Force

Less than a year after assuming command, the head of the 90th Civil Engineer Squadron at F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, and her enlisted counterpart have been removed from their leadership positions.

Lt. Col. Erin Weatherly and Chief Master Sgt. James Clark were removed from their duties earlier this month after a leadership change was deemed necessary, 90th Missile Wing spokeswoman 2nd Lt. Mikayla K. Gomez told Military.com on Tuesday.

"Col. Stacy Jo Huser, 90th Missile Wing commander, lost confidence in their abilities to carry out their duties and determined that new leadership was necessary to ensure the highest levels of precision from a squadron leadership," Gomez said in an email.

She did not give specific reasons for their removal. The news was first reported by Air Force Times.

The move to fire two top leaders in the same squadron is rare.

The Air Force did remove two commanders the 422nd Air Base Group at Royal Air Force Croughton, England, in 2014, citing a loss of confidence. It would emerge that Col. Charles Hamilton, commander of the 422nd Air Base Group, and Lt. Col. Matthew Olson, commander of the 422nd Communications Squadron, were relieved on allegations of creating a toxic work environment for airmen.

The 90th Mission Support Group is part of the 90th Missile Wing, which is made up of "1,100 men and women [who] provide civil engineering, transportation and logistics, communications, contracting, and personnel and services support" to the missile wing, according to the Air Force.

The 90th Missile Wing oversees 150 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles. F. E. Warren became the U.S.'s first operational ICBM base in 1958.

Gomez did not say whether new leaders have been named for the unit.

-- Oriana Pawlyk can be reached at oriana.pawlyk@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @Oriana0214.

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