Marine Command Group at Major Recruiting Station Fired for Failing to Meet Mission

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Marine Maj. Brandon Currie speaks in Detroit, March 28, 2019.
FILE -- Marine Maj. Brandon Currie speaks about the rich Marine tradition during a community leaders reception in Detroit, March 28, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Mitchell Collyer)

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – The command group of a major Marine recruiting station have been fired for not fulfilling their mission, a spokesman for the Marine Corps said Friday.

The commander of Recruiting Station Cleveland in Ohio, Maj. Brandon Currie, Sgt. Maj. Christopher Lillie and the operations officer, whom officials declined to name, were fired last week by Col. Robert Clark, commanding officer of 4th Marine Corps district.

"They were relieved of their duties due to a loss of trust and confidence in their ability to lead and failing to meet recruitment standards," said Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Ryan Lowcher.

"The supervision of recruiting efforts in this unit resulted in substandard performance," said Clark. "Personnel directly involved in the recruitment process, like every mission, are responsible for the performance of the unit. In this instance, that performance led to a loss of trust and confidence in their continuing to execute those responsibilities."

Recruiting Station Cleveland covers most of northern and eastern Ohio and the northern tip of West Virginia.

Maj. Currie took command at the recruiting station in 2018. Previously, he was stationed at Quantico, Virginia, where he attended the command and staff college, an online biography says.

Sgt. Maj. Lillie was previously assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Force as a weapons company first sergeant in 2016 before assuming the recruiting station sergeant major role in July 2017, according to his biography.

The new commanding officer of Recruiting Station Cleveland is Maj. Thomas Abbott, Lowcher said.

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