After the surprise attack on Camp Bastion in September 2012, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos requested an investigation to determine if the top commander in the area Maj. Gen. Charles “Mark” Gurganus, or other members of his staff, share some responsibility.
The attack occurred on one of the largest bases in Afghanistan. Fifteen insurgents are said to have staked out the base for weeks before cutting a fence on its perimeter and going on a six-hour rampage inside, killing two U.S. Marines, wounding eight other personnel and destroying six AV-8B Harrier jets. The incident marks the single greatest loss of U.S. military aircraft since the war in Vietnam, and one of the most brazen security insides on a major base in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Amos’ request for an investigation in May came as he cracked down on accountability for commanders across the Corps. At least seven Marine commanders, from captain to colonel in rank, have been relieved for cause since mid-March. In each case, general officers have cited only a loss of confidence as the reason.