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Marine Training command fires Navy commander of training battalion

Navy Capt. Michael O. Enriquez speaks to friends and family during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, on June 29, 2018. The commanding officer of Field Medical Battalion-West was relieved of his command on Monday. (Cpl. Lukas Kalinauskas/Marine Corps)

The head of Marine Training command has sacked the Navy captain in charge of teaching the field medical training battalion at Camp Pendleton, CA.

Navy Capt. Michael O. Enriquez was effectively given the axe by Marine Training Command’s Brig. Gen. Jason Morris, who cited a “loss of trust and confidence.”

According to the Navy Times, the decision was made following an investigation, and Cmdr. Boyce R. Gire, the former executive officer of Field Medical Training Battalion-West, has assumed interim command.

Enriquez was initially given command in the summer of 2018, and had previously served as the executive officer of FMTB-W.

The unit in question is tasked with a crucial role- the training of Fleet Marine Force hospital corpsmen, which are an invaluable asset to Marines in the field.

Enriquez is a prior enlisted man who initially enlisted in 1989 as a Hospital Corpsman. Prior to going to university to become an officer, he served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He commissioned in 1999.

The captain’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal with two bronze stars.

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