Marine air squadron commander removed for ‘poor judgment’
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The commander of a Marine Corps fighter squadron was removed over concerns that he showed poor judgment, the military said Thursday.
Lt. Col. Ralph Featherstone was relieved of command of Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 225, based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, on Jan. 24.
In a statement, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said Featherstone was “relieved for cause following concerns of poor judgment.”
“The relief came as a surprise from an otherwise exceptionally performing commander with a long and distinguished career,” the statement said.
The air wing didn’t provide details but said an interim officer-in-charge has been assigned to the squadron.
Featherstone was relieved of command a day after taking part in a flyby ceremony marking the retirement of the squadron’s aging F/A-18 fighters, which are being replaced by new F-35 aircraft, the Orange County Register reported.
Featherstone, a decorated Iraq combat veteran, was given command of the squadron last April.