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Marine Corps Base Hawaii commander relieved of duties

    Col. Eric Shaefer

The commanding officer of Marine Corps Base Hawaii has been relieved of his duties.

The decision to relieve Col. Eric Schaefer, commanding officer of the Kaneohe Bay installation since September 2014, was made due to “loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead his command,” Marine Corps Installations Pacific commander Maj. Gen. Charles Hudson said in a statement Tuesday in Okinawa.

Col. Christopher B. Snyder, deputy commander of Marine Corps Installations Pacific, is the interim commanding officer until Headquarters Marine Corps names a permanent replacement.

Schaefer has been reassigned to another position.

Schaefer graduated from San Diego State University in 1991, according to his Marine Corps biography.He has flown more than 2,000 military flight hours as a pilot and is a Bronze Star recipient. Schaefer participated in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and held numerous command positions before taking command of Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

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