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Marine command group at major recruiting station fired for failing to meet mission

Marine Maj. Brandon Currie, seen here at a function in Detroit in March 2019, was relieved of command of Recruiting Station Cleveland along with the unit's sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Christopher Lillie and the operations officer, whom officials refused to name.

U.S. MARINE CORPS

By IMMANUEL JOHNSON | STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 10, 2020

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 biolgraphy 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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Maj. Brandon Currie, left, and Sgt. Maj. Christopher Lillie, right, with Marine recruits before they headed off to boot camp. Currie and Lillie have been fired from Recruiting Station Cleveland for not fulfilling their recruiting mission, a spokesman for the Marine Corps said Friday.
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