Two MCAS Beaufort officers charged in hazing investigation

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comJune 13, 2013 

Two staff noncommissioned officers have been charged with violating policies on hazing at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, a base public affairs officer said Thursday.

Capt. Jordan Cochran said the two officers were charged after an investigation by the base's criminal investigative division into hazing allegations that first surfaced in December.

Cochran would not comment on what the investigation uncovered or when the officers' proceedings would occur.

Less than a week after the allegations were first disclosed by the base, the commanding officer, Col. Brian Murtha, directed the investigative division to look into the hazing allegations. The base has not released any further details.

In a statement Wednesday, Cochran said, "All leaders aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort are entrusted with ensuring all Marines are treated with dignity, care and respect. Hazing will not be tolerated in any form in our Marine Corps."

The Marine Corps Installations East commanding general's policy on hazing, which applies to the air station, called the prevention of hazing an "all-hands responsibility" and encourages victims or witnesses to report violations.

Under that policy, both perpetrators and officers in the chain of command who neglect to investigate suspected incidents can be punished.

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Air station officials investigate hazing allegation, Dec. 14, 2012

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