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Marine intel reserve unit under investigation

An intelligence unit with the Marine Forces Reserves out of New Orleans currently is under investigation for various misconduct, Marine Corps officials have confirmed.

Marine officials offered few details about the scope of the investigation.

“Force Headquarters Group takes all allegations seriously, therefore an investigation into Company A, Intel Support Battalion-New Orleans is ongoing,” Lt. Col. Ted Wong, a spokesman for Marine Forces Reserve-New Orleans, told Marine Corps Times in a statement.

But Marine Corps Times has learned some of the improprieties involve administrative and pay issues, and low morale across the unit.

The intel unit is known to have a high operational tempo. Some of the recent deployments the unit has participated in include Central Command Security Cooperation Team, counterintel detachment team, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command and the Georgia Deployment Program.

The Georgia mission is a regular six-month rotation where Marines help train and advise Georgian security forces before upcoming rotations to Afghanistan.

A U.S. Marine and soldiers conduct a patrol during the Georgia Deployment Program Mission Rehearsal Exercise aboard the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany, Aug. 17, 2017. (Cpl. Kimberly Aguirre/Marine Corps)
A U.S. Marine and soldiers conduct a patrol during the Georgia Deployment Program Mission Rehearsal Exercise aboard the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany, Aug. 17, 2017. (Cpl. Kimberly Aguirre/Marine Corps)

The current commanding officer of Intel Support Battalion-New Orleans is Lt. Col. David C. Cox and the unit’s sergeant major is Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey A. Reider.

Alpha Company leadership includes Maj. Altaf Bora and 1st. Sgt Frank Alvarez.

“Additional background information, details, and facts will be contained in the command investigation once completed,” Wong said. “Speculating the outcome or possible future actions by the Marine Corps, at this time, is premature.”

This story is breaking and Marine Corps Times will update the story as more information becomes available.

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