06 Aug '18, 2pm

Report details dangerous flying, abuse of authority by fired MCAS Futenma commander

Report details dangerous flying, abuse of authority by fired MCAS Futenma commander

The former commander of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma was a “high risk aviator” who pulled rank to get more time in the cockpit, according to a Marine Corps command investigation. Col. Mark Coppess was fired from his job at the Okinawa air station on June 5 by Marine Corps Installations Pacific chief Brig. Gen. Paul Rock due to “loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead his command.” The investigation — detailed in a May 22 report — was launched the previous spring following a complaint about “bullying, abuse of authority to further a personal agenda and a generally poor command climate” at the home of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. It found that Coppess had “abused his authority via inappropriate command pressure regarding his personal flight hours and flight qualification/designation objectives, to the detriment of his command’s climate.” Aviators at the air ...

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