Former Cherry Point Commander To Face Court-Martial

The former commander at Cherry Point will face a court-martial.

The Marine Corps made that announcement late today. Col. Douglas Denn was arrested last October for DWI in Newport and pleaded guilty to those state charges. The Marine Corps relieved the colonel of his command and brought their own charges.

The commander of Marine Corps Bases Atlantic today referred those charges to a court-martial. They include violating an order, dereliction of duty, false official statements, driving while impaired, conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, and conduct prejudicial to the good order and discipline of the Armed Forces.

No date has been set for the court-martial.

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  • by Brenda Location: Oikinawa on May 7, 2011 at 08:39 PM
    I'm active duty and this is no less than he deserves. He sets the example for the whole base. Early retirement don't think so. If they are doing all of this there is more to the story. It says he made a false official statement--so trust me there is more than meets the eye.
  • by ESTER SANFORD on May 4, 2011 at 08:38 PM
    That heathen liqur ruinning peoples lives.I wonder he wish he did things different.Turn to the bible than the bottle to help solve ones problems.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 05:41 PM
    Time to go fishing! Getting shot at is no fun anyway.
  • by bob Location: obx on May 4, 2011 at 05:34 PM
    you cant handle the truth!
  • by Harry Location: Goldsboro on May 4, 2011 at 05:23 PM
    Wow, you would think losing his command and being discharged, plus having to deal with the civilian judicial system, ASAP and fines he is going to be pretty well slammed against the wall. Heaping on the Court Martial smells of revenge.
  • by Raymond Location: Roanoke Rapids on May 4, 2011 at 05:08 PM
    Having been in service and an officer, there is quite possibly more to this than the general public will ever hear. Could be this officer will be reduced in rank, forfeit all allowances and be discharged. I think there is more here than meets the eye. Has this happened before? Maybe he was ordered to not drink. Certainly he has conducted himself in an unprofessional manner and certainly out of character of an "officer and a gentleman". Make a mistake and learn by it. I think this may be the second time around for this guy. His head is already on the platter.
  • by Leon Location: Kinston on May 4, 2011 at 04:48 PM
    No good dead goes unpunished, My good friend the Lord will work it out. You are a good man. You have fought battles now let God fight your battle.
  • by Kane on May 4, 2011 at 04:17 PM
    reduction in rank, letter of reprimand in his official file, and early retirement.
  • by voter Location: nc on May 4, 2011 at 02:37 PM
    this is a real shame. his life's work over.
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      by Retired Enlisted Marine on May 4, 2011 at 03:09 PM in reply to voter
      He WAS a leader and he made very bad decisions. As a commanding officer he is expected to set an example at all times. He made very bad choices. The higher your rank the harsher the punishment.
  • by Anonymous Location: Jacksonville on May 4, 2011 at 02:37 PM
    Guess they intend to make an example out of him. Fishy.
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      by Mr. Mr. on May 5, 2011 at 04:44 AM in reply to
      It's not fishy. It's no less than he deserves. He was in charge of a whole Marine Installation. With all of the anti-dui/dwi training given every year and junior Marines watching the actions of their superiors how would they take it if they're getting slammed as enlisted and drummed out for one DUI and the commander is given a tap on the wrist, officer privelege? Hell no. They already get paid at O-1 like an enlisted E-6 Staff Sergeant. That's privelege enough, they shouldn't get any more.
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