Fort Benning

Marines questioned at Fort Benning during NCIS probe

Members of a Marine Detachment graduated from training last week at Fort Benning but some couldn’t go home because of an ongoing investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

A Marine spokesman wouldn’t disclose why the trainees weren’t allowed to leave but noted the investigation.

“Interviews were conducted at the Marine Detachment, Fort Benning, as part of an ongoing NCIS investigation,” said 1st Lt. Matthew Rojo.

NCIS is a team of law enforcement personnel dedicated to protecting people, equipment, technology and infrastructure of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, according to the service’s website. Each year, they work around the world to prevent terrorism, protect secrets and reduce crime.

The Marine Corps Detachment trains Marines at the Armor School along with noncommissioned officers and officers from the regular Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard and allied soldiers from more than 20 countries.

The training provides Marines with M1A1 and Assault Breacher Vehicle crewmen as well as supporting advanced skills training in the Maneuver Center of Excellence for the U.S. Marine Corps infantry and armor communities.

The father of one of the Marines said his son will be delayed more than a week. He was set to arrive home on March 25 but he may not arrive until Thursday because of paperwork in connection with the probe. The son wasn’t the subject of the investigation but only a witness to alleged actions of another Marine, the father said.

After getting a call from an officer in the detachment, the father said he felt better. “He made me feel a lot better,” said the father, who didn’t want to be identified.

The Marines Corps Detachment has been at Fort Benning since September 2011, when the Base Realignment and Closure process moved the Armor School to Fort Benning after a 40-year history at Fort Knox, Ky. The Armor school has 17 courses in training for the Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicle and other instructions.