Marine Maj. Gen. Stephen Neary was released from command of Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa Tuesday by Marine Commandant Gen. David Berger, the Corps said.
“Neary was relieved that he had lost confidence in his ability to take command,” said a press release from Marine Corps headquarters on Tuesday.
The general is examined for alleged use of a racial insult during physical training outside the headquarters of the Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa in Boeblingen, Germany, Stars and Stripes reported first.
Neary reportedly asked junior marines how they were feeling about the N word while doing physical training to rap music with the word on in the background, “which made Neary ask the junior Marines how they would feel if he said it,” and then said it, said one present Lance sergeant to Stripes.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, Captain Joseph Butterfield told the Marine Corps Times on Tuesday.
The general joined the corps in 1988 and was a professional infantry officer who, according to his official unit biography, served as a company commander and battalion commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
According to a Marine Corps press release, Neary took command of Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa on July 8th.
Marine Col. Jame Iulo will be acting commandant of the armed forces, according to the press release.
The Marine Corps Times has not yet been able to reach Neary for comment.