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Marine brigadier general abruptly removed from post

April 12, 1997

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) _ Brig. Gen. Harry K. Barnes was removed from his command of a Marine base Friday because his ``ability to continue in command has been impaired,″ Marine Corps officials said.

Barnes relinquished command of the Marine Corps Logistics Base to Maj. Gen. Gary S. McKissock, said Col. Charles Young, the base chief of staff.

``An ongoing investigation has led the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Charles C. Krulak, to conclude that Brig. Gen. Barnes’ ability to continue in command has been impaired,″ Young said Friday.

Barnes is one of the 68 highest-ranking officers in the roughly 174,000-person strong Marine Corps.

The Inspector General’s Office of Headquarters is conducting the investigation, spokesman Maj. Scott Campbell said.

``The preliminary investigation provided enough information to Gen. Krulak for him to conclude that Brig. Gen. Barnes could no longer effectively serve as the commanding general at MCLB, Albany,″ Campbell said.

Barnes took over the base last July 11, replacing Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Stewart, who transferred to Washington.

In March, the base announced Barnes was retiring, effective Sept. 1.

The base, which employs 2,400 civilians and 900 Marines, is responsible for maintaining and refurbishing equipment such as tanks and assault vehicles, and coordinating the supply of combat troops.

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