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Cherry Point commander removed after arrest

Posted October 28, 2010

— The Marine Corps has relieved the commander of the Cherry Point air station of his duties following a drunken driving arrest, officials said Thursday.

Newport police pulled Col. Douglas Denn over at 11 p.m. Monday, and a sobriety test showed he had a breath-alcohol level of 0.14, according to the Carteret County Clerk of Courts Office.

In North Carolina, drivers with a breath-alcohol level of 0.08 are considered impaired.

Marine Maj. Gen. Carl Jensen relieved Denn of his duties, saying the arrest had eroded good order and discipline within the ranks at Cherry Point and that he was no longer confident in Denn's ability to command, according to a news release from Marine Corps Installations East.

Denn, who had led the air station since August 2009, has been assigned to administrative duties there.

Marine Col. Robert Clinton has assumed command at Cherry Point.


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  • Mugu Oct 29, 2010

    leo is full of hot air.

  • Tarheelfan13 Oct 28, 2010

    Sherlock, I enjoyed your post. I agree.

  • CuriousT Oct 28, 2010

    "When a congressman gets pulled over for DWI, they claim congressional immunity and are let go.

    Lets use the Marine Corp code of conduct for congress!!!

    Sitting politicians are not pulled over in this state. I once complained to a LEO about someone in the NC Legislature that I saw speeding (I had the tag number). I didn't know the individual speeding, so there wasn't any "bias" there. I was told that LEOs don't run those plates as the HP will show up in their commander's office.......and they never run the tags again. There IS a special exemption in NC for our elected officials.

    I doubt this will post. But, I'm trying to see if there's any bias by this site too.

  • Sherlock Oct 28, 2010

    Tarheel 13,
    I agree with u about the level of displaine within the ranks of the military as I'm retire and what you have to say about or rather compare to what LEO have. IMost of the ranks within the LEO system would love to have that level of displaine the only problem is laws prevent them from taking any action like this they have the Due-process law to protect them. The only agency tht can use this level of displaine is the High Sheriff, were an individual can come to work his hair parted wrong and the Sheriff can fire him on the spot w/ no recourse for the indivdual. I feel that if the LEO system could act like the military we would have great officers. At one time the SHP was one of the most respected law enforcement organizations in the world.

  • USAF20YR Ret Oct 28, 2010

    Your comments show why I always preferred working for Mustangs!
    Good job!

  • Hater like Darth Vader Oct 28, 2010

    LEO: don't flatter yourself. Police officers would still be able to get work at another city no problem. Them transferring him would be the same thing except for it making him ineligible for promotion for a time as well as he probably loses some of his bonus pay. I have much more respect for a Devil Dog Colonel than I do for anyone in a city police force.

  • Tarheelfan13 Oct 28, 2010

    I went to the official website of Cherry Point air station and they have already taking his biography down. That was fast.

  • braddavis Oct 28, 2010


    If you can't hang with the big dogs (Devil Dogs) stay home on your porch.--loudestmanistheweakestman

    You prove my point exactly. So I should go fight to prove my manhood? Wouldn't the truly disciplined man know that turning the other cheek is more manly than showing out and fighting. Love the Marine way, love the discipline, respect the Corps, but have no tolerance for the testosterone overdrive I see at clubs........it's true and you know it!

  • Tarheelfan13 Oct 28, 2010

    Also leo-nc the military has its own legal system and applicable federal laws that pertain to military service/retirement in relation to cases such as this. This is not like a local law enforcement agency such as a sheriffs office where the law enforcement officer serves at the will of the sheriff.

  • Tarheelfan13 Oct 28, 2010

    leo-nc stated: "If he was a police officer, he would be fired by now, with no retirement. This Marine is still in, and working an admin position. Tell me which punishment is tougher. Yeah, I thought so."

    Have you considered that the military is different than civilian law enforcement since the military member is basically government property. A civilian LEO can be fired a whole lot quicker and overnight rather than a military dismissal or discharge which would take weeks or months.