The Colonel In Charge Of Marines In Australia Pleads Guilty To Drunk Driving


The Marine commander in charge of more than 1,500 Marines in Darwin, Australia who was relieved of his command after police caught him driving under the influence in late September recently plead guilty to the charges in a local court.

The officer in charge of Marine Rotational Force in Darwin, Col. James Schnelle, was reportedly on his way home from Shenanigans Restaurant and Bar in Darwin’s nightclub district — you know, that one with all the goofy stuff on the walls — on Sept. 30, when he was pulled over for a random breathalyzer test, which he promptly failed.

Within four hours of being stopped by police, Schnelle reported to both the commander of Marine Forces Pacific and the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Forces who called him back to relieve him of his post “due to a loss of trust and confidence,” the AP reported.

On Monday, Schnelle pleaded guilty at the Darwin Local Court for driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.102% — double the legal limit in Australia, according to AP.

Schnelle’s license was suspended for six months, and he was fined $353, though the court did not record a conviction due to “Schnelle's good character and lack of previous offenses,” according to Fox News (In Australia, magistrates have the latitude to not record a conviction, as a way to spare first-time offenders).

After being removed from his post, Schnelle said in a statement that “one extremely poor personal decision" should not undermine the work the Marines in Darwin have done. "A solid foundation is established; at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels, the future is ripe for continued growth."

After Schnelle was removed, Lt. Col. Jeramy Brady was tapped to take over the Marine Rotational Force in Darwin.

Marines have been stationed in Darwin since 2012 and are required to follow a curfew and are restricted from taking leave unless they travel in a small group, so as to reduce the likelihood of "social disruption" in the city of roughly 140,000, notes Fox News.

Photo: U.S. Army Courtesy photo

Fort Hood's Air Assault School was renamed after Command Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley on Thursday.

Read More Show Less
An E-2D Hawkeye assigned to the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 lands on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Will Hardy)

Editor's Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

While attempting to land on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea earlier this month, an E-2D Hawkeye propeller aircraft struck two F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft and sent debris flying into two other F/A-18s on the flight deck, according to the Naval Safety Center.

Read More Show Less

Nobody can be told what The Matrix is; you have to see it for yourself.

More than two decades after The Matrix showed the world what the future of the sci-fi action flick could look like, Warner Bros. Pictures plans on producing a fourth installment of the groundbreaking epic saga, Variety first reported on Tuesday.

Read More Show Less
Sailors from Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 1 conduct category III qualifications on the M2A1 heavy machine gun at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. CRS-1 is qualifying for future mobilization requirements. (U.S. Navy/Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Kenji Shiroma)

The Navy is considering giving Ma Deuce a quiet new update.

Read More Show Less
A competitor performs push-ups during the physical fitness event at the Minnesota Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition on April 4, 2019, at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Sgt. Sebastian Nemec)

Despite what you may have heard, the Army has not declared war on mustaches.

The Army W.T.F! Moments Facebook page on Monday posted a memo written by a 3rd Infantry Division company commander telling his soldiers that only the fittest among them will be allowed to sprout facial hair under their warrior nostrils.

"During my tenure at Battle Company, I have noticed a direct correlation between mustaches and a lack of physical fitness," the memo says. "In an effort to increase the physical fitness of Battle Company, mustaches will not be authorized for any soldier earning less than a 300 on the APFT [Army Physical Fitness Test]."

Read More Show Less