Commander of California-based Field Medical Training Battalion fired amid ongoing investigation

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U.S. Navy Capt. Michael O. Enriquez, commanding officer, Field Medical Battalion-West (FMTB-W), speaks to friends and family during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, June 29, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lukas Kalinauskas)

U.S. Navy Capt. Michael O. Enriquez, commanding officer, Field Medical Battalion-West (FMTB-W), speaks to friends and family during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, June 29, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lukas Kalinauskas)

Navy Capt. Michael O. Enriquez has been fired as commander of Field Medical Training Battalion West at Camp Pendleton, California, amid an ongoing investigation, Navy officials said Monday.

Marine Brig. Gen. Jason Morris, head of U.S. Marine Corps Training Command, relieved Enriquez on Monday because Morris “lost confidence in his ability to perform his duties,” said Angela Steadman, a spokeswoman for the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

Steadman did not have any information about the ongoing investigation into Enriquez.

Enriquez enlisted in the Navy in 1989 and became a corpsman, later deploying in support of Operation Desert Storm with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, according to his official biography. He received his commission in 1999 and went on to deploy in 2004 as the deputy surgeon for the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.

He assumed command of Command of Field Medical Training Battalion-West in June 2018. His military awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars

Enriquez has been temporarily re-assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, a Navy news release says. Navy Cmdr. Boyce Gire, Field Medical Training Battalion-West’s former executive officer, has assumed command until a permanent replacement is found.