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Apache battalion leaders suspended, under investigation

Jul. 10, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Lt. Col. Tammy Baugh and Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick Merriwether have been suspended from their leadership roles at 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, pending the outcome of an investigation.
Lt. Col. Tammy Baugh and Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick Merriwether have been suspended from their leadership roles at 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, pending the outcome of an investigation. (Army)
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The command team for 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, has been suspended pending an ongoing investigation.

Fort Carson officials confirmed that the battalion commander and command sergeant major were suspended in early July.

“An investigating officer has been appointed to review the health of the command climate,” Fort Carson officials said in a statement.

They did not name the two leaders, but the battalion website lists the Gunfighters’ commander as Lt. Col. Tammy Baugh and the senior enlisted soldier as Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick Merriwether.

In an email to Army Times, a soldier who identified himself only as a “battalion officer” indicated the Apache command had been suffering from low morale.

Baugh, who was commissioned in 1996 and trained as an AH-64 Apache pilot, has served in Korea, Qatar, Iraq and Afghanistan.

She also has served at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Hood, Texas.

Her decorations include the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters and the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, according to her bio, still posted on the battalion website.

Merriwether enlisted in the Army in 1987. He has served in Germany and Korea. He also has served at Fort Eustis, Virginia, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, Fort Rucker, Alabama, and Fort Hood and Fort Bliss in Texas.

Merriwether’s decorations and awards include the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal.

Attempts to reach Baugh and Merriewether for comment were not immediately successful.

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