The CV-22 Osprey crash at Eglin Air Force Base has resulted in a shake-up of the Special Operations Command.
The Air Force has relieved 8th Special Operations Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Matt Glover citing a loss of confidence in his ability to effectively command the unit. Glover has been in charge of the Osprey unit at Hurlburt Field since May 2011.
1st Special Operations Wing Commander Col. James Slife, issued the statement Thursday, saying the 8th Special Operations Squadron's demanding mission requires new leadership to maintain the highest levels of precision and to reliably to support the mission of ground forces. But he did not give specifics for Glover's dismissal.
Insiders believe the Air Force is sending a message with this move, that last Wednesday's crash was not the result of a mechanical failure. The CV-22 was one-of-two Ospreys taking part in a gunnery training mission. They'd just taken off around 6:45 in the evening when the trailing aircraft crashed on the Eglin reservation, north of Navarre.
All 5-crew members were injured. 2-of the men are still hospitalized. 3-others have been released, the latest just yesterday.
The 78-million dollar Osprey was destroyed. The actual cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Former 20th Special Ops Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Matthew Smith will take over for Glover, who's career may not survive this development.