PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - The sergeant major at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island has resigned after an altercation with a protester outside the base gate.
The Beaufort Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1nwYAbK ) the incident happened June 5 when 44-year-old Sgt. Maj. Paul Archie knocked the hat off the head of a protester. The base released a statement saying that Archie was charged with assault and resigned Monday.
The statement said Archie stepped down and the commanding general accepted his retirement. He was the senior enlisted adviser to the general.
During the incident, a group led by a former Marine Corps drill instructor was protesting negotiations that led to the exchange of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was being held in Afghanistan, for five Taliban prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay.
Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, http://www.beaufortgazette.com