Family Speaks About Marine's Death
Gainesville, FL -- Major changes are being made to a Marine Corps training program, after a young Marine from a prominent North Central Florida family was killed.
18-year-old Josh Islam drowned while taking a water screening test to get into a reconnaissance program at Camp Pendleton in January.
His death launched an ongoing investigation into the training program. Marine spokesperson Colonel Sean Gibson said in a statement changes have been made to the program.
The training program will be replaced by another program in the near future and students will have a one-week period to adjust to their new climate before training - Islam arrived at the camp three days prior to training. Training Commander, Major Adam Burch, was relieved of his duties on May 15th due to a loss of confidence in his ability to lead.
Islam's father says he doesn't blame anyone and he says the family just wants to celebrate his son's life.
"I'm proud to be an American, I'm proud to have raised a son that was willing to pay the ultimate price, i think he would've been a fabulous Recon Marine"
Additional safety precautions and training are set to be taught to trainers and commanders to prevent another incident.
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