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Marine who flashed badge on Obama trip is reassigned for misconduct

The Marine Corps has reassigned a member of its embassy security guard program to punish him for his misconduct on a presidential trip to the Netherlands last month, a spokesman said Friday.


President Obama holds a news conference at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague on March 25, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images photo/Patrik Stollarz)

Korey Nathan Pritchett was accused of drinking heavily at a bar and flashing his government security badge during an after-party with local Dutch residents in Noordwijk. The escapade came two days before Obama was due to arrive at a nuclear security summit with other world leaders, an event Secretary of State John F. Kerry also attended.

Pritchett, who was working as a security guard at the U.S. Embassy in Monte­negro, had been on a temporary assignment at the summit. His alleged misconduct was first reported by The Washington Post last month.

"This behavior is not in keeping with the high standards of the Marines Corps Embassy Security Guard program," said Capt. Eric Flanagan, a spokesman for the Corps. Flanagan said Pritchett would remain in the Corps, but be reassigned to his "regular occupational specialty."

Flanagan also said the Corps has added additional training programs for its guards on support missions for U.S. dignitaries.

Pritchett's alleged misbehavior came after the disclosures that three Secret Service agents had been sent home after one passed out drunk in the hallway of the hotel where Obama would be staying during the summit visit. The Secret Service sent all three home and placed them on administrative leave, and the agency has continued to make personnel changes in an effort to improve internal conduct, according to people familiar with the changes.

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.

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