BROCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — The two top Army ROTC leaders at a New York college have been removed from their positions after a physical training session sent 12 students to hospitals.
Officials at The College at Brockport said Lt. Col. Christopher Bringer and Master Sgt. Mark Breyak are no longer running the ROTC program at the State University of New York school. The college requested the removals after 12 ROTC students sought treatment following strenuous training in early November, the officials said.
Neither details of the training nor nature of the injuries had not been released Thursday. College officials said some students were hospitalized for several days.
Bringer, via email, said the workout was part of Veterans Day programming and "consisted of numerous physical events to honor veterans and to get my cadets to understand what the word veteran mean(s)."
He said the workout is known as the "Murph" and honors Lt. Michael Murphy, a New York native and Navy Seal who was killed in Afghanistan. His story was portrayed in the movie "Lone Survivor."
Bringer said he could not comment further because of an ongoing investigation by the Army and college.
The Associated Press could not locate a phone listing for Breyak. He did not immediately respond to an email sent to his college address.