The Marine has been charged with arson after allegedly setting two fires at someone's home while it was empty.
"I wish I could tell you we have an answer to prevent future further suicides in the armed services. We don't," Esper said.
During two separate Marine Corps change-of-command ceremonies Friday in North Carolina, Col. Ebitz will take the reins.
Last year's hurricanes were particularly destructive for some of the military's most critical bases.
The commanding officer of a North Carolina-based aviation training unit has been relieved of his command, the Navy said.
Thousands of homes remain damaged five months after Hurricane Florence hit Eastern North Carolina Marine Corps installations.
Men and women on Navy ships faced the highest rates of sexual assaults in the military, according to newly released data.
Javier Antonio Garzon, 21, is accused of stabbing David Jacob Rutherford, 24, to death.
Amphibious landings aren't uncommon at Marine Corps installations, but one prompted officials to issue a safety warning.
A UH-1N Huey with 1st Helicopter Squadron was on a training mission when its crew was forced to make an emergency landing.
The former officer received kickbacks in a $5 billion health scheme involving compounded medicine prescriptions.
One of the children suffered injuries including a fractured skull, a broken arm and a fractured spine.
The Air Force's newest combat search-and-rescue helicopter, the HH-60W Jolly Green II, hit another milestone.
He was booted from service five months before retirement for a child molestation conviction 10 years before.