Marine Col. Joe W. Dowdy Removed

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In summary, Col. Joe W. Dowdy, the commander of the 1st Marine Regiment, has been removed from his position by his superiors while fighting in Iraq. The reasons for his removal are unclear, but it is believed to be due to failure to follow orders, unacceptable risks or casualties, or physical/mental incapacitation. The situation is being kept quiet, but it is a serious matter given Dowdy's high-ranking position.
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Col. Joe W. Dowdy, the officer in charge of the 1st Marine Regiment, one of the three major Marine Corps ground units fighting toward Baghdad has been removed by his superiors.

This seems odd to say the least. I wonder what the reasons are for relieving a commander in time of war.
 
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That is very interesting indeed. Perhaps he was in charge when there was a friendly fire accident...?
 
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From what I'm told, usually it is one of three things:
1) Failure to take an objective as ordered (eg, not fast enough)
2) Unacceptable casualties or risks
3) Physical/mental incapacitation (eg if he were ill or wounded)

Everyone is being very close-mouthed about this, I haven't been able to find any info. But it is really severe, and that is a high-ranking post. There are only ~30 officers at that high a level in the entire Marine Corps.
 
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He wouldn't send his troops in as bait

Dowdy wouldn't send his troops into the field just to draw the enemy out and so he was relieved for not following direct orders by his superior.
 

What happened to Marine Col. Joe W. Dowdy?

Marine Col. Joe W. Dowdy was removed from his position as commander of the 2nd Marine Regiment in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in July 2014.

Why was Marine Col. Joe W. Dowdy removed?

Marine Col. Joe W. Dowdy was removed due to allegations of misconduct and poor leadership.

What specific allegations were made against Marine Col. Joe W. Dowdy?

The specific allegations against Marine Col. Joe W. Dowdy included creating a hostile work environment, failing to properly investigate allegations of misconduct within his unit, and using inappropriate language towards subordinates.

What was the outcome of the investigation into Marine Col. Joe W. Dowdy?

After a thorough investigation, Marine Col. Joe W. Dowdy was found guilty of the allegations and relieved of his command. He also received a letter of reprimand and was forced to retire from the Marine Corps.

What impact did the removal of Marine Col. Joe W. Dowdy have on the Marine Corps?

The removal of Marine Col. Joe W. Dowdy had a significant impact on the Marine Corps, as it highlighted the importance of ethical and responsible leadership within the military. It also served as a reminder that no one is above the rules and regulations set forth by the military.

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