Marine Commander at Parris Island Removed

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Marine Commander at Parris Island Removed

Military.com reported that Marine Corps officials announced on Thursday that “Lt. Col. Joshua Kissoon, the commander of 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, was relieved by Col. Paul D. Cucinotta, commanding officer of Recruit Training Regiment at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island…”

Unknown investigation

Lt.Col. Kissoon had been under as investigation by a Marine Corps Inspector General, which was wrapped up in February. USMC officials did not state the nature of that investigation. Cucinotta relieved him of command after reviewing the results, which lead “to a loss of trust and confidence in Kissoon’s ability to command.”

[That’s a standard military response.] The decision to remove him was made on March 17.

Lt. Col. Kissoon

Kissoon took command of the training battalion in June of 2014. He was born in Guyana, South America, and raised in New York, according to the Marine Corps. He enlisted in the Corps in 1990, and is married with two children. His next assignment will be set by the Marine Corps.

Lt. Col. Joshua Kissoon – USMC photo

The Marine Corps stated that the decision to remove him had nothing to do with the recent death of recruit Raheel Siddiqui, who, according to a casualty report sent to the parents, “…passed out during a drill and when awakened by a drill instructor he got up and ran out the back hatch of the squad bay and jumped over the ladderwell wall … falling 3 stories before landing on the ground.” (Islandpacket.com) That incident is still under investigation by NCIS.

 This is the 2nd boot camp training officer relieved of duty at Parris Island over the last year. The first one was 4th Recruit Training Battalion, Lt. Col. Kate Germano, who was found to have “overly harsh” training methods for female recruits.
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