March 31–A Parris Island lieutenant colonel has been relieved of command following an investigation by the Inspector General of the .
Lt. Col. Joshua Kissoon, commanding officer of the Third Recruit Training Battalion, was relieved Thursday by Col. Paul D. Cucinotta, the depot’s commanding officer, according to a release.
Cucinotta cited a loss of trust and confidence in Kissoon’s abilities to serve in command after reviewing the results of the investigation, the release said.
spokesperson Capt. Greg Carroll declined to comment Thursday morning on what specifically “a loss of trust and confidence” means, and what prompted the investigation of Kissoon. He also declined to comment about when the investigation began.
Carroll said the Command Inspector General of Parris Island received official notification of the investigation’s results of Kissoon on Feb. 23.
On Feb. 29, Cucinotta was provided with the results of the investigation.
Cucinotta made the decision to relieve Kissoon March 17, Carroll said.
When asked why it took two additional weeks to actually relieve Kissoon of his command, Carroll said it was a “commander’s discretion as to when relief occurs.”
“In determing the date of relief, several factors were taken into account,” Carroll said, declining to comment further on those factors specific to Kissoon’s case.
“The decision to relieve any command is never taken lightly,” Carroll said.
Kissoon had assumed command of the battalion on June 25, 2014.
Marine recruit Raheel Siddiqui, who died March 18 on Parris Island, belonged to the Third Recruit Training Battalion, according to Carroll.
Carroll said Thursday that Siddiqui’s death had nothing to do with the decision to relieve Kissoon.
“The decision to remove Lt. Col. Kissoon was made March 17, prior to the death of recruit Siddiqui,” Carroll said.
“The remains highly committed to ensuring that all who seek the title ‘Marine’ are provided with leaders and instructors who represent our core values of honor, courage and commitment,” the release said. “As an institution, we hold all Marines, especially commanders, to a high set of standards.”
This story will be updated.
Wade Livingston: 843-706-8153, @WadeGLivingston
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