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US COMMANDER RELIEVED OF DUTY
sky news ^ | 04/04/2003 | sky news

Posted on 04/04/2003 6:36:25 AM PST by MIKEinGA

A US commander who was leading a push by marines through southern Iraq towards Baghdad has been relieved of his post.

No reason has been given for the decision to relieve Colonel Joe Dowdy, commander of the Marines First Regimental Combat Team, Public Affairs Officer Steven Schweitzer said.

"He was responsible for the regiment until three hours ago," Schweitzer said.

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Last Updated: 15:46 UK, Friday April 04, 2003


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dowdy; iraqifreedom; joedowdy; marines
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1 posted on 04/04/2003 6:36:25 AM PST by MIKEinGA
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To: MIKEinGA
They found a Dixie Chicks CD in his pack?
2 posted on 04/04/2003 6:37:36 AM PST by TexasNative2000 (The joy of the Lord is my strength)
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To: MIKEinGA
Retirement soon, career ended, no star for this guy. Wonder what he did OR didn't do.
3 posted on 04/04/2003 6:38:25 AM PST by PISANO
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To: Bisesi
Wonder what he did OR didn't do

Punched out an embedded reporter?

5 posted on 04/04/2003 6:39:27 AM PST by Magnolia
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To: Magnolia
Punched out an embedded reporter?

Geraldo was with this unit?

6 posted on 04/04/2003 6:40:26 AM PST by Thinkin' Gal
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To: MIKEinGA
Earlier this AM an embedded reporter with this unit reported an Iraqi ammunition dump exploded killing several Marines ... could that possibly be the reason the unit commander was relieved?
7 posted on 04/04/2003 6:40:28 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: Magnolia
Let Whoraldo back in?
8 posted on 04/04/2003 6:40:32 AM PST by eyespysomething (Ummm, well, ummmm)
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To: MIKEinGA
Checkpoint debacle?
9 posted on 04/04/2003 6:40:57 AM PST by randita
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To: Magnolia
handed out MRE Alabama Pork Rinds (tm) to citizens in An Najaf?
10 posted on 04/04/2003 6:41:05 AM PST by epluribus_2
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To: MIKEinGA
i wonder if this is the guy who did an interveiw from in the field on fox last night? i remember saying to myself he's giving away alot of info..........
11 posted on 04/04/2003 6:41:15 AM PST by gdc61 (CAUTION; REAL CHERRIES - may contain pits)
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To: BluH2o
We don't know. I suspect it involved major dereliction of duty. We'll find out soon enough the reason for his being relieved of command.
12 posted on 04/04/2003 6:41:56 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: MIKEinGA
Here's his Bio:

Colonel Dowdy, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, was commissioned in 1979 as a second lieutenant following graduation from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. He also holds a M.A. degree from Webster University in Management and Human Resources Development and a M.S.S. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger Schools, Command and Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College and U.S. Army War College.

Colonel Dowdy’s command assignments include: rifle and Dragon platoon commander, Second Battalion, Eighth Marines (1980-83); Company Commander, Company E, Second Battalion, Sixth Marines (Second Battalion, Sixth Marines was redesignated as Second Battalion, Eighth Marines) (1988-1990); Commanding Officer, Headquarters and Service Company, Second Battalion, Eighth Marines (1990); Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Security Force Company, Keflavik, Iceland (1990-1992); Commanding Officer, First Battalion, First Marines (1998-2000).

Colonel Dowdy’s staff assignments include: Marine Corps Recruiting Station LittleRock, Operations Officer and Executive Officer (1983-1986); Assistant Operations Officer (S-3A), Second Battalion, Sixth Marines (1987-1988); Operations Officer (S-3), Second Battalion, Eighth Marines (1990); Crisis-Action Plans Officer, Operations Directorate (J-3), United States Central Command (1993-1996); G-3 Operations Officer, 1st Marine Division (1996-1998); Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, 1st Marine Division (2000); Assistant Chief of Staff, G-5, First Marine Expeditionary Force (2001-2002). .

Colonel Dowdy’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.

13 posted on 04/04/2003 6:42:27 AM PST by AgentEcho (If you're in a fair fight you've done something wrong.)
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To: BluH2o
Maybe he is the one who killed two marines....ordering them across the river with their back packs and full gear, and they drowned. i imagine it would take them a week to investigate and remove him. if so this is very good.
14 posted on 04/04/2003 6:42:31 AM PST by libbylu ( Jessica Lynch is a hero. I will tell my grandkids abou her.)
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My guesses:
1. Disobeyed a lawful order.
2. Incompetence.
3. Drunk.
4. Did something politically incorrect.
15 posted on 04/04/2003 6:42:36 AM PST by vollmond
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To: Thinkin' Gal
Geraldo was with this unit?

He was embedded with the 101st Airborne.

16 posted on 04/04/2003 6:42:42 AM PST by demlosers
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To: BluH2o
That could definitely be related ... was it booby-trapped? (is that how you spell booby?)

Or was it just poor demo work?
17 posted on 04/04/2003 6:42:47 AM PST by AgThorn (Continue to pray for our Troops!!)
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To: eyespysomething
Let Whoraldo back in?

LOL....speaking of....he's now reporting from Kuwait City on Fox News. Bet his ego can't take this for very long.

18 posted on 04/04/2003 6:43:10 AM PST by Magnolia
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To: AgentEcho
I can't help but notice he's from Arkansas. What goes down there?
19 posted on 04/04/2003 6:44:28 AM PST by twigs
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To: gdc61
I saw that also. WAY too much jaw-flapping going on.
20 posted on 04/04/2003 6:44:47 AM PST by fightinJAG
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To: libbylu
I hope he is the commander who ordered marines to cross a rive with full gear, and two drowned.
21 posted on 04/04/2003 6:44:57 AM PST by libbylu ( Jessica Lynch is a hero. I will tell my grandkids abou her.)
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To: MIKEinGA
Wow. This really is big. Relieving a regimental commander during an assault is huge.
22 posted on 04/04/2003 6:45:10 AM PST by XJarhead
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To: BluH2o
If he was a full bird, it's something the field generals are afraid to gloss over. Insubordination?? Didn't move his troops to right place, sexual conduct.??
23 posted on 04/04/2003 6:45:20 AM PST by dwilli
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To: MIKEinGA
Colonel Dowdy, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, was commissioned in 1979 as a second lieutenant following graduation from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. He also holds a M.A. degree from Webster University in Management and Human Resources Development and a M.S.S. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger Schools, Command and Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College and U.S. Army War College.

Colonel Dowdy’s command assignments include: rifle and Dragon platoon commander, Second Battalion, Eighth Marines (1980-83); Company Commander, Company E, Second Battalion, Sixth Marines (Second Battalion, Sixth Marines was redesignated as Second Battalion, Eighth Marines) (1988-1990); Commanding Officer, Headquarters and Service Company, Second Battalion, Eighth Marines (1990); Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Security Force Company, Keflavik, Iceland (1990-1992); Commanding Officer, First Battalion, First Marines (1998-2000).

Colonel Dowdy’s staff assignments include: Marine Corps Recruiting Station LittleRock, Operations Officer and Executive Officer (1983-1986); Assistant Operations Officer (S-3A), Second Battalion, Sixth Marines (1987-1988); Operations Officer (S-3), Second Battalion, Eighth Marines (1990); Crisis-Action Plans Officer, Operations Directorate (J-3), United States Central Command (1993-1996); G-3 Operations Officer, 1st Marine Division (1996-1998); Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, 1st Marine Division (2000); Assistant Chief of Staff, G-5, First Marine Expeditionary Force (2001-2002). .

Colonel Dowdy’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.


24 posted on 04/04/2003 6:45:38 AM PST by mdittmar
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To: TexasNative2000
Maybe he decided to grease the tank tracks with some Iraqi soldiers.
25 posted on 04/04/2003 6:45:46 AM PST by jetson
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To: MIKEinGA
What was the name of the Lt. Col. who was feeding the MSNBC reporter (Bob Arnut (no-not Arnett) the other night?

Anyone catch it? It was incredible reporting by Bob Arnut, but the Lt.Col. got on Arnut's mike and was actually reporting to it military style - "We have taken the target and awaiting further orders, sir" type of a thing.

Anyone catch that?

26 posted on 04/04/2003 6:46:00 AM PST by Happy2BMe (HOLLYWOOD:Ask not what U can do for your country, ask what U can do for Iraq!)
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To: fullmoon
Well, it's not necessarily "huge." Commanders do get relieved and it happens even, or maybe especially, in wartime.

The standards are high, the fuse is short. If his superior officers just weren't comfortable with him for some reason---OUTTA there.
27 posted on 04/04/2003 6:46:12 AM PST by fightinJAG
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To: libbylu
That was supposed to be a reserve major with an engineering battalion, if I remember.
28 posted on 04/04/2003 6:46:53 AM PST by Herodotus
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To: vollmond
He's from Little Rock.
29 posted on 04/04/2003 6:47:21 AM PST by fightinJAG
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To: twigs
"I can't help but notice he's from Arkansas. What goes down there?"

I dare you to go onto any military reservation in Arkansas and say that.

30 posted on 04/04/2003 6:48:40 AM PST by Happy2BMe (HOLLYWOOD:Ask not what U can do for your country, ask what U can do for Iraq!)
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To: libbylu
And if press reports were correct, there wasn't much to investigate. They conducted the river crossing WITHOUT stringing a safety line first. Unless it was the most pressing combat situation, and there was no other option except crossing without a line, that was unforgivable stupidity and showed a lack of military discipline.

The cardinal sin of a commander is to fail to take care of his troops.
31 posted on 04/04/2003 6:48:59 AM PST by fightinJAG
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To: MIKEinGA
I would make a joke comparing him to the Lt. Col. that thought it would be funny to streak the base, but considering this guy may have been the one to order the Marines across the river in full gear..
32 posted on 04/04/2003 6:49:50 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: Bisesi; MeeknMing
I bet he's the whiner who told a reporter that Rummy was running a cheap war. I believe that's insubordination at the very least.
33 posted on 04/04/2003 6:51:32 AM PST by floriduh voter ("Pound that Rock" John Gruden, Super Bowl Night 2003)
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To: Happy2BMe
I think it's the same guy.
34 posted on 04/04/2003 6:52:55 AM PST by wireman
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To: fightinJAG
This crap happened every other day in Nam.

Interesting to see this pirahana-fest on one of our own.

You guys need to start posting on D. underground.

35 posted on 04/04/2003 6:53:16 AM PST by Happy2BMe (HOLLYWOOD:Ask not what U can do for your country, ask what U can do for Iraq!)
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To: fightinJAG
he was a colonel. this is one of the problems of having reporters right there. with no control over there line of questions, there is a real possablity of sensitive info getting into the wrong hands.
36 posted on 04/04/2003 6:53:33 AM PST by gdc61 (CAUTION; REAL CHERRIES - may contain pits)
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To: AgentEcho
Colonel Dowdy, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock?? .. did he disobey orders given?

37 posted on 04/04/2003 6:54:28 AM PST by Mo1 (Can I ask the media stupid questions?)
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To: wireman
"I think it's the same guy."

IF SO - - then that explains it.

He lost it and broke COMSEC.

You bastard$ need to look before you leap.

38 posted on 04/04/2003 6:54:58 AM PST by Happy2BMe (HOLLYWOOD:Ask not what U can do for your country, ask what U can do for Iraq!)
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To: XJarhead
Yeah, he did something that's a court martial offense. That doesn't happen in the middle of battle.

V


39 posted on 04/04/2003 6:55:42 AM PST by Beck_isright (If Susan Sarandon pooped in the woods, would ELF boycott her?)
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To: Magnolia
Geraldo, even though he's in Kuwait City, was at it again. "I spoke to several military leaders, blah, blah." blah... I think he's still a chatterbox because of his ego.
If he's still giving too much information, they should send him somewhere that he can't do any harm.
40 posted on 04/04/2003 6:56:18 AM PST by floriduh voter ("Pound that Rock" John Gruden, Super Bowl Night 2003)
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To: Happy2BMe
I suppose you think the USMC is engaging in a pirahna-fest for relieving "one of their own" from command.

You go to DU.

We're fair and BALANCED here. If it's wrong, it's wrong. Failing to follow river-crossing SOPs if---IF--there is no operational necessity for deviation recklessly endangers "one of our own," namely our troops.
41 posted on 04/04/2003 6:56:59 AM PST by fightinJAG
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To: Happy2BMe
What was the name of the Lt. Col. who was feeding the MSNBC reporter (Bob Arnut (no-not Arnett) the other night?

Could that be the same guy?

42 posted on 04/04/2003 6:57:57 AM PST by Mo1 (Can I ask the media stupid questions?)
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To: fightinJAG
You are raping the man before you even know the infraction, severity, who was harmed, who was killed, what the crime was.

And you were in JAG!?

43 posted on 04/04/2003 6:58:47 AM PST by Happy2BMe (HOLLYWOOD:Ask not what U can do for your country, ask what U can do for Iraq!)
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To: MIKEinGA
What the troops wlll hear ...

"Colonel Dowty just had a heart attack, our new commander is ..."

That's the way it's done, folks.

44 posted on 04/04/2003 6:59:24 AM PST by thinktwice
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To: floriduh voter
bttt . . .
45 posted on 04/04/2003 7:01:27 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: gdc61
Not watching too much TV but have come to the conclusion that ALL live from the field reports should be on tape delay.

Caught a minute of Koppel the other day and I am certain his report was on delay because he gave his exact location in miles from Baghdad and the numeral was scrambled.

46 posted on 04/04/2003 7:01:29 AM PST by OldFriend (without the brave, there would be no land of the free)
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To: floriduh voter
they should send him somewhere that he can't do any harm.

...waaaaaay down under...and I don't mean Australia!

47 posted on 04/04/2003 7:01:55 AM PST by Magnolia
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To: Mo1
The alleged pregnant woman blown up at the checkpoint: First, I doubt that she was preggers and second, why did we lose people at the checkpoint over that? I would not want to be working a checkpoint.

Now saddam's info ministry says they are going to turn the airport into a graveyard. I hope it's just bs but you never know with this enemy.

48 posted on 04/04/2003 7:03:05 AM PST by floriduh voter ("Pound that Rock" John Gruden, Super Bowl Night 2003)
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To: Happy2BMe
Most certainly...I was on LR AFB for only a day and saw more "I didn't vote for the dope from Hope" bumper stickers than I could count, and this was 1993.
49 posted on 04/04/2003 7:03:12 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Go Fast, Turn Left!)
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To: vollmond
If only we could get rid of Clymer senators as quickly!!!!t
50 posted on 04/04/2003 7:04:42 AM PST by RooRoobird14
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