Marine battalion commander mysteriously fired before upcoming Norway deployment

Lieutenant Colonel John M. Giannella (Photo: DoD)

The commander of the 8th Marine Regiment’s 3rd Battalion has been relieved of duty, despite the fact that his unit is scheduled to deploy to Norway soon.

Lieutenant Colonel John Giannella of North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune was fired over “loss of trust and confidence in his ability to continue to effectively lead 3/8.”

According to the Marine Corps Times, Lieutenant Colonel Neil R. Berry will take over the battalion.

3rd Battalion has been training for a deployment to Norway, and have recently completed training in Alaska and the mountainous areas of California. The deployment will be the Marine Corps’ fourth half-year deployment to the area.

Norway has become a major area of operation for the US, who will be participating in the NATO Trident Juncture exercise, which will involve nearly 40,000 troops.

The Marine Corps did not elaborate on why exactly the infantry commander was fired.

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