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Lt. Col. Dismissed for 'Leadership Failures'

Battalion commander's dismissal letter notes accident that killed a soldier but does not blame him directly.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/2/2012, 7:35 PM

Cpl. Jean z"l
Cpl. Jean z"l
Courtesy of the family

The IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, has accepted the recommendation of Northern Command Head Maj. Gen. Yair Golan and dismissed the commander of the Ra'am artillery battalion, a lieutenant colonel.

The commander was dismissed after a sequence of "leadership and command failures" that included a deadly accident in June in which a Defender jeep overturned in the Golan Heights, killing a soldier, Cpl. Dor Jean.

The Chief of Staff's decision notes that he "did not find a direct link between the accident in which Cpl. Dor Jean z"l was killed and the battalion commander's failures, but this sad event did expose certain leadership and command shortcomings."

Following the accident, the Chief of Staff instructed commanders to "investigate every accident, the light as well as the serious, deal with them with strict discipline and develop learning mechanisms for the long term."

The battalion commander's future service in the IDF has yet to be decided upon.