While the firing of CAPT Owen Honor of the USS Enterprise is in the news, the Army has relieved the commander of the 172nd Infantry Brigade. Sources are pretty quiet about why COL Zachar was relieved. It doesn’t appear to have been any particular egregious breach of discipline.
The Army has relieved the commander of the 172nd Infantry Brigade, shortly before the unit intensifies its training for an Afghanistan deployment this summer.
Acting V Corps commander Brig. Gen. Allen W. Batschelet said Tuesday that Col. Frank Zachar was relieved of command on Monday, “… due to loss of confidence in his ability to command.”
Batschelet said there was no specific incident that led the Army to relieve Zachar.
“There weren’t any illegal, immoral or unethical activities,” he said. “His (Zachar’s) leadership style wasn’t really effective and over time the command here lost confidence in his ability to command.”
The Army, for good or ill, doesn’t relieve very many brigade commanders. The only one that really sticks out in my mind was in the 1st Armored Division shortly before we deployed to Desert Storm. One of the brigade commanders looked deep inside, and decided he didn’t have what it took to lead his troops to war. He went to the division commander and was relieved and replaced by COL Dan Zanini.
The concurrent relief of the 172nd’s Command Sergeant Major points to a problem with the command climate in the unit. We’ll see.