Commander of Camp Lejeune unit relieved of duty

CAMP LEJEUNE, ONSLOW COUNTY - The commander of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit was removed from his position, Marine Corps officials said.

The Marine Corps Times reported Col. James Christmas was relieved of command Wednesday by Maj. Gen. Raymond Fox, the commander of II Marine Expeditionary Force, after the general lost confidence in Christmas' ability to continue commanding the Marines and sailors of the 22nd MEU.

No additional explanation was given for the decision.

Christmas became the commander of the 22nd MEU on June 28, 2012, replacing Col. Eric Steidl. Christmas also served as the commander of the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response.

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