A Marine lieutenant colonel has been removed from his job after leaders lost confidence in his ability to command. He’s at least the fourth Marine Corps officer to be relieved of command in about two weeks. Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala, the California-based 1st Reconnaissance Battalion’s former commanding officer, was relieved Tuesday, according to a Marine Corps news release. The relief was carried out by Maj. Gen. Robert Castellvi, commanding general of 1st Marine Division. “[Castellvi] lost trust and confidence in the commanding officer’s ability to lead,” the release states. Maj. Jeffrey Erb has been appointed to take over as the recon battalion’s leader. Questions about where Zavala has been reassigned and whether he’s the subject of an ongoing investigation were not immediately answered. The relief is at least the fourth since April 22, when Lt. Col. James Compton with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 was fired. That squadron was involved in a deadly refueling training mission in December. Two more commanding officers were recently fired over drunk driving charges. Col. John Atkinson, the former commanding officer of th...