Sgt. First Class Charles Martland, a decorated Green Beret, was dismissed from the Army after he beat up a senior Afghan official who sexually assaulted boys.
But after months of legal battles, Sgt. Martland received amazing news! After national attention and pressure from millions of American patriots, the Army has reversed their decision to discharge Martland.
This is incredible!
A brief Army statement said Sgt. First Class Charles Martland was no longer subject to a personnel drawdown, the Qualitative Management Program, because the Army Board for Corrections of Military Records “modified” the poor performance evaluation on which he was to have been kicked out.
Sgt. Martland had gained support across nation from veterans who said the soldier was unfairly paying a price for standing up to an accused child molester.
His case helped trigger an ongoing Pentagon inspector general investigation into whether commanders in Afghanistan were told to look the other way when senior Afghan officers sexually assaulted boys.
“Kicking me out of the Army is morally wrong, and the entire country knows it,” Sgt. Martland said in a signed statement last year. “While I understand that a military lawyer can say that I was legally wrong, we felt a moral obligation to act.”
Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican and a former Marine veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, had gone to bat for the Special Forces soldier.
“This is the absolute right decision and I commend the Army for showing true leadership,” Mr. Hunter said Thursday. “Charles did what anyone in a similar situation should do, he stood up for a defenseless child. That should never put his career in jeopardy.”
Mr. Hunter also said the fact Sgt. Martland “has a future in the Army signals that the new Army leadership is right for the job.”
This is a reference to the fact that the Army is now led by acting Secretary Patrick J. Murphy. Mr. Hunter had clashed with former Secretary John McHugh, once a Republican congressman.
Via Washington Times
The incident happened in September 2011. Sgt. Martland and his team leader confronted the police chief in Afghanistan, after a mother explained how her 12-year-old son was raped by the chief. They took action, because abuse of children is always inexcusable.
Martland’s subsequent dismissal by President Obama’s military leaders was a bad decision, and now it’s been corrected.
Thank you Sgt. Martland for your service to America! You deserve our praise and respect!
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