The Marine Corps officer who was relieved of his command and relieved of duty for publicly calling on Pentagon leaders to be accountable for the disastrous and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan and was tossed in the brig has now officially been charged.
“Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the outspoken Marine who went viral for criticizing military leadership during the U.S. exit from Afghanistan, is being charged with six crimes after his release from the brig,” Fox News reported Wednesday.
“Scheller will face a misdemeanor-level special court-martial for his viral videos that blasted both civilian and military leadership,” the network reported further.
The charges were referred to court-martial by Maj. Gen. Julian D. Alford a day after Scheller was released from confinement after violating an order to stay off social media.
“Scheller is accused of displaying contempt toward officials, disrespecting superior commissioned officers, willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, dereliction in the performance of his duties and failure to obey an order or regulation, and displaying conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman,” Fox News added.
All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud,” Scheller’s father, Stu Scheller Sr., told Task & Purpose last week. “He was asking for accountability. In fact, I think he even asked for an apology that we made mistakes, but they couldn’t do that, which is mind-blowing.”
Many have come to Scheller’s defense, literally.
The Pipe Hitter Foundation, which is operated by former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher and was formed after he faced a court-martial in 2019 over allegations of committing war crimes, has contributed funds to Scheller’s legal defense.
At last count, well over $2.1 million had been donated for the Marine officer’s defense.