MARINE Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller was relieved of duty over comments he made regarding the US troops in Afghanistan.
Scheller broke his silence regarding the scandal saying that he was “relieved for cause based on a lack of trust and confidence…”
Who is Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller?
Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller has served the US Marine Corps Infantry for 17 years.
He has participated in the non-combatant evacuation of American citizens out of Beirut during the 2006 Israeli/Lebanese conflict and worked as a fire support leader, serving during a Mojave Viper and the Ramadi deployment.
In 2019, Scheller checked into Marine special forces command and assumed the duties as the executive officer of the second support battalion.
Two years later he joined the advanced infantry training battalion as the commanding officer.
Scheller has attended expeditionary warfare school and has two degrees, a Bachelor’s in accounting and a Master’s in military science.
Additionally, he is a father to three sons.
What happened to Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller?
Scheller was relieved of his command for publicly demanding senior US military brass take “accountability” for overseeing the execution of the pullout from Afghanistan after 13 troops died in the suicide bombing of August 26.
Scheller called on the leaders in charge of the Afghanistan mission to explain why soldiers died as a result of the architecture of the evacuation in a four-minute clip posted to social media.
“I’m not saying we need to be in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying, did any of you throw your rank on the table and say, ‘Hey, it’s a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate everyone?’
“Did anyone do that?
“And when you didn’t think to do that, did anyone raise their hand and say, ‘We completely messed this up?'”
He then questioned the heart and honesty of the leaders of the Afghanistan withdrawal for “not holding up their end of the bargain.”
“Without that, we just keep repeating the same mistakes,” he said. “…I want to say this very strongly. I have been fighting for 17 years. I am willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders: I demand accountability.”
On Friday, August 27, 2021, Scheller confirmed he was being “relieved for cause” and that he was “exiting the Marine Corps.”
Amid his announcement, Scheller said: “America has so many issues … but it’s my home.”
“When my Marine Corps career comes to an end, I look forward to a new beginning.
“My life’s purpose is to make America the most lethal and effective foreign diplomacy instrument.
“While my days of hand-to-hand violence may be ending … I see a new light on the horizon.”
What did the Marine Corps say about Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller?
Marine Corps spokesman Maj. Jim Stenger confirmed on Friday evening that Scheller “was relieved of command by Col. David Emmel, Commanding Officer of School of Infantry-East, due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command”
“This is obviously an emotional time for a lot of Marines, and we encourage anyone struggling right now to seek counseling or talk to a fellow Marine.”
The main sticking point that led to Scheller getting the hook was taking his protest in the public square.
“There is a forum in which Marine leaders can address their disagreements with the chain of command, but it’s not social media.”
The news of Scheller’s relief comes after ISIS-K took credit for sending in a suicide bomber into the Kabul airport security gate who detonated a device that slain at least 170 people dead and wounded 155.
The blast rocked Kabul leaving 12 Marines and one Navy medic and 15 other US soldiers injured.
The attack came only days before the US August 31 date to be completely out of Afghanistan.
Marine Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie has estimated there are now some 5,000 individuals awaiting evacuation from the country.
104,000 civilians have been evacuated so far, including about 5,000 Americans.
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