Marine officer who blasted leaders over Afghanistan withdrawal now in the brig
…from Task and Purpose
[ Editor’s Note: At first I was suspicious that Col. Scheller was going to make his initial big media splash, resign from the military, and then run for Congress as a Trumper.
But I have to back off that now, as he can’t run for Congress from the Brig. The guy doubled down with refusing to clam up while still on the payroll and is in a much worse situation.
Was he betting on a Trump pardon and maybe a high Defense Department slot after Trump wins in 2024? Would a Marine officer take such a gamble? Apparently this one did. I don’t thing we will be hearing from him directly for some time.
The Marine command does not like having an officer put on display that orders can be disobeyed when he feel necessary.
Scheller is accused of the following offenses under the UCMJ: Article 88: Contempt toward officials, Article 90: Willfully disobeying superior commissioned officer, Article 92: Failure to obey an order, and Article 133: Conduct unbecoming.
I feel sorry for his family, and possibly for him when his wife gets hold of him when he eventually goes home. His father must be ‘lost in space’ with his silly comment of “all he did was…”. He disobeyed a direct order. What did dad expect the Command to do? …take orders from Scheller? You just can’t make this stuff up.
I just checked with Gordon. If he gets a court-martial he loses his entire pension. His Marine income for his family ends, and all other veterans benefits including medical. His wife might be sharpening the big kitchen knife now… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … September 28, 2021
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the Marine officer whose meteoric rise to internet fandom began with a video criticizing military leadership over Afghanistan, is currently in the brig, his father told Task & Purpose.
“All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud,” said Stu Scheller Sr. “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.”
He said that his son is expected to appear before a military hearing on Thursday.
“They had a gag order on him and asked him not to speak,” the senior Scheller said. “He did, and they incarcerated him. They don’t know what to do with him.”
After this story was first published, the Marine Corps issued a statement confirming that Scheller has been sent to the brig.
“Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. is currently in pre-trial confinement in the Regional Brig for Marine Corps Installations East aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune pending an Article 32 preliminary hearing,” said Capt. Sam Stephenson, a spokesman for Training and Education Command. “The time, date, and location of the proceedings have not been determined. Lt. Col. Scheller will be afforded all due process.”
(After publication the Marine Corps confirmed that Scheller is accused of the following offenses under the UCMJ: Article 88: Contempt toward officials, Article 90: Willfully disobeying superior commissioned officer, Article 92: Failure to obey an order, and Article 133: Conduct unbecoming)
Scheller first gained notoriety on Aug. 26, when he posted a video on Facebook and Linkedin criticizing the handling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
In the video, Scheller accused senior military leaders of shirking their responsibilities, and questioned some of the command decisions that were made leading up to, and during, the final moments of America’s longest war.
“People are upset because their senior leaders let them down, and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, ‘We messed this up,’” Scheller said in the video.