A former Marine who served below Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the maverick Marine fired Friday for a now-viral video slamming the US navy for botching the exit from Kabul, stated he wasn’t stunned the officer sacrificed his profession with the intention to inform his reality.
“It takes actual braveness to do what he did and that was Stu all the best way,” Juan Chavez, 33, of Valparaiso, Ind., who served below Scheller from 2011 to 2014, instructed The Submit Saturday. “He was an impressive chief, a breath of contemporary air, who was all the time going to do what’s proper, even when it goes towards the grain.”
Scheller, 41, a 17-year Marine veteran three years wanting qualifying for a full pension, went viral Thursday after he posted a four-minute, 45-second video to Fb during which he appeared in uniform and ripped into navy management following the devastating suicide bombing at Kabul airport, which killed 13 US service members and at the very least 169 Afghans.
He particularly referred to as out Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David H. Berger, Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers Gen. Mark Milley.
“Persons are upset as a result of their senior leaders allow them to down, and none of them are elevating their palms and accepting accountability or saying, ‘We messed this up,’” he stated.
Scheller’s dad, Stuart Sr., instructed The Submit Saturday that he couldn’t remark however agreed with nice emotion that what his son did was “extraordinary.” His son stated he gained’t speak to reporters till he had completed his “formal” exit from the Marines.
A married father of three boys who lives in Jacksonville, NC, Scheller appeared to have had a superb navy profession earlier than he did the unthinkable and broke rank with the Marine Corps.
However now he’s a hero to many within the navy and amongst civilians for, as one particular person commented, “popping out with what everybody was pondering however was afraid to say.”
In his video, Scheller stated that the US ought to by no means have deserted its most strategic airbase – Bagram – early this summer season. Milley stated on June 23 that Bagram “wasn’t tactically or operationally mandatory” for the US navy’s last exit from Afghanistan.
Scheller stated a few of his fellow officers, whereas supportive, urged him to take down the video.
“Clearly I didn’t take it down,” Scheller wrote in a later Fb publish. “I’ll provide this … we are able to’t ALL be fallacious. Should you all agree … then step up. They solely have the facility as a result of we permit it. What if all of us demanded accountability?”
He quoted Thomas Jefferson: “Each era wants a revolution.”
Greater than 30,000 folks, a few of whom served below Scheller, have appreciated and commented on his video.
“Proud to have served below your command sir, we’ll observe you to the pits of hell and again,” wrote Zach Olbrys of Worcester, Mass.
Ryan Holland of Lexington, Ky. wrote: “I see a seat in Washington in your close to future!! It was all the time an honor serving with you sir! Semper Fi!
“It took large brass balls to do what you probably did … [knowing] it got here at an enormous threat to your profession personally,” wrote Paul Zedalis. “An Officer with integrity … onerous to search out on the senior ranges lately. My hat is off to you Sir!”