Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland has been in the special forces for 11 years and is known by his brothers and sisters in arms as one of the finest soldiers they ever served with. He is a decorated soldier and was once praised by Gen. David Petraeus. He also was a standout athlete at Florida State and was spurred into service by the sacrifice of Pat Tillman, the NFL player who lost his life in Afghanistan.
In 2011 Martland and his team leader found out that a local police commander named Abdul Rahman raped a young boy and beat his mother for telling people. He was trained by U.S. forces, funded by U.S. When they confronted him about it, he laughed and things got physical. Martland shoved the commander for taking his crime so lightly.
Although the reason is unclear, the Army is now taking action to discharge Martland for the incident.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) is fighting to stop this from happening, writing to Defense Secretary Ash Carter: “I am once again dismayed by the Army’s actions in this case.”
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The U.S. Army is kicking out a decorated Green Beret after an 11-year Special Forces career, after he got in trouble for shoving an Afghan police commander accused of raping a boy and beating up his mother when she reported the incident.
The case of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland now has the attention of Congress, with Rep. Duncan Hunter writing to Defense Secretary Ash Carter challenging the decision.
“I am once again dismayed by the Army’s actions in this case,” Hunter, R-Calif., wrote in a letter to Carter.
Martland is described by many of his teammates as the finest soldier they have ever served alongside.
But his Army career changed course during his second deployment to Afghanistan in 2011. After learning an Afghan boy was raped and his mother beaten, Martland and his team leader confronted a local police commander they had trained, armed and paid with U.S. taxpayer dollars. When the man laughed off the incident, they physically confronted him.
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