Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. who was previously relieved of his duties at Camp Lejeune’s infantry after he posted a video criticizing military leadership, has been scheduled for a court-martial hearing. The hearing is set to take place next week at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina. Stuart Scheller was publicly critical of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the military handling of the matter.
“Did anyone raise their hand and say, ‘We completely messed this up?’ I’m not saying we can take back what has been done. All I asked for was accountability, for people to comment on what I said and to say, ‘Yes. Mistakes were made.’ And had they done that I would’ve gone back into rank and file, submitted, and accomplished what I wanted.” said Stuart Scheller in the video posted on Facebook and LinkedIn.
In the August 26 video, Scheller criticized the decision taken by leaders in the military board regarding the U.S. withdrawal, talking about how the leadership had avoided responsibility or given some questioning command orders during the entire period of the war.
Stuart Scheller’s parents have publicly talked about how their son has ‘spoken truth to power’. Commenting on the matter, Scheller’s father Stu Scheller said, “While he broke the chain of command – [Gens.] Austin, Milley, McKenzie – they broke the chain of trust and confidence in the American people. We’re mad, we’re mad as hell.”
Capt. Sam Stephenson, a spokesperson for the Marine Corps Training and Education Command said that Sheller was 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.”