Faithful Marine Thrown in Brig for Speaking Truth


Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the officer who went viral for blasting the military’s leadership amid the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, has been sent to the brig, according to a report.

“All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud,” Scheller’s father, Stu Scheller Sr., told Task & Purpose. “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.”

Scheller first rose to internet stardom by posting a video to Facebook blasting military leaders for the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, questioning their command decisions on the events leading up to and during the final evacuation effort.

Scheller would go on to release several more videos, generating praise and controversy while drawing the ire of military leadership. Eventually, he was told by superiors to stop posting to social media altogether, an order he immediately ignored by posting about the gag order.

The officer also seemingly realized that last post could result in his trip to the brig.

“What happens when all you do is speak truth and no one wants to hear it. But they can probably stop listening because… I’m crazy… right?” Scheller wrote at the end of the post.  “Col Emmel please have the MPs waiting for me at 0800 on Monday. I’m ready for jail.”

Scheller is “currently in pre-trial confinement,” a spokesperson for Training and Education Command said of the officer’s status.

“The time, date, and location of the proceedings have not been determined. Lt. Col. Scheller will be afforded all due process,” the statement continued.

But the elder Scheller defended his son, arguing that he was only asking for “accountability” from the military’s top brass.

“He’s asking for the same accountability that is expected of him and his men,” he said.

“I’ve had Vietnam veterans contacting me applauding him for his courage because they too want to know: Was it all worth it?” he continued. “And by demanding accountability and honesty from his senior leaders, that’s all he was asking. And the way the Marine Corps has dealt with it: They have now put him in jail.”

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  1. Michael Valgos says

    I am a disabled Marine veteran I had 10 years in and I can see what the colonel is saying Most of the time o-7 and below feel the effect of shit rolling down hill I will have to say in the last couple of years there were flag offices that were relieved They are trying their best to make the military political Look at Milley he is a prime example He should be in the brig right now if things were fair which they are not I think that Lt Col Scheller is correct in everything he has said however the big Green Machine will eat him up because he has embarrassed the Marine Corps and those who will sit at his court martial if it happens will find him guilty because they will not want to have a check mark on their next promotion It will result in the cover your ass and close ranks It is terrible This man has put himself and his Marines lives on the line and was a consistent winner He must discipline his Marines and what do you say when you find them guilty at article 15 hearing when he knows what they feel because they see what happens up top doesn’t count only the ones who do put their lives on the line They are expendable in battle and especially when it comes to that next star or even the first one

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