Marine officer resigns after being relieved of command for demanding leadership accountability

In the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attack amid the botched withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, there have been an increased number of public calls for President Joe Biden’s senior military leaders to either resign or be fired over their failed handling of the mission.

To date, it appears that only one officer has been busted, albeit one who wasn’t even involved in the Afghanistan debacle whatsoever. Rather, it was a mid-level officer in command of a U.S. Marine battalion who is now facing consequences for speaking out and demanding accountability from his own leaders, Breitbart reported.

Calling them all out

Technically, U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller hasn’t been fired by his superiors — yet — but he was relieved of his command and is now preparing to resign his commission in response to the complete lack of accountability for senior military leaders in the Marine Corps and, more broadly, in the Pentagon.

Lt. Col. Scheller’s troubles began Thursday following the terrorist attack outside the Kabul airport that killed 13 U.S. service members, most of them Marines, in which he made clear in a video posted to Facebook that he understood the risk he was taking with his own 17-year career in speaking out to demand accountability, honesty, and integrity from top U.S. military brass.

He posted again to Facebook the next day to reveal that he had been relieved of his command due to a “lack of trust and confidence” that stemmed from his prior video message — a consequence he understood and accepted, but which would not stop him from continuing to demand accountability.

Clarifying his status and intent

On Sunday, Lt. Col. Scheller recorded and posted to YouTube a lengthier video that first addressed some “administrative” and personal news before going on to outline how important his quest for accountability and integrity from military leaders was to him.

He announced that, rather than be quiet and serve another three years in the Marine Corps in order to achieve full — and somewhat lucrative — retirement benefits, all of which he was willing to forego, he would instead resign his commission and allow the chips to fall where they may.

The officer went on to thank everyone who was supporting him and praised the rank-and-file Marines he had served with, the guys who “go outside the wire” every day and who “don’t get the credit they deserve — and they deserve accountability.”

He concluded by vowing to “bring the whole f—ing system down,” and insisted he was an honorable man with honorable intentions of simply holding military leadership accountable, and promised, “We’re just getting started.”

Resignation submitted

Scheller, on Tuesday, made good on his announcement in his earlier video regarding his intent to resign, as he took to Facebook once more and posted a picture of the resignation letter he had submitted, with a request that Sept. 11, 2021 be the effective date of his resignation.

In the conclusion of his brief letter to the Secretary of the Navy, Scheller wrote, “My reason for submitting a letter of resignation: A lack of trust and confidence in your ability to lead.”

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