A couple of weeks ago, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller made headlines with his video calling out senior military officials for how Afghanistan was handled. The military swiftly removed him from command. Now they have put him in the brig for speaking out.
From Serving to Serving Time
Scheller's father, Stu Scheller Sr., talked with Task and Purpose about his son being put into the brig for speaking his mind.
“All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud. 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.”Stu Scheller Sr.
Lt. Col. Scheller will appear in front of a military hearing, according to his father. Scheller Sr. said, "They had a gag order on him and asked him not to speak."
However, Scheller decided to talk anyway. "He did, and they incarcerated him. They don't know what to do with him."
Indeed In The Brig
The Marine Corps did issue a confirmation that Scheller's was indeed in the brig after Task and Purpose published their story.
“Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. is currently 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. The time, date, and location of the proceedings have not been determined. Lt. Col. Scheller will be afforded all due process.”Capt. Sam Stephenson, a spokesman for Training and Education Command
According to the Marine Corps, Scheller is to answer for violating the following articles of the UCMJ: Article 88: Contempt toward officials, Article 90: Willfully disobeying superior commissioned officer, Article 92: Failure to obey an order. Finally, he will also answer Article 133: Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.
Chain Of Events
Scheller received both praise and backlash from his initial video from those inside the veteran and military community. Some saw his video as a noble cause, while others thought he broke the chain of command and spoke out of turn.
Scheller posted another YouTube video stating he would file charges against Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. for his errors in Afghanistan.
Scheller posted on Facebook that he had been told to "stop posting." He also said he expected to be put in the brig.