Marine officer who blasted leaders over Afghanistan withdrawal now in the brig

…from Task and Purpose

[ Editor’s Note: At first I was suspicious that Col. Scheller was going to make his initial big media splash, resign from the military, and then run for Congress as a Trumper.

But I have to back off that now, as he can’t run for Congress from the Brig. The guy doubled down with refusing to clam up while still on the payroll and is in a much worse situation.

Was he betting on a Trump pardon and maybe a high Defense Department slot after Trump wins in 2024? Would a Marine officer take such a gamble? Apparently this one did. I don’t thing we will be hearing from him directly for some time.

The Marine command does not like having an officer put on display that orders can be disobeyed when he feel necessary.

Scheller is accused of the following offenses under the UCMJ: Article 88: Contempt toward officials, Article 90: Willfully disobeying superior commissioned officer, Article 92: Failure to obey an order, and Article 133: Conduct unbecoming.

I feel sorry for his family, and possibly for him when his wife gets hold of him when he eventually goes home. His father must be ‘lost in space’ with his silly comment of “all he did was…”. He disobeyed a direct order. What did dad expect the Command to do? …take orders from Scheller? You just can’t make this stuff up.

I just checked with Gordon. If he gets a court-martial he loses his entire pension. His Marine income for his family ends, and all other veterans benefits including medical. His wife might be sharpening the big kitchen knife now Jim W. Dean ]

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First published … September 28, 2021

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the Marine officer whose meteoric rise to internet fandom began with a video criticizing military leadership over Afghanistan, is currently in the brig, his father told Task & Purpose.

“All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud,” said Stu Scheller Sr. “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.”

He said that his son is expected to appear before a military hearing on Thursday.

“They had a gag order on him and asked him not to speak,” the senior Scheller said. “He did, and they incarcerated him. They don’t know what to do with him.”

After this story was first published, the Marine Corps issued a statement confirming that Scheller has been sent to the brig.

“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,” said Capt. Sam Stephenson, a spokesman for Training and Education Command. “The time, date, and location of the proceedings have not been determined. Lt. Col. Scheller will be afforded all due process.”

(After publication the Marine Corps confirmed that Scheller is accused of the following offenses under the UCMJ: Article 88: Contempt toward officials, Article 90: Willfully disobeying superior commissioned officer, Article 92: Failure to obey an order, and Article 133: Conduct unbecoming)

Scheller first gained notoriety on Aug. 26, when he posted a video on Facebook and Linkedin criticizing the handling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

In the video, Scheller accused senior military leaders of shirking their responsibilities, and questioned some of the command decisions that were made leading up to, and during, the final moments of America’s longest war.

“People are upset because their senior leaders let them down, and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, ‘We messed this up,’” Scheller said in the video.

You can read the full article at Task & Purpose.



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11 COMMENTS

  1. Does anyone remember Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, who was removed from command after he went around his chain of command and whined to the media about COVID on his ship, and democrats wanted him reinstated?

    Pepperidge Farms remembers.

  2. Remember the, Nuremberg Trials? What did the ALIES tell the German Officers? ‘Because You did follow ORDERS and not your CONSCIENCE, we will HANG You!’ BASTA! There would be a more peaceful WORLD, if the Military Personnel, of ALL Nations, would follow their CONSCIENCE, provided, they are not ‘Demonic Supremacist Chosen Few, Zealots, of any Religion and/or, Ideology, but just decent Human Beings! AMEN! Try to live by the ‘GOLDEN RULE’!!!

  3. This all smells of dominionism. That is a “Christian political ideology that seeks to institute a nation governed by Christians based on their understandings of biblical law.” (Wikipedia) Gordon has written extensively about this being rampant in the US military. Chosenite pastor, John Hagee, actually said, “When Jesus Christ comes back, he’s not going to ask the ACLU if it’s alright to pray, he’s not going to ask the churches if they can ordain pedophile bishops and priests, he’s not going to ask if it’s all right to put the Ten Commandments in the statehouses, he’s not going to endorse abortion, he’s going to run the world by the word of God and the world will never end. It’s going to become a Garden of Eden, and Christ is going to rule it.”

    • Well then, Scheller can become very active in the military prison church house and continue his delusions of accountability. If he could read this I’d ask; ‘Hey guy, why don’t you rant on about 7 countries in 5 years (20 years)? Presidents and administrations side stepping the obvious? Tower 7 collapsing into its own footprint? Israel? No…it’s all pointless bitching about those who can do nothing about it’. An Article 32 will be followed by a Courts Martial and he will be sunk. This guy acts like he needs that strong arm lickin’ in the shed. He’ll get it.

    • The problem with Hagee’s BS is nowhere does the Bible say that Jesus is coming back to establish a kingdom on earth. Jesus clearly said His Kingdom is NOT of this Earth. His Kingdom is a Heavenly Kingdom.
      The majority of what is being preached and practiced in today’s “Christian ” churches is more Talmudic than Biblical.
      Jesus also would not approve of Hagee and his current wife. It seems they were both married to other people when their affair begin

  4. Yes, all those dead “marines died in vain.” As did every other American who died as a result of military conflict since the end of WWII, or even before.
    I can understand how young and inexperienced recruits and servicemen get swept up into something beyond their ability to comprehend.
    But older guys like the one in the “brig” who know something’s wrong, either haven’t figured out yet who really controls the U.S.A. or have figured it out and think that to state the fact in a video would result in something far worse than a court-martial.
    I’m sure if he has figured it out, he will be thoroughly convinced to keep silent about it before he gets out.
    ALL the upper command know the score.
    And what do we hear from them?
    Crickets.

  5. The only charge that shows why he is in the brig is “contempt toward officials” , the other ones are the standard pile ons. But you get the pile ons when you are warned and still proceed.

    The thing is, when you protest make sure you have a clear point and can prove it. Then they must change. Getting out of war, is a dumb thing to protest, even if sloppy. This guy, has no point and is just ranting. A selfish protest seldom amounts to anything. Active duty, is not the same as being a civilian, hello ?