Good News: Army to Retain Green Beret Who Attacked Afghani Child Rapist

Good News: Army to Retain Green Beret Who Attacked Afghani Child Rapist

Good News: Army to Retain Green Beret Who Attacked Afghani Child Rapist

Here’s your Good News story of the day.

Remember the infuriating tale of how Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland was slated to be forcibly kicked out of the Army for actions he took in Afghanistan?

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In September, 2011, a 12-year-old Afghani boy and his mother showed up at the remote outpost in the Kunduz Province where the Green Berets were stationed, telling them how the boy was tied up and raped by an American-trained Afghani commander named Abdul Rahman. The attacks had gone on over several days, and were confirmed by a medic’s examination.

Later, after Rahman learned of the boy and his mother reporting the rapes to the Green Berets, he allegedly beat up the mother. When confronted by Martland and another Green Beret, Spec Ops team leader Daniel Quinn, Rahman just laughed at them.

Things became physical after that when SFC Martland shoved Rahman to the ground, resulting in some bruises. Rahman reported the incident to another Army unit, and the following day Martland and Quinn were flown out of the Kunduz Province.

Both men were removed from their positions and sent home, pending investigation. Quinn left the Army but Martland fought to remain.

Late Thursday, SFC Martland, and all of us who have followed his story, received good news: the Army has decided to retain him. Lt. Colonel Jerry Pionk said in a statement: “In SFC Martland’s case, the Army Board for Correction of Military Records determination modified a portion of one of SFC Martland’s evaluation reports and removed him from the QMP list, which will allow him to remain in the Army.

Martland’s former team leader, Danny Quinn, was thrilled:

“This is not just a great victory for SFC Martland and his family- I’m just as happy that he can continue to serve our country and inspire his peers, subordinates and officers to be better soldiers. Charles makes every soldier he comes in contact with better and the Army is undoubtedly a better organization with SFC Martland still in its ranks.”

SFC Charles Martland’s cause was championed by diverse people such as Rep. Duncan Hunter of California and actor Harvey Keitel, famous for his roles in Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. Keitel is a former Marine who wrote on behalf of SFC Martland:

“[W]hen I was a young Marine I understood we were present in order to help others who did not have the wherewithal to protect themselves. Whomever owns the idea that decided to reprimand these two men instead of giving them a medal for their actions should be asked what the hell they would’ve done if it was their child in question …”

Amen, Mr. Keitel. We are thrilled that the Army has done the right thing in reinstating SFC Charles Martland.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

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