In a stunning reversal, the U.S. Army decided to retain a decorated Green Beret it had planned to kick out after he physically confronted a local Afghan commander accused of raping a boy over the course of many days.
Sgt 1st Class Charles Martland told Fox News, “I am real thankful for being able to continue to serve,” said Martland when reached on the telephone by Fox News. “I appreciate everything Congressman Duncan Hunter and his Chief of Staff, Joe Kasper did for me.”
The decorated Green Beret, who has given 11 years to the service, originally lost his appeal to remain in the service of his country because he shoved an Afghan police commander who raped a 12-year old boy repeatedly. When the mother reported it, the Afghani beat up his mother.
This is more than a story about a soldier who came to the aid of a child, it’s about an army command that lost all sense of morality.
Sgt. Charles Martland, 33, was serving in the Kunduz Province when he heard the reports. He confronted the Afghan cop, Abdul Rahman, with his team leader in early 2011.
When Rahman was confronted, he “laughed about it, and said it wasn’t a big deal,” according to Daniel Quinn, Martland’s team leader.
The pair shoved Rahman to the ground in an attempt to discourage him from further rapes.
Martland had always received the highest scores in evaluations, even since the incident.
Sgt. Martland is described by his men as the best of the best. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
Congressman Duncan Hunter, who wrote to Defense Secretary Ash Carter about the verdict, said, “It’s sad to think that a child rapist is put above one of our elite military operators.
He added, “Sergeant Martland was left with no other choice but to intervene in a bad situation. The Army should stand up for what’s right and should not side with a corrupt Afghan police officer.”
The New York Times reported last September that soldiers are being told to ignore the abuse.
“Instead of weeding out pedophiles, the American military was arming them in some cases and placing them as the commanders of villages — and doing little when they began abusing children,” read the paper’s report.
One soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, Gregory Buckley, in his last call home, told his father about the situation.
“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.