If there’s truth in the old adage, “No good deed goes unpunished,” this could be the case that confirms it.
A decorated Green Beret is being kicked out of the Army for allegedly “shoving an Afghan police commander accused of raping a boy and beating his mother when she reported the incident,” and the case has caught the attention of some in Congress, Fox News reported.
Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland has a stellar reputation among his peers, who say Martland deserves an award instead of punishment after honorably serving 11 years in the special forces.
According to Fox News:
After learning an Afghan boy was raped and his mother beaten, Martland and his team leader confronted a local police commander they had trained, armed and paid with U.S. taxpayer dollars. When the man laughed off the incident, they physically confronted him.
California Rep. Duncan Hunter wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, calling Martland’s actions a “moral decision” and saying Martland had no choice but to respond or let the atrocities continue.
“It’s sad to think that a child rapist is put above one of our elite military operators,” Hunter told Fox News.
“Sgt. 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.”
Martland served heavy combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and became a skilled jump master, combat diver and sniper. He was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor for unselfish bravery during a Taliban ambush, Fox News reported.
In other words, he wasn’t the type of guy to turn the other cheek.
After a 12-year-old Afghan boy was confirmed by a medic to have been raped, the boy’s mother was allegedly beaten by Afghan commander Abdul Rahman, the man accused of the crime.
“He confessed to the crime and laughed about it, and said it wasn’t a big deal. Even when we patiently explained how serious the charge was, he kept laughing,” Martland’s fellow soldier Daniel Quinn said.
“As a man, as a father of a young boy myself at the time, I felt obliged to step in to prevent further repeat occurrences,” Quinn said.
The 2011 incident immediately ended both Martland’s and Quinn’s work in Kunduz Province, according to Fox News.
Quinn eventually left the Army to pursue a career on Wall Street, but Martland has been fighting to keep his position in the Army.
Tim Bulman, a childhood friend and National Football League player, said, “You would want [Martland] in your corner and protecting our freedom.”
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