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General discharge in ex-Green Beret's administrative hearing

The defense counsel for a former Army Green Beret soldier and officer operating with that service's Special Forces Command calls the outcome of a recent administrative hearing "a win of sorts," adding, though, that "there's more that's going to be coming following this."

That view is seconded by one U.S. congressman, who vows that he will continue taking a strong interest in the ex-soldier's case, even though an Army Board of Inquiry has concluded its investigation into the matter.

The "matter" centrally involves the disclosure made by the former army major to CIA questioners during a job interview indicating, as noted by a recent Washington Post article, that while on combat duty in Afghanistan, he "had killed an unarmed man he believed was a Taliban bomb maker."

The Army investigated the matter, but never filed criminal charges against the officer. And no fellow soldiers stepped forward to testify, even when offered immunity.

The Green Beret was ultimately discharged from service with a general discharge under honorable conditions, coupled with a memorandum of reprimand placed in his permanent files. The Board of Inquiry panel additionally cited the officer with conduct unbecoming an officer. A Silver Star that had been awarded him earlier was summarily taken back by the Army.

The major has had steadfast support from many individuals, including a former Medal of Honor winner and two senior commanders from his unit in Afghanistan. Additionally, the aforementioned legislator -- Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R.-CA) -- states that he will push for the restoration of the soldier's medal.

What military officials have done, says Hunter, is "litigate split-second battlefield decisions from the rear."

Source: The Washington Post, "Former Green Beret war hero, investigated in killing, survives Army hearing with his benefits," Dan Lamothe, June 29, 2015

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