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American News Dec 24, 2021 1:07 PM EST

Lt. Col. who criticized Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal discharged from Marines

On Thursday, the Lt. Col. that criticized the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal and called for accountability in August was released from the Marine Corps.

Lt. Col. who criticized Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal discharged from Marines
Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

On Thursday, the Lt. Col. that criticized the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal and called for accountability in August was released from the Marine Corps.

Former Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller announced the news in a lengthy Facebook post, recapping the events over the last four months that led up to his discharge.

"I was released from the Marine Corps today, Thursday, December 23rd, 2021. I am filled with mixed emotions. I would like to sincerely thank the Marine Corps for forging me into a man," Scheller said. "And from the bottom of my heart, I'd like to thank all the Marines who served, led, bled, and suffered alongside me the past 17 years."

The now-former Marine wrote that he received a general discharge under honorable conditions, which is lower than an honorable discharge.

Scheller announced that four months after he released a video blasting leadership for a chaotic withdrawal and demanding accountability. Shortly after the video was posted, Scheller was relieved of duty.

"I'm not saying we've got to be in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying: Did any of you throw your rank on the table and say, 'Hey, it’s a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate everyone?'" said Scheller in the August video. "Did anyone do that? And when you didn’t think to do that, did anyone raise their hand and say, ‘We completely messed this up?'"

Following the video, Scheller wrote that he was "slandered as homicidal/suicidal by the USMC's public affairs team," "was imprisoned under the false pretense of 'flight risk,'" "called a narcissist in my letter of reprimand," and lost his retirement.

Scheller continued to post videos after he was relieved of duty, and around one month later, he was placed in the brig for nine days. He pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor-level violations of military law on Oct. 15.

Scheller was issued a $5,000 fine and was given a letter of reprimand as a sentence.

The letter of reprimand written by Gen. Maj. Gen. Julian D. Alford stated that Scheller had violated his oath to support and defend the Constitution.

"Your actions have harmed good order and discipline with the service as well as publicly discredited the US Marine Corps," the general wrote. "Your narcissistic acts can serve only to erode the rule of law."

Scheller blasted the letter, stating that his superiors wrongly placed him in jail and refused to provide him with basic essentials during his solitary confinement period. Scheller also inside that he is not "narcissistic," and also called for an investigation into the leaking of his medical records.

In Thursday's Facebook post, Scheller thanked the over 40,000 Americans that donated to his foundation while he as in jail.

"Witnessing Americans of all ethnicities, political parties, and backgrounds donate to my fund, fills my heart with love for Americans," wrote Scheller. "Your support not only paid for my lawyers but will provide stability for my family as I move on to the next chapter in my life."

In a statement to Fox News, a Marine Corps spokesperson confirmed Scheller's release.

"Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller is no longer on active duty and was separated from the service on Dec. 24, 2021," the spokesperson said. "Out of respect for the privacy rights afforded uniformed service members, we have nothing further to add regarding his status or the characterization of his service in the Marine Corps."

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