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Congressman Biggs Requests Release of Lt. Col. Scheller

October 7, 2021

Today, Congressman Andy Biggs and 16 of his colleagues sent a letter to Marine Corps Commandant David Berger demanding the release of Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller.  Lt. Col. Scheller was relieved of his command after posting several videos demanding accountability from military leaders for the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Scheller offered to resign but it was rejected and he is currently being confined at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Text of the letter is below:

 

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General David H. Berger
Commandant of the Marine Corps
Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps
3000 Marine Corps, Pentagon
Washington, DC 20350-3000

 
Dear Commandant Berger,

Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller Jr. should be immediately released from the brig and allowed to voluntarily resign from his post. American service members should not be punished for demanding our military leaders stand up and take ownership of their decisions. Especially when those decisions lead to the tragic deaths of 13 service members.  

Lt. Col. Scheller was relieved of his command for demanding accountability from military leaders over the dismal withdrawal from Afghanistan. He offered to resign from his position instead of remaining in the Marines because of the lack of accountability within the top military brass. His resignation was denied, he was arrested, and is currently being held in pretrial confinement at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

During the video post demanding accountability, Lt. Col. Scheller said “I have been fighting for 17 years. I am willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders: I demand accountability.” After posting this video, Lt. Col. Scheller was relieved of his command because of a “loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command.” Lt. Col. Scheller was willing to give up his well-deserved benefits in order to ensure that there was accountability for the failures in our withdrawal from Afghanistan. That is the kind of leadership that the American people want, deserve, and demand from their military leaders. Lt. Col. Scheller should have your complete trust and confidence for his willingness to stand up for what is right and to demand our military leaders hold themselves to the highest standards.
 
Lt. Col. Scheller must be immediately released from the brig and allowed to voluntarily resign from his post.

 
Sincerely,

Andy Biggs
Member of Congress

Cosponsors: Congressman Jeff Duncan, Congressman Bob Good, Congresswoman Mary Miller, Congressman Bill Posey, Congresswoman Yvette Herrell, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, Congressman Randy Weber, Congressman Jody Hice, Congressman Andy Harris, Congressman Warren Davidson, Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, Congressman Ralph Norman, Congressman Matt Gaetz, Congressman Mark E. Green, Congressman David Schweikert, & Congressman Austin Scott