Super glad to see the Sgt Major landed on his feet. And hearing his story (of how he had just returned from the funeral of his father, and how he handled how all this going down) only makes me respect this man about a hundred times more.
Here’s the story: Sgt. Major speaks out: ‘My career was defaced.‘
And here are my two earlier posts about the incident:
- Charges dropped against Parris Island Sgt. Maj. who confronted protester
- Here’s my earlier post from June: Sgt Major of Parris Island resigns following altercation with protester.
Back when this first happened and both sides were seriously pissed and entrenched — some supported the former DI and his right to protest, and even supporters of the Sgt Major were mostly furious about Obama’s trade for Bergdahl — I wrote this:
I might be wrong — I frequently am — but I’ll bet you in ten or fifteen years, that former DI feels bad about this entire episode. I understand why he was protesting the trade made by Obama, and I’ll bet he’s still super angry at the Sgt Major, but with about ten years and some distance from the event, I’m betting he’ll wish things had gone down differently.
Even with the distance of nearly four months, I still feel the same about this incident. And given that we now know the Sgt Major had just returned from dealing with the death of his father, which his command should have known, I find it absolutely absurd that he was basically forced out after this incident.
The man was a three-time combat vet with a Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device, which they rarely award to enlisted troops…
Sgt Major, I would have been proud to serve under you, and I wish you well in your new job.
Keep the faith,
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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