Three years ago this month, Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart found himself under the microscope of an Article 32 investigation with Army officials purportedly trying to determine whether charges — including rape and kidnapping, among others — alleged against him warranted any legal action.
It was during this hearing, similar to a preliminary hearing in the civilian world, that the highly-decorated combat veteran learned for the first time the identity of his accuser — a then-28-year-old German woman with whom he had had a one-night stand nine months earlier inside his room at the Stuttgart-Marriott Hotel.
Embarrassed that it was taking place, Stewart attended the hearing accompanied only by his lawyers, Captain Oren Gleich and civilian attorney David Court. On the other side of the room, his accuser was accompanied only by her mother and the German state prosecutor.
If you’re wondering, at this point, how this story turned out, you can find all of the details are in my book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice. It’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Also, be sure to check out details of my next book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, set for release this fall. It connects the dots between the deaths of dozens of Americans at the hands of our so-called “allies” in Afghanistan and a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr., the man who now serves as Director of National Intelligence, our nation’s highest intelligence position.