News accounts, including a recent article in the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, reveal that U.S. Southern Command is investigating the alleged roles of five soldiers from 7th Special Forces Group in the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia. Wanting to learn more, I contacted a friend, retired after serving his country as a Green Beret for more than 15 years, to see what he knows about the case. My friend told me this:
“Those guys are all under investigation and SF will probably revoke their tabs, basically squashing their SF careers. That doesn’t mean they can’t go back to conventional forces and continue with their military careers, just not with their SF careers.”
While far from being the official word on this matter, my friend’s observations remind me of an aspect of the case against Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, the Green Beret whose life story and wrongful conviction are chronicled in my book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice. Whether or not these Green Berets are found guilty of any kind of misconduct, they — like Stewart — are likely to see their SF careers squashed.
Though I have no first-hand details of what transpired in Columbia earlier this month, I do know what happened to a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. The fact that he had charges brought against him resulted in his record being tarnished. When a courts-martial panel found him guilty on several charges and sentenced him to prison, his life was turned upside down and his SF career was ruined.
Based on extensive interviews and never-before-published details taken from the actual Record of Trial, Three Days in August paints a portrait of military justice gone awry that’s certain to make your blood boil.