The US Marine lieutenant colonel who took exception with the US military’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan is once again putting himself in the line of fire, criticizing a Marine general who referred to him as “narcissistic.”
LTC Stuart Scheller Jr. released a statement on Thursday, claiming that Maj. Gen. Julian D. Alford -the flag officer who wrote Scheller’s letter of reprimand- was out of line for his comments.
“I am not narcissistic,” wrote Scheller in the October 28 letter. “Yet in your letter, you felt compelled to use the word ‘narcissistic,’ which is neither ‘temperate,’ or ‘confined to pertinent facts.’”
The documents in relation to the lieutenant colonel’s statements were obtained exclusively by FOX News.
Scheller pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor-level violations of military law last month and spent nine days in the brig.
Ultimately, Scheller was spared a much worse fate by USMC Judge Colonel Glen Hines, who sentenced him to a letter of reprimand and $5,000 fine, citing his flawless record and emotional distress.
According to Alford, however, Scheller was in violation of his oath.
“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.”
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