Report: Trump makes SEAL Gallagher a Chief again

| November 5, 2019 | 26 Comments


Navy Times has learned that President Trump has decided to restore the rate of a Navy SEAL acquitted of murder and take action in the cases of two soldiers accused of similar crimes. Details are expected soon.

By: Navy Times staff
President Donald J. Trump has decided to restore convicted SEAL Edward Gallagher’s pay grade to Chief Petty Officer, overriding a decision last week by the Navy’s top admiral, both Navy Times and Fox News learned.

Although naval officials and Navy Times discussed Trump’s looming decision on Sunday, it was announced on the morning Fox and Friends show by network contributor Pete Hegseth, who said he spoke directly with the president about intervening in three war crimes cases.

A week before Veterans Day, Trump’s move clears the way to free Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, who was convicted on a pair of murder charges for ordering his platoon to shoot and kill three Afghan men on a motorcycle in 2012 and is serving a 19-year sentence at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth.

It also is poised to end the prosecution of Green Beret Maj. Matthew Golsteyn, who is accused of executing a suspected Taliban bomb maker in Helmand Province nine years ago.

Hope this is the last nail in the Obama era ROE’s coffin. Now close the books on Hasan Akbar and Nidal Hasan.

The rest of the article may be viewed here: Navy Times

Category: Afghanistan, F*** Yeah!, Navy

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  1. Comm Center Rat says:

    Bravo Zulu Mr. President.

    Thank you CHIEF Gallagher for your 20 years of heroic leadership on countless battlefields around the globe.

  2. Combat Historian says:

    Obama era-ROE, A.K.A. JAG Power Grab and Empire-Building Authority Act…

  3. Toxic Deplorable Racist B Woodman says:

    Forget “close the book” on Nidal Hasan……close the door, and don’t open it for six months. Then open it long enough to remove the corpse (feed it to the pigs or wild boars), clean and disinfect the cell.

  4. 5th/77th FA says:

    Well…good!!! Others on this page may not like what President Trump did, but in this case it is spot on. Was it a dumbass move the Chief made? Yeah prolly. Should the Chief have done what he did? Prolly not. Was this a case of Big Navy wanting to have a scapegoat? IMO…hell to the yes.

    2 rules in war. #1 people die. #2? Only God can change #1.

  5. Roh-Dog says:

    Thank You President Trump!
    I can’t wait to vote for that man a third time, a year from now.
    Btw, GO VOTE TODAY!!!*

    *where applicable

  6. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    FUCK Nidal Hasan, IMHO he needs to be strapped to the gurney and put down like the rabid animal he is! As for Chief Gallagher, I give Kudos to POTUS and hope to see more further erasure of the 0bama Curse, I mean legacy.

  7. rgr769 says:

    I don’t disagree with the final outcome here because there is ample evidence he didn’t kill the wounded ISIS fighter. But there are a number of Army SF guys who had bad first hand experiences with this SEAL in A-stan, and two were witnesses to a likely unlawful sniper killing of a farmer by Gallagher which he later bragged about endlessly. It is a good thing he is retiring. I suspect his headspace timing is off. He obviously does not have the judgment to lead a SEAL team. Even in the Viet of the Nam, we did not treat enemy KIA’S like they were a trophy deer.

    • USMC Steve says:

      Given the sheer number of times he was sent into the line of fire, I would suspect that to be the case. But that is not his fault, that is the fault of Big Navy leadership. He simply carried out his orders and went to fight when told to do so. As to that comment about Vietnam and such, nope. Too many ear necklaces and photos of Americans with dead dinks exist. But there was no superficial unnecessary “Law of Land Warfare” to screw with people back then either.

      • rgr769 says:

        Well, I heard all sorts of stories like that, but that is what they were stories. I spent fifteen months in country and I never saw or met anyone who saw an ear necklace on any US combatant. We had a skull in my Ranger Company but it came from a remote graveyard hit by an airstrike which unearthed some of the graves. And I saw an occasional photo of enemy dead, but they weren’t being posed like trophies. And we still followed the Geneva Convention, even if our enemy didn’t. I had to do an Article 32 investigation because an EPW claimed the capturing rifle company had a man who whacked him with a rifle butt.

  8. Graybeard says:

    I’m glad for Chief Gallagher.

    I’m sorry he had to go through what he went through. Even if he is/was an adz-hole in A-stan from time to time. I have no knowledge of what went on with the SF guys, and maybe he needed a little ball busting, but the JAGs here need a lotta ball busting, IMHO.

  9. Stacy0311 says:

    The CAAF is going to hear Bergdahl’s appeal alleging unlawful command influence in his court martial

    • Fyrfighter says:

      Yep, there definitely was Unlawful Command Influence in the Bergdahl case… BEFORE Trump was the President… That sickening show that 0 put in in the rose garden, with the traitors father saying a prayer in arabic without a doubt fits that definition!

  10. Sapper3307 says:

    Rumer has it the NAVY wants remove his Trident as a final FU.

  11. Mason says:

    Cue to Leftist outrage that he’s supporting and encouraging war criminals.

    I completely agree with what he’s doing. In time for Veterans’ Day is nice, but from a political standpoint he should have waited until after the election.

  12. STGCS Ret says:

    I have stood by the CHIEF from day 1 – Very happy POTUS stepped in and did the right thing. Can’t wait to read the book 🙂

  13. PARANAH says:

    Thank You, Mr. President!!!

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