Despicable: After revoking his medals, Army wants to kick Special Forces Major Golsteyn out of the military

Last week we reported on the travails of U.S. Army Special Forces officer, Major Matthew Golsteyn who has had his Silver Star with Valor device revoked and his upgrade recommendation for the Distinguished Service Cross rejected.

All of this is happening because of an Army investigation that has uncovered NO substantiated charges. Even worse, we now know Major Golsteyn has had his hard-earned Special Forces tab revoked. And again, the only explanation is that he “killed” a known enemy fighter and bomb maker in Afghanistan. If you need a refresher, here is the description of his actions as a Special Forces A Team Leader that earned him the stellar recognition.

Well, my Army has reached an even greater low.

As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, “Separations proceedings were initiated against Army Major Matt Golsteyn on the same day that Congressman Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.) published an article in the Daily Beast highlighting Golsteyn’s case, according to a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The letter,which you can read here, was signed by Hunter and addressed to Secretary of the Army John McHugh, stating the investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by Golsteyn began on November 29, 2011, and concluded on November 24, 2013, with no charges being pressed.

Hunter’s original article appeared on the Daily Beast‘s website on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. The Army initiated proceedings to eject Golsteyn from the military the same day, the letter states.”

So why is it that Secretary of the Army McHugh is seeking to destroy the life of Major Gostelyn? And let me be clear, I know the entire backstory. I find it unconscionable that the Army is seeking to decimate the life of MAJ Gostelyn without any evidence — yet in a case where it has conclusive evidence, cannot decide that Bowe Bergdahl deserted his unit in combat. Yes, I sense a very political rat.

You all remember the Army withholding exculpatory evidence in the cases of Army 1LT Michael Behenna and 1LT Clint Lorance? Rep. Hunter’s letter raises some interesting questions for Secretary McHugh, “about whether Golsteyn was offered appropriate due process in response to the decision to revoke his Silver Star made late last year, noting that, “denial of [Golsteyn’s] appeal appears not to have been reviewed by the appropriate authority–underscored by the fact that Matt was notified of his record change via a system generated e-mail on January 8, 2015.”

“Hunter goes on to ask McHugh to confirm that the appeal was reviewed by the appropriate authority and was not influenced by McHugh’s office. The letter also suggested that there had been “questionable actions” on the part of investigators during the course of the inquiry into Golsteyn, and offers to share information regarding those actions with McHugh’s office.”

What I find horribly disturbing about this episode is the coercion and offer of immunity to Golsteyn’s team members while there has been nothing to indict MAJ Golsteyn.

So without any firm evidence to initiate criminal charges, Golsteyn has faced exclusively administrative actions that offer little chance for self-defense, including the initiation of proceedings to eject him from the Army after thirteen years of service.

In other words, someone has made the unilateral decision to slowly bleed US Army Special Forces Major Matthew Golsteyn to death. The question is who is directing these punitive administration actions against this combat veteran Soldier? How can Matt defend himself against an enemy that is unseen, and attacks him from the back? I can’t think of anything more despicable than a nation which attacks one of its own.

Who cares about a dead Islamist terrorist? What we better care about is who will step up to defend this nation if this is how they are treated? Secretary McHugh, just think of the message YOU are sending — if you stand, fight, and kill the enemy you will be imprisoned or professionally destroyed by the Army. However, if you abandon your post, desert, and flee before the enemy you will be sheltered and rewarded.

Sir, when did our Army become so upside down? I think you need to explain yourself to the American people. If it is the Obama administration conducting undue command influence in these cases, tell us.

However, Secretary McHugh, if you and Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno remain silent, you will be considered complicit. The best course of action? Restore Major Golsteyn’s Special Forces tab, reinstate his Silver Star with Valor device, upgrade his actions to the Distinguished Service Cross, and cease any separation proceedings against this Soldier.

The American people are getting tired of this, and more parents are unwilling to submit their sons and daughters to this insanity.

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yennikcm
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wow, Moslem Brohood embedded in high places of the DOD….

Jan
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I worked many years as a civilian for the Marine Corps but mostly with the Army. I am sick and tired of the way obama and his no good cronies (that never spent a day in OUR military) are treating our active duty soldiers….What was done to LtCol West and what is being done to the SF Major is atrocious. It is time our military is left to fight the battle against obama’s muslim brotherhood and his islamic terrorists. GET OBAMA OUT OF OUR WHITE HOUSE and put our country back on the right path…….Let OUR military (not obama’s) DEFEND… Read more »
Kent2012
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looks like unkie ruckie is a kenyan boyo supporter…does not realize that the actions of the african pretender have a dear price to pay for all Americans, without regard to their color, creed, or political affiliation….the commies have had a long “day” in DC since the 1930s….this clown from africa is a crowning(sic) achievement….all hail the parasite prince….

Uncle Ruckus
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What was done to mr west? Mr West did it to himself!!!! He lost his cool and paid the price for it!!

John Mccord
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B.S. from 12 yr veteran. The Col. did what was required in war time for himself and his troops. You people that sit and let others fight your wars should quit giving your opinion about the way things should happen.I think you are blinded by your home boy in the W.H.

Uncle Ruckus
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Lets review the facts….West let his men beat the prisoner for about a hour to get him to talk (not allowed) West said he lost his cool (not allowed) west fired a gun next to the prisoners head (not allowed). Leaders are trained to LEAD!!!!

John Mccord
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Very interesting.However ,every thing but West firing the gun,I did not see in the story.The original story.

Uncle Ruckus
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As a 23 year vet I know what u said is crap….you are not released of command because you did what was required….that happens when u violate the ucmj

John Mccord
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The way it used to be. This middle east thing is a whole new ball game.

Uncle Ruckus
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Obama will get out of the WHITE HOUSE January, 2017!!

2SUTHRN
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As a troop heading to Afghanistan, we’re more concerned about the Rules of Engagement and being thrown under the bus by military brass and politicians than the combat itself. We’re being forced to decide whether coming back alive is more important than our careers and being thrown under the bus. Welcome back to Vietnam, ladies and gentlemen. We care more about publicity and collateral damage than the lives our servicemen and women.

CheetoBuster
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I feel sorry for all our military that have to work under the Islamist Apologist In Chief.

michael hamilton
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There is no such thing as a Silver Star with Valor device.

Barbara Johnson
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Silver Star with Combat V

got2befree
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Nice catch Michael. No there isn’t… only for the Bronze Star.

Paul Sheridan
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And the ARCOM

got2befree
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No you cannot wear a V device on an ARCOM.

Paul Sheridan
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got2befree
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I stand corrected. In my 20+ year career with much of my time spent at Fort Bragg, I never saw anyone awarded an ARCOM with a V device. Careerists have enough ARCOMs that there is no room for a V device on the same ribbon! It’s interesting to learn what the conditions for awarding one are.

Paul Sheridan
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In my experience the ARCOM with V is like the fragmentation damage from a Bronze Star. The guy who did the cool thing gets the Bronze Star and everyone within 5 meters of him gets the ARCOM with V 🙂
What did you do at Bragg?

Rena
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Mr West… you asked “who is willing to fight if this is the way they are treated”… I think that is their intention…. they want to make it look as bad as it is getting to dissuade people from joining the military… how better to destroy our military than to make it something that is not considered an honour…

Travis Denver Saddlebags
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Travis Denver Saddlebags

When will this finally stop, when is the end to the cowardice in our highest ranks of Government gonna end.. where is a leader with GUTS!!!.. I want my country back!!

Bluequest53
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Ya want it back..Ya march on Washington by the truckloads..I seen some guys from overseas who were wondering where are the Americans we all knew at one time..I told him well they ain’t marching on Washington and sadly enough neither am I- I wrote my congressman and told him we gave them red, all the red they could possibly need so why isn’t anyone on the hill using that. We gave you red to control a president that is way out of bounds yet there he sits on his throne !

Steve MacMillan
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A slow bleed.

Paul Sheridan
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Without getting into tinfoil-hat theories (eg. Obama is kicking out all the officers who won’t fire on Americans or whatever) does anyone have any idea what this guy did to get this kind of treatment? I don’t agree with Allen that his awards should be reinstated and I don’t necessarily agree that he should be kicked out. I just don’t understand what he did that apparently doesn’t merit a court martial but does merit revoking his awards, his SF tab and shoving him out the back door. As far as I can tell there’s only two real possibilities 1) He’s… Read more »
liberalssuck
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Did you read the linked material. The point is charges were made but can not be found as factual. So the Army is doing an administrative decision and he has no recourse. That is a issue.

Paul Sheridan
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I read it. What I’m saying is that usually when charges like that are made and can’t be proven then the matter is dropped. Somebody really, really, really wants this guy gone and I’m interested in why that’s the case.

liberalssuck
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That is a very good question and why Mr. West penned what he did.

Paul Sheridan
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I don’t think so. Allen isn’t really interested in what happened. He just wants this guy to get his medals and SF tab back. I would like to know what he did.

liberalssuck
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Then you truly did not read or understand what is happening. No charges, he is being rail roaded, yet no answer from the Army nor sec of defense. Again you even said it, usually no proof ,it is dropped yet he is being administratively being rail roaded. No answer from anyone and this guy has no recourse..
Me thinks you dislike Mr. West so it is affecting your judgment. Again no charges as there is no proof, yet the Major has had everything stripped including his sf tab which you earn. It is not given.

Paul Sheridan
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You’re not understanding me. I get that he’s getting railroaded. What I don’t understand is why they’re so desperate to get rid of him. Again there are two possiblities that I see: 1) He didn’t do anything substantially wrong but he has made powerful enemies including the Secretary of the Army. Additionally those enemies want him out badly enough that they’re willing to do it this way and take the heat in the conservative media instead of something more subtle ie. passed over for promotion, given crappy assignments until he quits on his own etc. 2) He has done something… Read more »
liberalssuck
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You get it. I can not find what he is being rail roaded for. I see no reason for what is happening to him. Also it is being done administrated , so that means a grudge by higher ups. Someone above him has a hard on for this guy.

Stacey Vess
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Good evening Mr. West and everyone else. Their is irrevocable proof on u-tube documents, Emporer Obama Speeches, and other documents that shows he is a Muslim. How can no one at Fox or any where else not see this and run the story? Fox and Jerasulam Dateline News are really the only news I watch and actually Jerasulam Dateline News has more up to date news when it comes to ISIS, our govt., other countries updates. Ponder this: Why does Obama meet only with Muslims, take up for them, put Christians and Jews down, does everything he can to take… Read more »
dhd123
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I can’t think of anything more despicable than a nation which attacks one of its own.

Kill the enemy, go to jail, this is pure idiocy! As a veteran, this just p*%*(^ me off!

palehorse58
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How long do we have to suffer this buffoon in the White house. God help us. I have never in my 74 years on this planet seen so many travesties propagated by this administration.

Don Alfera
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wow, this is like the looney bin of paranoid side show freaks. I must admit, this is almost as good as a comedy show, except to know that some are even gullible enough to believe this diatribe that just runs out of the minds just like drizzly wet poop from a baby’s butt. With just as much of a smell and usefulness.

Picobill
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Someone call the Conductor.. Seems the powers that be are determined to RAILROAD the Major. A suspected violation of the Rules of Engagement while performing a Special Forces Op? Someone please please tell me what the heck that means? Is this like Maverick getting booted from Top Gun school for flying too low? If the Major violated the Geneva Convention, then good fine bring charges Court Martial him and revoke his honors.. Otherwise leave the Soldier alone, give him back his Silver Star and get the Secretaries and Senators that aren’t dodging machine gun fire out of the matter.