Stuart Scheller Wiki – Stuart Scheller Biography
Stuart Scheller is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was relieved from duty after sharing a video on Facebook criticizing military leadership for their handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
“I can’t possibly respond to the overwhelming response,” Scheller wrote on his Facebook page after his dismissal. You can watch his video later in this article. It’s gone viral, and it’s led to a flood of support on social media for him as the country reels from the deaths of 13 Marines and service members in Kabul.
His age is unclear.
Scheller started his video with the caption, “To the American leadership. Very Respectfully, US.”
He started by explaining his experience. He served in Marine infantry for 17 years. He was the battalion commander with the advanced infantry training battalion at the time of the video. Scheller recorded his video just as news broke about the explosion in Kabul.
“One of those people who was killed was someone I had a personal relationship with,” he said. He did not go into additional details about that. I’m not making this video because it’s potentially an emotional time. I’m making it because I have a growing discontent and contempt for…perceived ineptitude at the foreign policy level, and I want to ask some questions to some of my senior leaders specifically.”
“I feel like I have a lot to lose,” he said, adding that he thought through “what might happen to me…if I dared to post it. But I think what you believe in can only be defined by what you’re willing to risk.”
“I have been fighting for 17 years,” said Scheller. “I am willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders: ‘I demand accountability.’”
According to his bio, “LtCol Stuart P. Scheller graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor in accounting. He began Officer Candidate School in January 2005. After completing Officer Candidate School, The Basic School, and Infantry Officer Course, he checked into 1st Battalion, 8th Marines in December 2005.”
According to his Facebook page, Scheller “studied Military Sciences at Marine Corps University” and “studied Accounting at UC Lindner College of Business.” He went to Anderson High School and lived in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
He wrote on Facebook earlier in August, “To every school teacher who told me violence was never the answer… I wish you were teaching in Afghanistan right now to see the depth of your misguided worldview.”
“After checking into 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, and assuming the duty of platoon commander, LtCol Scheller conducted a deployment on the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He participated in the Non-Combatant Evacuation of American citizens out of Beirut during the 2006 Israeli/Lebanese conflict.
Then the following year, he was assigned the role of Alpha Company Executive Officer and deployed to Ramadi, Iraq. Of note, during that time, the infantry companies moved to a four infantry platoon construct, so LtCol Scheller, in addition to his Company Executive Officer duties, was also the Fire Support leader and also served in this capacity during a Mojave Viper and the Ramadi deployment.”
Support on Social Media
Scheller’s video has received hundreds of comments and many shares as it’s started to go viral on social media. “This is what happens when you speak the truth! You knew what would happen to go into this, but you dared to do the right thing and stick to our Corps Values! Semper Fi” wrote one person on his Facebook comment thread.
Here are some of those comments:
“Honored and proud of you for saying what needed to be said. The cost of incompetence is permanent for those young men.”
“You threw it on the line, and if the big government takes it away. Many service members/veterans are willing to give. We have your back financially and any other way.”