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File #: 150918    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 11/19/2015 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/3/2015
Title: Urging the United States Congress to investigate the involuntary discharge of SFC Charles Martland from the United States Army and urging that he be retained in the military.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Goode, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Tasco, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez
Attachments: 1. Resoultion No. 15091800.pdf, 2. Signature15091800.pdf
Title
Urging the United States Congress to investigate the involuntary discharge of SFC Charles Martland from the United States Army and urging that he be retained in the military.

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WHEREAS, In September 2011, SFC Charles Martland, was serving in Afghanistan's war-torn Kunduz province. He was a member of a U.S. Army Special Forces, A-Team (commonly referred to as Green Berets) that was tasked with establishing a new local police force with the support of local Afghan tribal leaders; and

WHEREAS, SFC Martland and his Team Commander, CPT Dan Quinn, were approached by a local mother and her child who was limping. She told them that the local Afghan police commander, Abdual Rahman, who was trained and supported by their team, had kept the 12-year-old boy as a sex slave. Abdual Rahman kidnapped the boy and kept him tied to a post in his house where he was brutally raped by Rahman for over ten days; and

WHEREAS, The boy's mother desperately sought the release of her son. Abdual Rahman beat her for complaining to the authorities; and

WHEREAS, CPT Quinn and SFC Martland questioned Abdual Rahman about the matter and he responded by laughing and saying it was not an important matter. CPT Quinn picked up Abdual Rahman and body-slammed him to the ground; SFC Martland followed up with a kick; and

WHEREAS, CPT Quinn was immediately relieved of his command. He has since left the military. SFC Martland was placed under the Army's Qualitative Management Program, a process that can be triggered by derogatory information on their record, which aids in weeding out less desirable soldiers, leaving a black mark on their record; and

WHEREAS, As a result, SFC Martland, an 11-year, combat decorated Special Forces NCO, was to be discharged from the Army by November 1st. Martland appealed the decision but the U.S. Army Human Resources Command told Martland that his case "did not meet the criteria" for the appeal; and

WHEREAS, As CPT Quinn stated in an int...

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