In an effort to get answers regarding the case of Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin, the Army Soldier-aviator facing a possible 58-year prison sentence if found guilty next month on sexual assault charges, I contacted Maj. Gen. Mark R. Stammer, the one-time acting commanding general at Fort Campbell, Ky., who is responsible for the decision to prosecute the Army Ranger, master Army aviator and veteran of three combat tours in Iraq.
At 9:41 a.m. Central today, I sent an email message to now-Major General Stammer who now lives in the East African nation of Djibouti and serves as commander of Africa Command‘s Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. The text of my message, sent to him via Africom.firstname.lastname@example.org and in care of the CJTF-HOA Public Affairs Office, appears below:
Please Forward to Maj. Gen. Mark R. Stammer:
Dear General Stammer:
In light of the three circumstances highlighted below, I have some questions regarding the upcoming court-martial of Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin:
First, Army counter-intelligence investigators cleared Major Martin of any wrongdoing related to allegations he stole a laptop that had been out of the Army inventory for 7 years, he had mishandled classified information on CDs, and he passed classified information to foreign agents;
Second, officials with the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services had issued a finding almost 18 months earlier that all allegations of child abuse and/or neglect against Major Martin were unsubstantiated, recommended no action be taken against Major Martin; and
Third, government officials in the states of Kentucky and Tennessee have filed bigamy charges against the woman who brought forward the allegations against Major Martin which are, coincidentally, almost identical to allegations she had brought years early against the man who fathered two of her three children.
Now, the questions:
1) Why did you elect to pursue prosecution of Major Martin after the Article 32 investigating officer recommended no action be taken against him?
2) Why did you elect to pursue prosecution of Major Martin after LTC Robert Insani, your staff judge advocate, recommended he be allowed to resign?
3) Perhaps realizing you overlooked, or were not made aware of, the three circumstances highlighted above, would you consider recommending the charges against Major Martin be dismissed? If not, why?
Due to the fact that the court-martial for Major Martin is scheduled to begin Oct. 12, 2015, I request you reply within 48 hours or explain to me why that is not possible.
Bob McCarty, Investigative Journalist & Author
Do I expect General Stammer, the man I’m told many Soldiers refer to as “Stammer the Hammer,” to reply in a timely fashion to my inquiry? Not really. He might, however, respond more quickly if he receives a lot of inquiries. Therefore, I offer the contact information below in hopes that readers of this article and the related stories about Major Martin’s case will reach out to the general:
CJTF-HOA Public Affairs Office
Phone: +253 21-359-523
In addition to contacting General Stammer, I encourage you to reach out to the individuals listed below and demand an immediate review of this case and/or that the charges against Major Martin be dropped immediately:
Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky
c/o 101st Airborne Division
Bldg. 2700, Indiana Avenue
Fort Campbell, KY 42223
Mr. Jon T. Rymer
U. S. Department of Defense
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1500
John M. McHugh
Secretary of the Army
1400 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1400
General Mark A. Milley
Chief of Staff, United States Army
1400 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1400
Senator Mitch McConnell
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Please share this news and stay tuned for updates about this case as it moves forward!
UPDATE 9/09/2015 at 9:49 a.m. Central: Twenty-four hours has passed without a reply from General Stammer. Stay tuned for more updates.
UPDATE 9/10/2015 at 8:56 a.m. Central: Forty-eight hours and a few minutes ago, I received a predictable reply from General Stammer’s spokesperson in Africa:
Good morning. We received your message and can provide the following statement for your use, which you can attribute to me:
“It is inappropriate for anyone who had a role in the review process of this case to comment during the current ongoing Courts-Martial. Thus, Major General Stammer cannot comment at this time.”
Have a nice day.
BRUS E. VIDAL, Lt Col, USAF
Director, Public Affairs
Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa
DSN (311) 824-5387
Since this article was published, the date for Major Martin’s trial was changed to Dec. 1, 2015.
UPDATE 12/7/2015 at 8:28 a.m. Central: A military judge continued the military trial date for Army Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin to sometime in March 2016, though no specific date has been set.
UPDATE 12/10/2015 at 11:16 a.m. Central: I’ve learned that Major Martin’s military trial date is set for March 14-18, 2016.
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