Today, in my continuing effort to expose the injustice surrounding the prosecution of Army Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin, I share the text of a letter written by Juliet Andes, a sister of the Army Ranger and attack helicopter pilot who stands falsely accused of sexual assault and other crimes by the woman he long considered his “legal” wife. Why do I share this letter now? Because Major Martin is set to go on trial
Oct. 12 Dec. 1 inside a military courtroom at Fort Campbell, Ky., unless the effort can be shut down before it begins.
Dated June 19, 2014, the letter was sent to then-Brig. Gen. Mark R. Stammer, the man who was serving as acting commanding general and senior officer at the post that’s home of the vaunted 101st Airborne Division, before he received a promotion to major general and assumed command of Africa Command’s Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier in the East African nation of Djibouti.
Why did the North Carolina woman send the letter to General Stammer? Because he’s the man who appears to have completely ignored the findings of multiple military and civilian agency investigations before deciding to press forward with the prosecution of Major Martin.
And why did General Stammer ignore those findings and opt for prosecution? One can only suspect General Stammer’s decision resulted from his desires: (1) to satisfy his superiors at the Pentagon who are under intense political pressure to prosecute any and all sexual assault allegations, regardless of any facts that surface; and (2) to earn a coveted second star.
The text of the letter from Major Martin’s sister to General Stammer appears below:
Dear General Stammer,
First, thank you for taking time to read this letter. I am writing to you as a mother, a daughter and a sister. I will try to keep it brief to respect your time, as I know you are a very busy man. I would like to begin by thanking you for your faithful and selfless service to our country, and for being a man committed to family values and doing the right thing. As a very busy working mother of 3 small children under the age of 6, I appreciate what it takes to command and lead, although my “army” is much smaller than yours. I am writing you in regards to my brother, Maj. Christian Martin. He is one of your men, a decorated veteran and also a man of strong faith and family values. He has served this country and your Army honorably. He is also in very big trouble. Perhaps my brother’s biggest fault is one of the things that make him a great soldier. He is a rescuer.
Several years ago, against strong reservations from our family, my brother met a woman online who told him she was a victim of abuse and he instantly came to her aid. He found her and her 3 children a safe place to live and married her a short time later (The marriage was just nullified by a Court of law as she was still married to her previous spouse). To make a long story short and spare you the gory details, years later my brother had finally had enough and asked for a divorce. The first words of of this woman’s mouth were “I’m going to ruin your career” and she has succeeded. My brother now finds himself facing a court marshal for a slew of disgusting charges that sicken me, as a mother, to even name. This woman, who hasn’t worked since she met my brother, has no integrity and was reprimanded in a civilian court for coaching her children to lie, is now not only victimizing my brother, but my family, my children (who adore their Uncle) and my aging parents. My brother has passed every test the Army has given him concerning these charges with flying colors, please; I beg of you, give him five minutes of your time to just hear his side of the story. The facts of the case speak for themselves, he has been found innocent on all charges in a civilian court of law. This has been going on for over two years and he needs help. Please stand by your soldier, give him the benefit of the doubt and give him a chance to defend his name and his honor when he’s spent so many years of his life defending ours.
I will end on a personal note if I can. We come from a long line of public servants; our father is a Vietnam veteran with 30 years of service, my sister a retired nurse in the Air Force. My twin sister and I are both local government employees who try to make a positive difference in this world. We are proud people of service and integrity. This woman has lied to my family about everything from having cancer (my parents are both cancer survivors) to being the first woman to climb Mt. Hood. She is not well. I worry for her children, whom my family loved as our own. The charges she has made to the military are vulgar and baseless and they are also very serious. As a mother and a woman, I am perhaps most offended by her abuse of the system. There are real women and children who experience this kind of unthinkable abuse everyday and taking that pain and cheapening it by using it in an untruthful way to exact revenge is the work of a very sick and disturbed person.
I appreciate your time and your commitment to your men, your Army and family. All I’m asking for is a voice for my brother. The facts will speak for themselves. I sincerely hope this letter lands on your desk and not in the waste bin. I feel helpless, frustrated, sad and scared. I want to raise my children in a just world, where their superheroes do save the day. Please, give my brother a chance to defend himself and make that happen.
“We’re going to focus on taking care of our people….” — Fort Campbell Courier, March, 2013.
Sincerely and respectfully,
To learn more about this case, read my Sept. 4 piece, Army Soldier-Aviator Faces Possible 58-Year Sentence As Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Witch Hunt Seeks New Victim, and the other follow-up pieces I’ve written and published.
If, after reading about Major Martin’s case and watching the related videos, you find yourself in a state of disbelief or, perhaps, anger, I encourage you to channel those feelings by contacting any of the individuals listed below:
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
Senator Lamar Alexander
455 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Senator Bob Corker
425 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Thanks in advance for getting involved and for sharing this news and updates about the case as it moves forward!
UPDATE 9/17/2015 at 12:22 p.m. Central: Moments ago, I obtained a copy of General Stammer’s brief and cold reply to Ms. Andes’ letter. The text of that reply appears below:
Thank you very much for your letter and your heartfelt concern for your brother, Major Martin. i can assure you that he will get full due process under the law and he will be ably assisted by his defense counsel. Feel free to contact either his civilian or military defense counsel: Mrs. Katherine Demps at [phone # and email address redacted], or CPT J Hunter Whyte at [phone # and email address redacted]. Either one will be happy to provide the details on the court-martial process and how you can assist.
This article was updated to reflect a change in the trial date.
UPDATE 12/7/2015 at 8:26 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 11:14 a.m. Central: I’ve learned that Major Martin’s military trial date is set for March 14-18, 2016.
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