Afghanistan Shooting Suspect to Meet with Attorney

Then-Capt. Brent Clemmer said Staff Sgt. Robert Bales distinguished himself as a team leader in Clemmer's C Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment during the Battle of Zarqa, Iraq. The faces of the rest of Bales' squad have been obscured.PHOTO COURTESY OF MAJ. BRENT CLEMMER.

Formal charges in the killing of 16 Afghan civilians are expected within a against Army Sgt. Robert Bales while he is set for his first face-to-face meeting Monday with his civilian Seattle attorney John Henry Browne according to the Associated Press.

A Mixed Record and Florida Connection

A check of Bales’ background shows that he has had several commendations for good conduct during his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet AP reports he also was facing financial problems:

… in recent years: a Florida investment job went sour, his Seattle-area home was condemned as he struggled to make payments on another, and he failed to get a recent promotion.

You can read to full Associated Press article HERE.

‘Always Positive with the Biggest Grin’

According to an interview with NPR Maj. Brent Clemmer, then captain, served with Bales in Iraq.

He (Clemmer) recalls Bales as “a really good” non-commissioned officer and “one of those guys who was always positive.” He underscores that point with a snapshot of Bales’ unit. In a group of soldiers posed around a Stryker vehicle, Bales is the guy in the middle with the biggest grin.

You can read NPR’s profile of  Sgt. Bales HERE.

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  1. Reblogged this on Taking On A Cause by Patsy McCaw-Yager,Englewood, Fl. and commented:
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