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’
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.