Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones Jr. (NC-3) applauded the United States Marine Corps for publicly exonerating the members of Marine Special Operations Company Foxtrot who were wrongfully accused of murdering innocent civilians in the Bati Kot district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province in March of 2007. That narrative was spread throughout the media as a result of a rush to judgment by several military leaders who were directly responsible for the expulsion of Fox Company from Afghanistan. This rush to judgment occurred without sufficient evidence, as later proven during a court of inquiry (COI). For 10 years Congressman Jones has been working with the Marines of Fox Company, MARSOC 7 as they are called, to get their names cleared.
SOFREP has covered this story extensively over the past few years. You can read the full series here:
- The untold story of the leadership that failed MARSOC Fox Company (Part 1)
- The untold story of the leadership that failed MARSOC Fox Company (Part 2)
- Covert corruption in ‘MARSOC 7’ command investigation (Part 3)
- Extreme Prejudice: Unethical conduct by NCIS and prosecutors to convict innocent Marines (Part 4)
- The internal assassin of MARSOC Fox Company (Part 5)
- SOFREP radio Episode 198: featuring Maj Fred Galvin
- SOFREP radio Episode 206: featuring Maj Fred Galvin & LtCol Steve Morgan
In December of 2017, Congressman Jones wrote to Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller and asked him to take a fresh look at the case. The commandant reviewed the matter, responding in January with a letter exonerating Fox Company. The letter affirmed the finding of the 2008 Court of Inquiry and clearly states that the Marines “acted in accordance with the applicable operations order, the rules of engagement, and the law of armed conflict; and that the Marines’ actions on that day ‘reflected sound military judgement.'”
“These men have been to hell and back,” said Congressman Jones. “They were bravely serving their country, only to have their personal and professional lives ruined by misinformation and poor timing. I very much appreciate General Neller and his staff for taking a look at this case and reiterating that these men did nothing wrong on March 4, 2007.”
The letter also states that the commanding officer of the Wounded Warrior Regiment will follow up with these Marines to ensure they receive necessary care and support.
The military’s axiom of “trusting the man on the ground” was doubted for 11 years, even after the sworn statements of 30 Marines, Sailors, and an Afghan interpreter unanimously confirmed that no one from the patrol saw any civilians killed. This was also supported by a polygraph administered by the president of the American Polygraph Association and further validated by expert polygraphers from the Georgia and Texas Departments of Public Safety, confirming “no deception indicated” to the relevant question of “did you see any civilians killed on 4 March 2007.” This is the first time in American history where a unit commander who was on a patrol that was attacked by a suicide bomber and multiple jihadists was entirely disbelieved by the senior military leadership and allowed to be destroyed in the press year after year.
Thankfully the persistence of Major Galvin, Congressman Jones, and select media outlets paid off — MARSOC 7 can move on with their lives. After years of other top Marine Corps officials sweeping the issue under the rug, General Neller showed courage to put an end to the misinformation that had been allowed to persist for so long.