Master Sergeant John “Jay” Hasenbein gets dressed for trial in his Army dress uniform, shiny, with more medals than most can imagine, his combat Infantryman’s Badge squeezed in near the top of his shoulder. MSG Hasenbein and his family come to the Fort Campbell, KY gate, and are treated like criminals. They and his vehicle are searched diligently.

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) John Haake, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group Commander, convinced the Campbell Police Chief to put MSG Hasenbein on the BOLO list behind his chain of command’s back without meeting any of the four criteria required. The Judge took note and informed the prosecutor of his illegal actions. LTC Haake’s lawyer convinced the Police Chief that MSG Hasenbein was a threat to him, his family, and the installation. He also had a Violent Person File (VPF) made on MSG Hasenbein. The BOLO could take MSG Hasenbein years to lift.

LTC Haake attempted to have MSG Hasenbein put into pretrial confinement, never informing the Group Commander. Haake was scared of retributions against himself and wanted MSG Hasenbein to be locked away. He further lied in his statement to the Provost Marshall about his time working with MSG Hasenbein. He claimed to have worked with MSG Hasenbein from 2007 until 2010; however, he never worked with MSG Hasenbein after 2007.

In a courtroom full of public witnesses, the combat-proven Special Forces Green Beret with 15 years of ODA time enters the courtroom. The Prosecution challenges the Judge over the article written by SOFREP but to no avail.  Every one of the witnesses shown by the Prosecution is immediately challenged and torn apart by MSG Hasenbein’s lawyer. All witnesses presented by the Defense benefitted MSG Hasenbein’s case even more. In a phone interview with SOFREP, a witness at the trial described it as, “very favorable towards MSG Hasenbein [and] I don’t know how anyone would convict him.”