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Congressman pushes Army Regarding Revoked Green Beret's Silver Star PDF Print E-mail

The Army, citing an investigation but little else, has revoked a Green Beret's Silver Star and rescinded a previous decision to upgrade his award to the Distinguished Service Cross. The service also stripped the officer's Special Forces tab.

While the Army has remained mum on details of the allegation against Maj. Matt Golsteyn, Rep. Duncan Hunter claims the Army could not find one piece of corroborating evidence after a year-and-a-half-long investigation. He also said, in an article published by The Daily Beast, that Golsteyn's men have been threatened and repeatedly promised immunity in order to get them to incriminate the officer, to no avail.

In Februrary 2010, Forward Operating Base McQueary in Marjah, Afghanistan, came under attack. Then-Capt. Golsteyn ran alone through an open field and enemy gunfire as dozens of coalition soldiers were pinned down, according to the Army's account, as relayed by the Washington Post.

After receiving a Silver Star for his actions in 2011, he was later nominated for an upgrade to a DSC.

Golsteyn was subsequently investigated in the unrelated death of an Afghan bomb-maker, according to Hunter's editorial.

"The allegation was presented through informal channels to the Army, which went to extraordinary lengths to investigate Golsteyn. The Army tried to turn up anything it could, but was unable to find one piece of evidence to corroborate the allegation," Hunter wrote.

The Army has not cited what particular rules of engagement Golsteyn broke, or even publicly confirmed the accusation. No charges have been filed against Golsteyn. Golsteyn's attorney Phil Stackhouse told Army Times Golsteyn is not available for an interview.

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