JONES APPLAUDS USMC ON FOX COMPANY EXONERATION

Feb 7, 2018 Issues: Armed Services

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (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 Kat district of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province in March of 2007. Congressman Jones has been working with the Marines of Fox Company to get their names cleared for the past 10 years.  Their story has been chronicled in many publications, including a five-part Marine Corps Times series

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, and in January, responded 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 full letter from Headquarters Marines Corps is attached.

For additional information, please contact Allison Tucker in Congressman Walter Jones’ office at Allison.tucker@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-3415.

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