After a November report by New South Wales Supreme Court Judge and Army Reserve Major General Paul Brereton, that found “credible information” about Australian soldiers being involved in the alleged killing of civilians and prisoners in Afghanistan, the army fired 13 servicemen in connection with the four-year probe.
An Australian senior Special Forces soldier pictured drinking beer out of a killed Taliban fighter’s prosthetic leg in a bar in Afghanistan is reported to have recently lectured troops on army ethics and integrity, writes the Daily Mail.
A 50-year-old veteran of overseas deployments, Warrant Officer Class 1 John Letch, Command Sergeant Major of the Special Operations Command, voluntarily retired after a pixelated copy of the controversial photograph, believed to be showing a scene from an unofficial pub set up inside Australia’s special forces base in Tarin Kowt in 2009, was leaked at the start of the month.
New information by the outlet reveals that in the wake of the Brereton report, released in November, that investigated alleged war crimes committed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan and resulted in dismissal of at least 13 soldiers, WO1 Letch extolled the virtues of ‘good soldiering’ in the 26 November issue of the newspaper Army.
Appearing under the headline ‘Be prepared to harness leadership’ a picture shows Letch addressing commandos at a Special Forces training facility in 2019.
John Letch, who holds the Order of Australia Medal and was…