Army general denies request to reinstate elite patch to soldier pardoned by Trump

The Army’s top Special Forces commander denied a request from former Maj. Mathew Golsteyn to restore his Special Forces Tab after he was accused of premeditated murder of an Afghan civilian.

Golsteyn was pardoned by President Trump of war crimes in November. Golsteyn was accused of killing an unarmed Afghan suspected of being a Taliban bomb-maker in 2010.

Lt. Gen. Francis Beaudette, the commander of the Army Special Operations Command, denied Golsteyn’s request to reinstate his Special Forces Tab last month.

“On Dec. 3, 2019, following a thorough review, the Commander of the Army
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