Alabama National Guardsman charged after aborting unplanned mission
GHAZNI, Afghanistan — An Alabama National Guard lieutenant is facing legal action after he aborted a botched mission, sources confirmed today.
1st Lt. Casey Wade attempted to penetrate a Taliban stronghold, but chose to abort the mission when his unprotected platoon took heavy enemy fire. After-action reports revealed the mission was totally unplanned and lacked critical material and emotional support from Wade's chain of command.
Wade is alleged to have violated an Alabama National Guard policy that prohibits all abortions except on missions that pose a significant risk to the career of a colonel or higher.
"Clearly Wade wasn't ready for this commitment, but he made his choice to go in, and he needed to see it through," said Wade's commander, Capt. Ted Shapiro. "Wade is an abomination, and should be thrown out of the Army immediately."
Wade's legal team sees the matter in a very different light. "They were only six weeks into a nine-month deployment, and didn't even know that area was impregnable," said Wade's lawyer, Capt. Ashlynn Torgelson. "Wade was the ground commander, so that mission was his baby. His mission, his choice."
Local Afghans were also supportive of Wade's choice to abort.
"Last week, one of their bombs hit our universal preschool. These Alabamans are a bunch of baby killers," a tribal elder told reporters.
If convicted, Wade could be forced to serve up to 99 years in the Alabama National Guard.