Maj. Alexander Lazatin was asked if he would have reacted the same way after a known bomb maker was released. Golsteyn is alleged to have have killed the Afghan man, who has been identified as a bomb maker, according to testimony from a Board of Inquiry this week.
"One thing's for sure," Lazatin said, "I would never question another leader on the ground, especially an SF guy."
Golsteyn has never been charged with a crime. He is accused of committing actions unbecoming of an officer and violating the law of armed conflict.
The Army has revoked Golsteyn's Special Forces tab and Silver Star, which was initially awarded to him for his actions during a battle in Marjah around the same time the bomb maker was killed. The Army also rescinded a nomination for the Distinguished Service Cross, which would have been upgraded from the Silver Star.
A three-member board is reviewing the allegations against Golsteyn to determine if they are substantiated, then decide if he should be retained or removed from service.
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