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It’s official: Sgt. Gary Stein will leave the Marines over Facebook post

 

Sgt. Gary Stein, the “Armed Forces Tea Party” Facebook page creator who was recommended for separation from the Marine Corps earlier this month, has now gotten the official word: he’s out.

 

“The Commanding General for Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego has reviewed the findings and recommendations of the administrative separation board regarding the misconduct of Sgt Gary Stein,” Marine spokesman Capt. Gregory Wolf said in an email. “The Commanding General found that the board was conducted in accordance with law and regulation, that the findings of misconduct were supported by the evidence of record, and thus has approved the board’s recommendation that Sgt Stein be separated from the Marine Corps with an “other than honorable” discharge.”

 

The “other than honorable” discharge entails an automatic reduction in rank to E-3, Wolf said, which means that Stein will be demoted two paygrades upon separation.

 

Stein’s supporters through this battle have included Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and lawyers for the ACLU and U.S. Justice Foundation, who have argued that Stein was within his rights to comment as an individual on a Facebook page, even when those comments included criticism of the president.

 

I’ve left a message for Stein and look forward to hearing about his future plans…something tells me that his bold stance on this issue will catapult him to conservative celebrity status as his military career ends.

 

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope‚??s email is HHodge@eaglepub.com

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