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Originally posted by cavtrooper7
The bigger the dog the harder they are hunting you.This is the same for all vets.
From March, 2006, to August, 2006, Kroon, then a lieutenant, was dispatched to the Afghan province of Uruzgan. His job, as platoon commander of the Dutch special forces unit "Viper", was to reconnoiter and to map the area so that Task Force Uruzgan could be established. In this period he distinguished himself by exceptional deeds during six extremely dangerous actions which broke out during ISAF patrols by "Viper" and a platoon of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment. One of these actions was Operation Chitag (July 13–14, 2006). During the patrol, Kroon encountered a group of Taliban fighters. In the ensuing battle, while the Dutch troops were heavily outnumbered, Kroon was forced to request air support on his own position by a Lockheed AC-130 gunship; he ordered his men to take cover and with his Forward Air Controller (FAC) guided the American air attack. At such close quarters, however, it was a harrowing experience for Kroon and his FAC. Later, his platoon was forced to take cover in an Afghan house, whence they repulsed repeated attacks during the night. No men fell under Kroon's command, but the resulting Taliban losses were severe. After the dawn, Kroon and his men emerged to retrieve intelligence from the dead Talibani to establish their identity. Kroon disciplined his men after noticing their agitation and inclination toward unprofessional behaviour (he later said that he understood the behaviour of his men but, as their leader, felt himself responsible for ensuring that the platoon acted professionally); he then ordered the wounded to be treated and the enemy dead to be covered. Kroon's superior officers later commended his leadership and ability to correct a battle-hardened group of commandoes.
In January 2010, Kroon and his girlfriend (aged 34) were named in a drugs case in The Netherlands. According to publications he was suspected of possession of drugs and of violating the gun law. A police investigation, which was sustained after two interrogations, was said to be focusing on the café named café Vinny's that he was running in the town of Den Bosch. The patrons were suspected of using coc aine in the café. The Koninklijke Marechaussee (Dutch military police) and the Public Prosecutor confirmed the suspicion. The investigations in the case started in October 2009 and in December 2009, four other suspects had been arrested. Kroon and his lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops denied all accusations and announced their own investigation. According to Kroon, he is the victim of defamation. He points out that he received several anonymous mails with threats, one of them saying: "From hero to zero".
Even if he had the brain injury he still had the gun and ammunition in his home before that which was not legal.
Originally posted by BASSPLYR
I agree the man DESERVES a royal pardon for all the work he's done for the last 17 years in the SAS serving his country and people. Seems like the dicks that court martial him were self serving and couldn't see the forrest for the trees.
Sadly this sort of thing has happened in the US too. Sometimes one wonders what needs to be changed about officers in the military. Because their poor leadership is becoming a problem. To me it seems like officers come from some entitled "boys club" thats more concerned about promotion and making rank than getting a decent job done. Oh and blaming others for when their stupid plans don't work out.
The man deserves a pardon. Geeze for all his done for the UK he deserves to be Knighted.