Michael New - Mercenary... or American Soldier
|"SIR, I WILL NOT OBEY THAT ORDER."|
20 Years Ago Today
On 10 October 1995, some 550 American soldiers reported to formation on the parade ground of the US military base in Schweinfurt, Germany. 549 of them were wearing baby-blue caps showing that their allegiance had been transferred to the United Nations, and that they were, for the next six months, in the employ and under the command of a Finnish general officer, to be serving in a U.N. deployment into Macedonia.
One soldier was wearing the olive-drab green cap that was the authorized cover for the Battle Dress Uniform.
On October 10, 1995, the 1/15 Battalion of the 3rd infantry Division of the U.S. Army came to attention at 0900 in Schweinfurt, Germany. All but one of the 550 soldiers were wearing a sky-blue baseball-style cap with a United Nations insignia on the front. One was wearing the olive-drab flat cap that is authorized to be worn with the Battle Dress Uniform. With this simple act of disobeying a direct order, Spc. 4 Michael New set the stage for a legal battle that has profound implications for the future of American soldiers into service of the United Nations without the constitutional permission of Congress.
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