Gen. David Petraeus told U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka today that he supports the process that the Army used to review the deadly Battle of Wanat in Afghanistan.
The Army last week overruled a rebuke of three officers after an earlier investigation resulted in a recommendation to reprimand them for command failures. Nine soldiers died in the battle in eastern Afghanistan, and another 27 were wounded on July 13, 2008.
Families of those who lost loved ones, including David Brostrom, an Aiea resident and retired Army colonel whose son, 1st Lt. Jonathan Brostrom was killed, were outraged over the decision.
Akaka, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, questioned Petraeus at his confirmation hearing to be commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
“This is like any process where was an initial finding, then we re-investigated another finding, and then again a final review,” Petraeus said. “We discussed that, I respect (General “Hondo” Campbell’s) view in this particular case, I support the process, but I did not change the finding that I affirmed after the investigating officers provided it to me. But again, I support this particular process.”