Army Capt. Chris Alexander
March 28, 2012 by staff
Army Capt. Chris Alexander, A former platoon leader for the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians says the allegations are “100 percent out of character” for the man, whom he described as a model soldier who has saved other soldiers’ lives.
Army Capt. Chris Alexander said Robert Bales worked as a stock trader before the Sept. 11 attacks motivated him to enlist in the Army. “I’ve always admired him for that – he had a good thing going, and he dropped it to serve his country,” Alexander said Saturday in a phone interview.
Bales enlisted about two months after 9/11 and had served with the 3rd Stryker Brigade based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord since Sept 11, 2002.
He became a staff sergeant in April 2008, following his second deployment in Iraq. He went to Iraq one more time before his fourth deployment, to Afghanistan.
Alexander, 32, spent three years as Bales’ platoon leader, including during Bales’ second deployment to Iraq. He described Bales as “one of the best guys I ever worked with.”
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