The Article 32 hearing for one Soldier charged in the death of Pvt. Danny Chen came to a close today when the investigating officer for the hearing recommended charges be
forwarded to a court-martial.
The brigade commander will now consider whether to forward the charges to the Regional Command (South) commander for final disposition.
Staff Sgt. Blaine Dugas is charged in connection with the Oct. 3, 2011 death of Pvt. Danny Chen, an infantryman assigned to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th
Infantry Division at Combat Outpost Palace.
Chen was found in a guard tower with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The investigating officer recommended that Dugas face four counts of dereliction of duty.
Dugas is an infantryman assigned to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry
Division in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.