The commander of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Lt. Gen. Francis M. Beaudette, has denied the request to reinstate retired Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn with his Special Forces tab. Golsteyn was previously pardoned by President Trump to have his tab reinstated. Senior defense officials and an administrative board are also considering whether or not to allow Golsteyn to receive a Distinguished Service Cross, which was previously approved before the investigations and 2010 death of a “suspected Taliban bomb-maker” in Afghanistan.
President Trump also decided to reinstate the rank of Navy SEAL, Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher in 2019 after he was acquitted for murder. Gallagher was, however, convicted of posing with an Islamic State corpse in Iraq.