Army lieutenant who questioned COVID jab faces court martial for rejecting mask, testing rules – LifeSite

ABERDEEN, Maryland (LifeSiteNews) – The former headquarters company commander at the Army Public Health Center (APHC) is facing court martial starting this week for allegedly violating the U.S. military’s COVID-19 protocols at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

WBFF reports that the trial for 1st Lieutenant Mark Bashaw begins Friday over allegations that he failed to wear a mask indoors at the base, to which he reported and where he remained despite not submitting to a COVID-19 test. 

The Army Times adds that he specifically faces charges of “failure to obey lawful orders.” Bashaw had reportedly been ordered to telework instead of show up in person, because he is unvaccinated. Army spokeswoman Col. Cathy Wilkinson confirmed the lieutenant is the first U.S. service member to be court-martialed for such acts, rather than merely disciplined.