After a career in the Army, little surprises Col. Christopher Nyland, garrison commander at Fort George G. Meade.
He knows that there are members of the Army and the military as a whole that express extremist behaviors. That was only reinforced by the training he underwent and led regarding extremism in the military.
“I would challenge you to find any group of 3 million people that didn’t have some members in their ranks that didn’t have some of those beliefs… So that was about overcoming the ‘we don’t have a problem,’” Nyland said.
“And I think no one in the room was surprised, at least in the group that I led or the group that I participated in, that that kind of behavior was unacceptable.”
In February, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin authorized every Department of Defense unit to take a one-day stand down in order to train on extremism. The stand-down was in response to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. An NPR report found that at least 20% of those charged had or were currently serving in the military.