Fort Stewart soldier relieved of leadership role after anti-Semitic ‘joke’ on TikTok

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The 3rd Infantry Division has relieved a Fort Stewart soldier of his leadership role after “making vile remarks on a social media video.”

The social media post shows 2nd Lt. Nathan Freihofer sharing anti-Semitic remarks in a TikTok video.

“Listen to this one: what’s a Jewish person’s favorite Pokémon character?” he asked, laughing, “Ash.”

“Hey if you get offended, get the f— out cuz it’s a joke,” Freihofer continued.

A few hours after Paul Szoldra reposted the video on Twitter, 3ID issued a statement saying a soldier “has been suspended of any and all leadership authorities.”

Freihofer has over 3 million followers on his TikTok account @_itsnate, which was deactivated for about two weeks when the investigation began.

He has posted dozens of videos since his account was reactivated. It doesn’t appear he addressed the anti-Semitic remarks in any of them.

In a statement to News 3, Kevin Larson, public communications chief at Fort Stewart, said a thorough investigation has been conducted into the video, and “corrective action has been taken.”

“2nd Lt. Freihofer’s online behavior and insensitive comments are not in keeping with the professional standards we expect of a soldier,” he stated.

Larson said the Army doesn’t actively monitor a soldier’s social media presence but requires them to adhere to certain policies.

“We expect soldiers to demonstrate the Army values and treat others with dignity and respect,” he stated. “You are a soldier online and in person, 24/7.”

Larson added: “Any further actions on the matter are under review.”

Freihofer was commissioned into the Army in June 2019 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Northern Kentucky University.

He was most recently assigned to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3ID, as an assistant fire support officer. Larson confirmed Freihofer has been suspended from that position.

Freihofer has been at Fort Stewart since November when he completed initial training.

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