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Air Force Chaplain Awarded Bronze Star for PowerPoint Teaching Proper Sensitivity for the Koran
National Review Online ^ | 3/11/13 | Patrick Brennan

Posted on 03/11/2013 10:30:01 AM PDT by bigtoona

An Air Force chaplain has been awarded a Bronze Star for his service in crafting an especially good PowerPoint about how to treat Islamic religious materials with sensitivity, according to Ohio’s Dayton Daily News. After U.S. troops in Afghanistan accidentally burned copies of the Koran, sparking riots that took over 30 lives, Lieutenant Colonel Jon Trainer came to the rescue:

After the accidental burning last year of Qurans by U.S. troops in Afghanistan sparked deadly rioting, an Air National Guard chaplain from Springfield stepped in and potentially saved countless American lives.

For his effort, Lt. Col. Jon Trainer received the prestigious Bronze Star — a medal given for heroic or meritorious achievement in connection with operations against an armed enemy.

And he did it with a PowerPoint presentation. . . .

Within 48 hours, Trainer developed a PowerPoint presentation on the proper handling and disposal of Islamic religious material that was seen by every American — military and civilian alike — in Afghanistan. The presentation then was distributed to the U.S. for use in all pre-deployment training.

The piece explains that Trainer also helped teach service members just how wide the breadth of their sensitivity had to be, covering what constitutes Islamic religious material in the first place. “When a Muslim writes down even a few verses from the Quran on a piece of paper,” he told the paper, “that immediately gets that same protected status.”

Trainer is a nondenominational Christian minister who has been in the Air Force for 17 years. He is also being recognized for his work running the Army’s suicide-prevention program, in which he’s trained more than 36,000 service members.

The Bronze Star is the U.S. military’s fifth most prestigious combat award, and can be awarded for acts of merit or valor in a combat zone (if the military deems it an act of heroism, the award is given with a “V” device).


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KEYWORDS: bsm; chaplain; diversity; islamicfifthcolumn; usaf
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To: USMCPOP
This is my PowerPoint. There are many like it but mine is 4.0.

My PowerPoint is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I master my life.

My PowerPoint without me is useless. Without my PowerPoint, I am useless.

I must format my slides true. I must brief them better than the other staff section who are trying to out-brief me.

I must brief the impact on the Commander before he asks me. I will.

My PowerPoint and myself know that what counts in this war is not the number of slides, the colors of the highlights, nor the format of the bullets. We know that it is the new information that counts. We will brief only new information.

My PowerPoint is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strengths, its fonts, its accessories, its formats, and its colors.

I will keep my PowerPoint slides current and ready to brief. We will become part of each other. We will…

Before God I swear this creed. My PowerPoint and myself are defenders of my country. We are the masters of our subject. We are the saviors of my career.

So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but peace (and the next exercise)!


22 posted on 03/11/2013 11:24:15 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: bigtoona

23 posted on 03/11/2013 11:24:44 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: Uncle Miltie

THE BALLAD OF THE POWER POINT RANGER
(sung to the tune of “The Green Beret”)

Requests are made from day to day;
Briefings held and changes made.
Graphic slides, a must they say,
Power Point is the only way.

Computers crash and printers stall,
Overloading protocol.
Network’s down and soldiers cry
Briefing’s late, so heads will fly.

Pin Power Point slides upon my chest,
Full color slides, they look the best
100 slides were made that day
but only 10 made the final display.

Smiles upon the General’s face
Slides were done, looked really great
Was up all night really working late,
Just to hear the General say ....

My soldier son, your slides were great,
Briefing’s done, staff’s up to date,
One problem son, you took too long,
So put in one more change, then go on home.

So tell my Mom I done my best,
Pin Power Point slides upon my chest
100 slides were made that day,
but only 10 made the final display.


24 posted on 03/11/2013 11:26:42 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: bigtoona

The continuing liberal agenda to cheapen and take away the meaning of everything American.


25 posted on 03/11/2013 11:27:32 AM PDT by Iron Munro (I miss America, don't you?)
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To: bigtoona
“A Bronze Star for a Powerpoint presentation?” Tell me what do they get for a “paper cut”? It must be Great to one of the new AF troops.

My DFC and BS were received for action under fire in Viet Nam. Oh well times change and king obama is in charge.....

26 posted on 03/11/2013 11:31:01 AM PDT by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416 "It’s one thing to make a law, It’s another to enforce it.")
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To: Iron Munro
The continuing liberal agenda to cheapen and take away the meaning of everything American.

They try, yes. But if you throw crap on gold, and call crap gold, it doesn't touch the real gold. The real gold is not changed a bit.

You just have to clean it off.

27 posted on 03/11/2013 11:44:00 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: bigtoona

I feel much safer now.


28 posted on 03/11/2013 11:44:53 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: USMCPOP

I’m surprised he didn’t get a Purple Heart for his Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from all the hours he spent on the keyboard.


29 posted on 03/11/2013 11:44:54 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: bigtoona

If I may delicately ask, “What race was this guy, Amish”?


30 posted on 03/11/2013 11:49:26 AM PDT by Old Badger (Don't bother me! I still like Palin because she will tell like it is!)
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To: bigtoona

We have become a more loving, sensitive, caring, diverse, softer and feminine generation that has completely slapped the faces of all military personnel who won medals through actual dangerous and heroic actions and the generations of foreigners who immigrated to our country legally and stayed the course of the entire lengthy citizenship path to become citizens. Better yet, they actually integrated into our society.

Political Correctness is the poison that is killing freedom and individualism.


31 posted on 03/11/2013 11:50:24 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: bigtoona
The proper treatment of the Koran is a flamethrower (and the Muslimes that follow it).
32 posted on 03/11/2013 11:51:39 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: bigtoona
After the accidental burning last year of Qurans by U.S. troops in Afghanistan

it wasn't accidental. it was on purpose. the books were being used to transmit prisoner messages.
33 posted on 03/11/2013 12:09:50 PM PDT by stylin19a (obama - Fredo smart)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


34 posted on 03/11/2013 12:18:44 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

There was a fake news article about a drone pilot getting a medal. Not sure about this one gotta do some research. The name is real though.


35 posted on 03/11/2013 12:24:37 PM PDT by USAF80
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To: ConservativeMind

So if you could write something from the Koran
in poop, it would be really sacred sh*t.

Allah Fubar!


36 posted on 03/11/2013 12:25:50 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: bigtoona

Let’s call it the “Muslimination” of Obama’s military. His new CIA boss is a convert to Islam. Anybody say “Homeland”.


37 posted on 03/11/2013 12:29:33 PM PDT by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: bigtoona


38 posted on 03/11/2013 12:32:29 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: bigtoona

FYI - Lots of comments at the source link, including at least one from the actual recipient (or at least he claims to be).


39 posted on 03/11/2013 12:45:56 PM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: bigtoona

Put this in the same drawer as Bammie’s Nobel Peace Prize.

How insane!


40 posted on 03/11/2013 12:51:48 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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