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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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1 posted on 03/11/2013 10:30:01 AM PDT by bigtoona
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To: bigtoona

They didn’t know when they threw Jesus out that logical thinking went with him.


2 posted on 03/11/2013 10:33:01 AM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: bigtoona

Why not? John Kerry gets a Purple Heart for having a pimple
on his a$$.


3 posted on 03/11/2013 10:33:14 AM PDT by vwbug
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To: bigtoona

They need to have these medals with an “M” device, for “Mouse”. They could give that for good Powerpoints and also for remotely piloting a drone.


4 posted on 03/11/2013 10:33:39 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: bigtoona

Major Nidal Hassan (the mass murdering terrorist at Fort Hood ) was also known for his Powerpoint Presentation about Muslims.

Here’s a sample:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq4VLhec1RI


5 posted on 03/11/2013 10:34:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: USMCPOP

When I was a Marine in the 60’s it was common knowledge that if a Juggie received a Bronze Star, it’d be equal to what a Soldier might be awarded the DSC for.


6 posted on 03/11/2013 10:36:04 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Piffle....)
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To: bigtoona
Absolutely mind boggling!
7 posted on 03/11/2013 10:40:25 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadows of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: bigtoona

and potentially saved countless American lives

This is a bullshit statement.. These people hate us and want us all dead. PERIOD!
Sir, thank you for your service to our Nation. Now return the medal because you did no our troops no good service with this.
islam is an enemy of America and Americans. islam is an enemy of freedom and liberty.


8 posted on 03/11/2013 10:40:52 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: bigtoona
Air Force Chaplain Awarded Bronze Star for PowerPoint Teaching Proper Sensitivity for the Koran

So, they're going to give out medals for sensitivity to Christianity, too, right? The Christians are the most discriminated group in the military (and in the U.S.). These people need the acknowledgement more than any other group today.

9 posted on 03/11/2013 10:43:46 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: SeekAndFind
Nidal was also suffering PTSD (Post Traimatic Stress Disorder) when he shot 13 people at his place of work, a work-place violence "incident."

Major Hassan developed PTSD from reading about violence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

10 posted on 03/11/2013 10:46:58 AM PDT by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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To: bigtoona

Headline made me think it was from the Onion, but this is 0bama’s military....


11 posted on 03/11/2013 10:47:21 AM PDT by machman
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To: bigtoona
I had an especially nice bowel movement, so that must also qualify for such an honor, I presume.

And, should a Liberal somehow suggest that is not worthy, I would merely state that such art, produced naturally, is likely worthy of Congressional grants. In the absence of a grant, a prime military medal can easily be expected from 0bama and his minions.

12 posted on 03/11/2013 10:49:44 AM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: bigtoona

koran, not quite as good a charmin.


13 posted on 03/11/2013 10:51:30 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: bigtoona

A Bronze Star for a Powerpoint presentation? Tell me, over and over and over again, my friend, that you don’t believe, we’re on the eve of destruction.


14 posted on 03/11/2013 10:51:49 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

He should have refused to take the medal instead of cheapening its meaning. The fact that he took the medal says a lot about who he is. What’s next Bronze Stars for kissing Islamic asses?


15 posted on 03/11/2013 10:59:15 AM PDT by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: F15Eagle
A Bronze Star for a Powerpoint presentation? Tell me, over and over and over again, my friend, that you don’t believe, we’re on the eve of destruction.

Eve? We've done passed eve, gone past midnight, and are well into the daybreak.

16 posted on 03/11/2013 11:00:26 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: bigtoona

And to think that my uncle won the same award in December 1950 for desperately fighting hand-to-hand against the ChiComs near the Yalu River.


17 posted on 03/11/2013 11:00:38 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: SECURE AMERICA
This is a bullshit statement.. These people hate us and want us all dead. PERIOD!

Exactly. Someone should ask the decorations board... "just how has this individual positively impacted the relations with our purported Afghan allies who are blowing away our troops at first chance?"

18 posted on 03/11/2013 11:03:10 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: bigtoona

Ought oh. If my hubby sees this, he might throw his out.


19 posted on 03/11/2013 11:04:21 AM PDT by dforest (I have now entered the Twilight Zone.)
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To: bigtoona

Reminds me of McArthur giving then Congressman Lyndon Johnson a Silver Star for taking an airplane ride.


20 posted on 03/11/2013 11:18:07 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: IYAS9YAS

Yeah, I think so, too


21 posted on 03/11/2013 11:21:52 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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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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To: F15Eagle

Last weekend my family and I were going through my mother’s personal effects. She passed away on Christmas Day. In her papers I found a bundle of orders from the 7th Infantry Division. My father had been an infantryman in the 7th through five campaigns in the Pacific. None of us had ever known he received a Bronze Star for valor. His citation is below:

Headquarters Seventh Infantry Division
APO #7 c/o Postmaster
San Francisco, CA.
7 March 1945
General Orders #30
Award of the Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous)
Award of the Bronze Star Medal
Award of the Oak Leaf Cluster
Section I
Award of the Bronze Star Medal,-—By direction of the President, under the provisions of Executive Order No. 9419, 4 February 1944, (Sec II, Bull No.3, WD 1944) and pursuant to authority contained in AR 600-45 (Decorations) , 22 September 1943, as amended by Change No.3, 25 April 1944, a Bronze Star Medal is awarded to the following-named military personnel:

Sergeant FV, (then Private First Class),(Service Number), Infantry, United States Army. For heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy on 16 November 1944 during the Leyte Island Operation. During an attack in the foot hills west of Guinarona, Sergeant FV was a member of a rifle squad enveloping an enemy position containing two machine guns and four riflemen. Moving in from the left the squad was held up and to get to the position they had to move about fifty yards in the open. Under heavy machine gun and rifle fire, Sergeant FV made a one-man assault and firing his weapon as he moved, he succeeded in wiping out four riflemen and the two machine gunners. This display of courage and utter disregard for his own personal safety was a determining factor in his platoon completing its mission without further casualties.

In light of this recent family discovery, it sickens me to see what we award the Bronze Star for these days. We coddle our enemies and one day they will kill us.


41 posted on 03/11/2013 12:51:57 PM PDT by Crapgame (What should be taught in our schools? American Exceptionalism, not cultural Marxism...)
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To: bigtoona; ntnychik; potlatch; nuconvert; onyx

NASA ROLE NOW MUSLIM OUTREACH
JOHN BRENNAN FIRST MUSLIM DCI

42 posted on 03/11/2013 12:54:39 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Fakistan)
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To: bigtoona

My stepson gave up his arm and leg, and a WHOLE bunch of his Marine brothers in Iraq. All he got was a purple heart. Guess you have to be some kind of techie to get these high level awards these days. Blood, sweat, and tears are not valued.


43 posted on 03/11/2013 1:11:39 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: NEMDF

mozlums are inbred pedophile-worshipping misogyinsts.

There’s my sensitivity.


44 posted on 03/11/2013 1:17:52 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (Zombies Eat Brains = 50% of FL is Safe)
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To: bigtoona

My uncle, 101st AB (Normandy, Bastogne),
got a Bronze for capturing a German roadblock and its personnel. Seems like you get one today if you can take a dump and not fall back in it.


45 posted on 03/11/2013 1:42:57 PM PDT by 91B40
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To: bigtoona

I am that chaplain; member of FR since 2000.

It would have been kind of Patrick Brennan to at least drop me or my commander a line before posting an article on The Corner is a manner that is demeaning of my service to this great nation.

Unless Mr. Brennan or someone else at The Corner (which I frequent almost daily) has read my Bronze Star citation in full, or has talked to my commander, or others with whom I have served, or even myself, it seems journalistic malpractice at the very best to just post-away.

And here is what I posted at NRO:

“This is an end of tour award. Standard fair for the rank, position, and responsibility I held during this tour—Training Chaplain for all the of the chaplains in Afghanistan and Garrison Chaplain at New Kabul Compound in Kabul. Events of serious consequence occurred while in theater; the article highlights those. The way the original article is written implies the BSM was given for writing a PPT presentation. This does not represent the facts nor the bullet points in the BSM write-up.”

This just highlights to me the dangers of our new media where a journo feels free to run with a blog post or posters feel free to demean someone’s character without making an ounce of effort to get the facts.

The guy who wrote the original story was an old fashioned journalist who came to my office at the request of my commander. He came with a pen and paper and took notes—just like the good old days.

Thanks!
Chap T


46 posted on 03/11/2013 1:59:55 PM PDT by carpediem365 (sola deo gloria)
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To: bigtoona
REMFs giving REMFs awards?

The country is toast.

5.56mm

47 posted on 03/11/2013 2:03:10 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: donna
By giving the Bronze Star to some pinko who gave up his ruler instead of his life it takes away from those who received it in the past and lowers the value severely of the award. All preplanned by the political arm of the regime.

Not really any surprises here.

Its all designed to destroy everything we hold true and have a value for.

48 posted on 03/11/2013 2:05:39 PM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: carpediem365

Most bullet points associated with the Bronze Star are associated with enemy fire than powerpoint outlines, so it is newsworthy. Then again, I was fortunate to not have the uniform embellished at the end of tour.

Did you find most Muslims receptive when witnessing the Gospel to them? What approach did you find most successful when bringing them the Good News?


49 posted on 03/11/2013 2:30:52 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: billorites

I could actually see a platoon bay of Admin Specialists reciting this while lying in the rack with their Thinkpads on their chests...


50 posted on 03/11/2013 2:32:48 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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