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    06/05/2020 10:32:06 PM PDT · by Maudeen · 39 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 06/06/2020
    Please join Freepers throughout the world as we pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Farming, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems, the News, Media and Social Media, Citizen Keyboard Warriors, Right to Life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (1 John 5:14) Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. LET ME REMIND YOU THAT THIS IS GOD’S UNIVERSE, AND HE IS DOING THINGS HIS WAY. YOU MAY THINK YOU HAVE A...
  • African-Americans Are Highly Visible in the Military, but Almost Invisible at the Top

    05/25/2020 10:19:16 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 68 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 25, 2020 | Helene Cooper
    WASHINGTON — A photograph of President Trump and his top four-star generals and admirals, tweeted in October by Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, was meant as a thank-you to the commander in chief. But it angered a lot of others, and not just those who erupted on Twitter. “You would have thought it was 1950,” said Lt. Col. Walter J. Smiley Jr., who is African-American and fought in Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring last year after 25 years in the Army. Dana Pittard, a retired major general, also African-American, was equally frustrated. “It’s America’s military,” he said. “Why doesn’t this...
  • Proclamation on Armed Forces Day, 2020

    05/15/2020 2:35:15 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies ^ | May 15, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    In times of war and peace alike, on land, at sea, in the skies, in cyberspace, and beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, the men and women of our Nation’s Armed Forces serve with honor and distinction and stand ready to selflessly defend our Nation.  On Armed Forces Day, we pay tribute to these patriots, whose work enables our country to shine always as a beacon of freedom and hope for the world.Throughout our Nation’s history, our Armed Forces have protected our country, our liberty, and our founding principles.  Earlier this month, we marked the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, when United...
  • Presidential Veto Message to the Senate for S.J. Res. 68

    05/07/2020 12:27:17 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 6 replies ^ | May 6, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES:I am returning herewith without my approval S.J. Res. 68, a joint resolution that purports to direct the President to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces in hostilities against Iran. This indefinite prohibition is unnecessary and dangerous. It would weaken the President’s authority in violation of Article II of the Constitution, and endanger the lives of American citizens and brave service members.This joint resolution is unnecessary because it rests upon a faulty premise. Due to my decisive actions and effective policies, the United States is not engaged in the use of...
  • EO to Order the Selected Reserve and Certain Members of the Individual Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty

    03/27/2020 9:12:53 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 25 replies ^ | March 27, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.),  and in furtherance of Proclamation 9994 of March 13, 2020 (Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak), which declared a national emergency by reason of the threat that the novel (new) coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 poses to our Nation’s healthcare systems, I hereby order as follows:Section 1.  Emergency Authority.  To provide additional authority to the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security to respond to the national emergency declared by...
  • Thousands of volunteers turn out to lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

    12/14/2019 9:31:20 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12 14 2019 | Tal Axelrod
    Thousands of volunteers descended on Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia for the annual Wreaths Across America Day to help honor fallen service members. Parking lots at the burial ground were quickly filled as the volunteers swarmed to pick up wreaths to lay at the cemetery’s tombstones. The event is part of a nationwide effort that takes place at roughly 1,600 cemeteries across the country to honor veterans. “We understand we have Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, but our service members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year to preserve...
  • If Trump’s Rage Brings ‘Civil War,’ Where Will the Military Stand?

    10/06/2019 6:33:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 126 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 6, 2019 | Patricia Ravalgi
    The moment may come when soldiers have to choose between the Constitution and Donald Trump. No doubt most will embrace the Constitution. But some will see that as a tough call. Earlier this week Donald Trump, commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces, tweeted that his impeachment “will cause a Civil War” from which the country might never recover. Picking up on remarks made by an evangelical pastor on Fox News, Trump did not just say his removal would lead to a huge electoral defeat for the Democrats, or even mass demonstrations. He said “civil war”. Americans taking up...
  • LIVE: President Trump's Speech -- Salute to America from Lincoln Memorial

    07/04/2019 3:16:43 PM PDT · by deks · 368 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 4, 2019 | Right Side Broadcasting
    Salute To America July 4, 2019, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. featuring a speech by President Donald J. Trump
  • What were the steps leading up to D-Day?

    06/06/2019 7:28:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies ^ | 6/6/2019 | Bill Federer
    Over 160,000 troops from America, Britain, Canada, free France, Poland and other nations landed along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast of France. It was the largest amphibious invasion force in world history, supported by 5,000 ships with 195,700 navy personnel and 13,000 aircraft. On that day, the sea along the heavily fortified beaches of Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno, Sword and Pointe du Hoc ran red with the blood of almost 9,000 killed or wounded. It was a significant turning point in World War II. The steps which led up to D-Day deserve serious examination. After World War I,...
  • Fewer Americans want to serve in the military. Cue Pentagon panic

    04/10/2019 3:55:46 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 82 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 10, 2019 | William M. Arkin
    Donald Trump’s three-quarters-of-a-trillion-dollar defense budget request submitted to Congress last month contains a dirty secret, one that should make us all think twice about perpetual war and public support for it. The youth of America don’t want to serve in the military any more. The situation has become so dire that just to maintain America’s ground forces – the army and Marine Corps – the two services are resorting to unprecedented pay raises, bonuses and socialist trappings. And things are going to get worse. This year, for the first time ever, Americans born after 11 September 2001 will be able...
  • Melania Praises Veterans Who ‘Dedicated A Life Of Service To Their Country For Freedom’(T)

    07/15/2018 11:26:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies ^ | 7/13/2018 | Katie Jerkovich
    Melania Trump reflected on her and President Donald Trump’s trip to England and praised the veterans she met who have “dedicated a life of service to their country for freedom.” “Today’s visit to RHC [Royal Hospital Chelsea]was focused in two areas,” the first lady explained, according a report from the White House Friday. “First, it is always an honor to meet with soldiers who have dedicated a life of service to their country for freedom and protection of their people.”
  • NDP Calls On Trudeau To Condemn Trump's 'Despicable' Trans Military Ban

    07/26/2017 12:36:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Huffington Post Canada ^ | July 26, 2017 | Ryan Maloney, Senior Politics Editor
    New Democrats are pushing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to publicly condemn Donald Trump's move to bar transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military, a decision the party's defence critic says is based on "ignorance and hate." "Prime Minister Trudeau must denounce this policy immediately in order to demonstrate that Canada not only respects human rights but that we will stand up against discrimination, even when the source is our closest neighbour and strongest ally," Randall Garrison said in a statement Wednesday. Garrison, who also serves as the NDP critic for LGBTQ issues, said the Trump administration is using hate...

    05/29/2017 12:55:55 PM PDT · by blam · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-29-2017 | Charlie Nash
    Left-wing news outlet Vox attacked Marines on Memorial Day, claiming in an article that the Marine Corps has a “toxic masculinity problem.” The article, which was simply titled “The Marine Corps has a ‘toxic masculinity’ problem,” continued to claim that the Marine Corps often “marginalizes or mistreats female troops.” Citing the Marines United nude photo sharing scandal, Vox staff writer and defense correspondent Alex Ward attempted to link the Marines with systemic sexism and listed ways how the Corps could get rid of their “toxic masculinity.” “And to be fair, it’s not just the Marines. Sexual assault has increased in...
  • A Poorly Armed America Would Last as Long as a Candle in a Hurricane

    04/25/2017 7:26:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies ^ | 4/25/2017 | Charlie Daniels
    While Democrats and Republicans go for each other’s throats on domestic problems, the nation's defense is one thing they absolutely have to get together on and allocate whatever funds it will take to recruit the best and the brightest, and bring defensive hardware up to and past anything any other nation on the planet has in their arsenal.
  • Trump signs order spurring 'great rebuilding' of armed forces

    01/27/2017 2:24:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 27, 2017 | Lisa Hagen
    President Trump on Friday afternoon signed an executive order that he said would spark a "great rebuilding" of the United States military. "First, I’m signing an executive action to begin a great rebuilding of the armed services of the United States, developing a plan for new planes, new ships new resources, and new tools for our men and women in uniform, and I’m very proud to be doing that," he said at the Pentagon. "As we prepare our budget request for Congress ... our military strength will be questioned by no one, but neither will our dedication to peace, we...
  • The military's real problem: Fewer Americans are joining

    12/17/2015 11:17:24 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | December 15, 2015 | John Spencer
    When President Barack Obama announced that women would be eligible for combat roles in the military earlier this month, he stated “our armed forces have taken another historic step toward harnessing the talents and skills of all our citizens.” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter echoed those thoughts: “Our force of the future must continue to benefit from the best people America has to offer … in the 21st century, that includes drawing strength from the broadest possible pool of people.” This change is going to help the military in any number of ways: It’s a step toward greater fairness, and...
  • Navy Moves Toward Unisex Uniforms and Covers

    10/14/2015 11:56:13 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 63 replies ^ | October 12, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    Under orders from Secretary Ray Mabus, the Navy has announced changes that will eventually make uniforms and covers more gender-neutral. And so, the unisex "Dixie Cup," or enlisted white hat, will come into being and be available for wear by E-6s and below next April. Female sailors will also be allowed to carry bigger purses, so long as they match their shoes. "Having service members don the same headgear is symbolic of a Navy that is gender-blind," said Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Navy spokesman. "We have been working hard to design covers and uniforms that improve uniformity across the...
  • Shooter's family says he suffered from depression

    07/19/2015 8:31:41 AM PDT · by PROCON · 107 replies
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The family of the man who killed four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga said in a statement that their son suffered from depression and was not the person they knew. "There are no words to describe our shock, horror, and grief," said the statement, provided Saturday to the Associated Press by a lawyer representing the family of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. "The person who committed this horrible crime was not the son we knew and loved. For many years, our son suffered from depression. It grieves us beyond belief to know that his pain found its...
  • While Obama Vacations in New York City, GOP Governors Act to Protect Troops

    07/18/2015 1:15:06 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies ^ | July 18, 2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    President Barack Obama took a fundraising vacation to New York City the day after an Islamist terror attack on military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee killed five servicemen without taking steps to protect the men and women in uniform serving under him.SNIPIn contrast, three Republican governors have taken swift action to protect troops under their command, ordering that they be armed. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Florida Governor Rick Scott each issued executive orders arming full-time National Guard troops.
  • For Heaven's Sake, Let's Arm Our Service Members

    07/17/2015 9:44:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | July 17, 2015 | Matt Towery
    The tragedy of Thursday's attacks on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is simply too much to take. It's one thing to know that the Obama administration has proposed shrinking the size of our active duty military, and has negotiated deals that inure to the financial benefit of nations who hate us. It's another thing to watch our loyal servicemen and women having to work on military bases with no ability to protect themselves. This is the last straw. In the early 1990s bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., began what has been an extended and renewed ban on military personnel...