Sunday Respite: Remembrance of the 16 servicemen who died this week

Sadly there has been little acknowledgement of the tragic death of our servicemen in this week’s plane crash. Prayers for the families whose suffering must be enormous.

Investigators are trying to determine why the plane crashed in western Mississippi’s Leflore County on Monday afternoon, Maj. Andrew Aranda said. Special Ops forces members were among those who perished.

Breit Baier’s comment on Fox Friday:

Because many have asked– the tribute to the 16 service members who lost their lives this week in Mississippi.

South Korea: U.S. Army merges 173 camps into one huge base

How is this for repeating history? Apparently the Army has forgotten Beirut, Lebanon and Peril Harbor as an example. Better yet we spent close to 11 Billion buckeroos to leave our Service men and women as sitting ducks. I will let Mustang tell the tale today:

Ignoring History

According to Arirang News, the 8th US Army has relocated its base of operations from Yongsan, Korea (3 miles outside of Seoul) to an extraordinarily large new base at Pyeongtaek (65 miles south of Seoul), where, according to its commander, Lieutenant General Thomas Vandal, US Forces Korea will station 43,000 of its ground and air forces (and their dependents).  I’m thinking that considering our history with North Korea —or more particularly, with North Korea under the aegis of a psychopath whose missile systems are under constant development, such a move does not appear very wise.

Families at the new U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea, will live in modern, high-rise units convenient to schools, churches, shopping and other services.

A short review:

On 7 December 1941, the Empire of Japan launched a full-scale aerial assault upon the U. S. Navy fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The Japanese sunk 4 battleships, 2 other ships, damaged four more battleships, 3 cruisers, 3 destroyers, and 3 support ships.  Of the total in aircraft, 188 were destroyed, 158 were badly damaged.  Battle casualties were 2,403 killed and 1,178 wounded.  It was the attack FDR had hoped for, the effect of which was to introduce the United States into World War II.  FDR’s surprise, by the way, was that the attack initially focused on Hawaii; he thought the attack would be focused on the Philippine Islands.

On June 25, 1950, 80,000 North Korean troops launched a blitzkrieg attack into South Korea, pushing all US and South Korean forces all the way south to Pusan.  It was the initial military action of the Cold War.

So now we have nearly 50,000 American forces and assets conveniently situated in what has been described as the largest US base overseas … at the cost of $10.7 billion, uniting 173 military camps situated throughout the Korean peninsula.

General Vandal told reporters, “What has changed for us is that we no longer have to defend 173 camps and installations; we now have it consolidated so it allows us to maximize our force protection.  And as I described, with assets like Patriot batteries, you can now better protect from ballistic missile threats from North Korea.”

Right: good luck with that.

My conclusions are two: the idea is simple-minded, and the American people and their limited monetary resources are not being well-served by people who have not learned any of the lessons of history.

Chaplain Alliance asks Army Secretary to rescind last hour Obama Army Directive

Let us hope Trump gets this last second Army Directive overturned pronto. The Chaplains and religion have been under attack for the past eight years. Here are a  few of the earlier outrageous posts before I get to the heart of the matter:

Army puts Muslim Cleric in charge of 14,000 soldiers religious needs 

Military Chaplin disciplined for mentioning faith  

Marine Dad complained about daughter being taught Muslim religion, banned from her graduation 

The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty sent a letter last month to the Secretary of the Army about his predecessor. Former Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning signed an order that targeted Christian beliefs hours before he resigned.

Army Directive 2017-06 required the Army to train against “implicit or unconscious bias.”The directive threatens Army personnel who hold Christian beliefs, said the chaplains. They wrote to acting Secretary of the Army Robert M. Speer. While Fanning did not spell out what the bias is, the chaplains claim it is a way to target Army persons who have Biblical beliefs about sexuality.

Fanning held the title of the first openly gay service secretary.

Chaplain Ron Crews is the executive director for the Chaplain Alliance. Crews told CBN News that Fanning was very proud that he was the first homosexual to serve as a Secretary of the Army. Crews added that Fanning has been pushing his own agenda in the Army at the expense of war training.

“Everybody in the Army should believe there is a path forward for them. Readiness is getting the most out of the force,” Fanning told The Washington Times on Wednesday. “I don’t think opportunity and equality are political agendas. I think they’re important American values.”

The order does not increase military readiness, said Crews. It wastes valuable training time to push a political agenda.

More at Stream

Military Chaplin disciplined for mentioning faith

Apparently the days of having Chaplains in the military are coming to an end. Perhaps I should say Christian Chaplains. In this Christmas season, of all times, it is worth a note that this item is on the agenda of this administration. Here we go:

Apparently, the Obama administration’s ostensible determination to foster “diversity” in the military is a one-way street. Army Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn was disciplined for mentioning his faith and the Bible as part of a November suicide prevention training seminar with the 5th Ranger Training Battalion. “You provided a two-sided handout that listed Army resources on one side and a biblical approach to handling depression on the other side,” wrote Col. David Fivecoat, commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade at Ft. Benning, Georgia, in an official Letter of Concern. “This made it impossible for those in attendance to receive the resource information without also receiving the biblical information.”

In an interview with the Daily Signal, Lawhorn expressed that idea, further insisting he was only doing his job. “What I had tried to communicate with my audience is that depression can be conquered, depression can be overcome, and there are a myriad of ways of dealing with depression,” he explained. “In this particular case, I had struggled myself personally with the issue at hand I was teaching.”

More at Front Page Mag

3000 U.S. soldiers on their way to Africa

This whole Africa engagement of Obama has had little reporting. Here is a bit of an update. Can you imagine if it was Bush? When is enough enough? Is the military a social service agency? Just what is the purpose would you explain that to me? For the start up of this, check out Obama’s secret war under the U.N. Of course it always starts out with “advisors” now doesn’t it.

Members of the public haven’t heard of PSD-10, but they may have heard of a decision Obama made on October 14, 2011, when he informed Congress that he had authorized “a small number of combat equipped U.S. forces to deploy to central Africa to provide assistance to regional forces that are working toward the removal of Joseph Kony from the battlefield.”

Army Times: A brigade of 3,000 US soldiers will be deployed to Africa to battle terrorism and hunger or whatever. I think this about sums it up.

“As far as our mission goes, it’s uncharted territory,” Hogg said from his headquarters in Vicenza, Italy

Though U.S. soldiers have operated in Africa for decades, including more than 1,200 soldiers currently stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, the region in many ways remains the Army’s last frontier. What???

The Army Times reported:A brigade will deploy to Africa next year in a pilot program that assigns brigades on a rotational basis to regions around the globe, the Army announced in May.

Roughly 3,000 soldiers — and likely more — are expected to serve tours across the continent in 2013, training foreign militaries and aiding locals.

As part of a “regionally aligned force concept,” soldiers will live and work among Africans in safe communities approved by the U.S. government, said Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, head of U.S. Army Africa.

Tours could last a few weeks or months and include multiple missions at different locations, he said.

The Army has not announced which brigade would deploy or where the soldiers would come from.

As the Afghanistan war winds down, the new readiness model affords Army units more time to learn regional cultures and languages and train for specific threats and missions.

Africa, in particular, has emerged as a greater priority for the U.S. government because terrorist groups there have become an increasing threat to U.S. and regional security.

“As far as our mission goes, it’s uncharted territory,” Hogg said from his headquarters in Vicenza, Italy.

But “I’m not there to win their wars or settle their differences,” he added. Of course not, just our  blood and treasure.

Instead, with more soldiers, U.S. Army Africa will continue to strengthen ties with regional militaries and governments by teaching military tactics, medicine and logistics, as well as combating famine, disease and terrorism in secure environments.

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