First openly gay general in the US Military

Brigadier General Tammy Smith is the first openly gay flag-grade officer in the US Military. At this rank, she'll have thousands of service members quite literally looking up to her.The private ceremony included a twist on an old military tradition. Brig. Gen. Smith's spouse 'pinned' her. In other words, her wife slapped the new rank onto her uniform for the first time.CNN has the story:Smith received her stars in a private ceremony at the Women's Memorial at Arlington National … [Read more...]

Two star general does the Macarena

This is the highlight / blooper reel for the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) [counter-intuitively shortened '1st TSC'.] This is where I have worked for 4 years. We just said goodbye to Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dowd, and he will be missed. He was always trying to show the human side of being a general. Often, he'd go out of his way to interact with the enlisted ranks as much as possible.One of my soldiers, Specialist Kelsey Jeffers, created this video montage for his going away party. It was a … [Read more...]

Military A-Week: How to put ATHEIST on your records (all branches)

Yesterday I told you why it was IMPORTANT to stand up and be counted as an "ATHEIST" and not a "NO-REL-PREF". Today, I'm going to tell you how.Army: Walk in to your unit's S-1 office. Ask them to update your ERB or ORB. Tell them you want to fix your religious preference. Tell them you want "ATHEIST". If they say anything about it not being an option, calmly explain that they are mistaken, and to check the list (it's alphabetical for them.)If  you still need more 'proof', here is the re … [Read more...]

Spiritual Fitness “not meant to endorse religion” VS Army’s own videos

These videos may just disappear soon. Grab them while they're hot! They're from the Army's public facing media outreach website.Remember, whenever lawyers and reporters are around, the term 'spiritual fitness' has nothing to do with religion. It's about 'team spirit' and 'human spirit'. So it's not illegal when mandatory...CH (MAJ) Choi - Sunday Stryker Brigadewww.dvidshub.net/video/embed/122546"There's a limit to how much physical ability can sustain a soldier. There's a limit on … [Read more...]

Why the military coin that says “in god we trust” is unconstitutional

This may be 'more' unconstitutional than it is on money.It certainly reveals the man behind the curtain with the coins in your pocket.The motto was first challenged in Aronow v. United States in 1970, but the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled: "It is quite obvious that the national motto and the slogan on coinage and currency 'In God We Trust' has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion. Its use is of patriotic or ceremonial character and bea … [Read more...]

Army brings the first ever Torah Scroll to Afghanistan, tells the world

This is coming from the Army's website of pre-packaged videos for the media to pick up.www.dvidshub.net/video/embed/137199It's all well and good to be respectful of fallen soldiers, and to embrace diversity among the religious preferences. But to brag about the fact that you brought the first Torah Scroll into a Muslim nation? Probably not a good idea.This is one time that I hope they just remove the video, before some Islamic fundamentalists get a hold of it. Usually, I'd suggest … [Read more...]

Army medic “has seen Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in action…Frankly, I’ll pass.”

Mikey Weinstein, President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, shared something with me today.He shared a report in USA Today that  speaks about the statistical trend away from traditional religious identities. MRFF is an important - albeit religiously neutral - ally to the secular community and fierce defender of the US Constitution. But Mikey saw something that he knew I'd appreciate:Paul Morris, an Army medic at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and veteran of six tours in the  … [Read more...]

Another military base, another Nativity Scene – this time in Kentucky.

Foxhole atheists are taking notice of the rapid changes made at Travis Air Force Base nativity scene, spearheaded by Staff Sergeant Dan Rawlings.Fort Campbell needs to rapidly respond to the atheists that want to put up a holiday display there. Early reports are stating that this was put up today.This is an absolutely inappropriate place. This is nowhere near a chapel, which is still inappropriate if they refuse to support an atheist group. Travis AFB officials blocked the efforts of … [Read more...]


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