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International, Texas | June 15, 2021

Military Whistleblower Says Large Black Lives Matter Flag Was Hung at US Naval Base in Africa

International, Texas | June 15, 2021

An alleged whistleblower who submitted a comment to Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw’s (R-Texas) offices said that a large Black Lives Matter flag was flown at a military installation in Africa last year, which may have flouted then-Pentagon policy.

The unnamed service member said that while deployed in a combat zone in Africa, a large Black Lives Matter flag was flown at a U.S. naval base, according to Cotton’s office.

“In the barracks area of the installation,” the whistleblower wrote, “a massive BLM flag had been hung from the third story of the barracks, draping over both the second and first rows under it.”

“The flag was probably fifty feet long, by fifteen feet wide. In addition to this, there were many service members that were wearing BLM t-shirts that sported additional BLM slogans, doo rags, and hats, all with BLM plastered on them. I am opposed to the BLM movement for many reasons, and seeing a constant reminder of this group daily, was offensive and distracting to me, especially in a combat zone,” the person said, adding that Black Lives Matter, to them, is a politically motivated group that “has no business” being advertised on a military installation.

The date of the incident was not given in the account. Nor was the name of the U.S. naval base in question.

The person claimed that several other people they worked with “felt the same way” about Black Lives Matter…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Arkansas, District of Columbia | June 11, 2021

Hundreds’ of Whistleblowers Say Military Forcing ‘Anti-American Indoctrination’ on Them: Sen. Cotton

Arkansas, District of Columbia | June 11, 2021

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on June 10 that “hundreds” of military whistleblowers have reported being forced to receive “anti-American indoctrination” training, including critical race theory (CRT).

In a Senate hearing with Austin, Cotton claimed that within the military, there’s “plummeting morale, growing mistrust between races and sexes where none existed just six months ago and unexpected retirements and separations based on these trainings alone.”

One whistleblower, Cotton alleged, said that military history training was replaced with training about police brutality, “systemic racism,” and “white privilege.” Another said that his unit had to read “White Fragility” by feminist author and critical theory proponent Robin DiAngelo, according to the senator.

In May, the Space Force confirmed it relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, a former instructor and fighter pilot, as commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron. While it didn’t specifically name the reason why Lohmeier was terminated, the Space Force cited comments made by Lohmeier during a podcast in which he denounced CRT and warned about the spread of Marxism within the Space Force’s ranks…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | June 8, 2021

Veterans’ Advocates Slam White House for Lack of Plan to Evacuate Afghan Interpreters

District of Columbia | June 8, 2021

Veterans’ advocates are blasting the White House for refusing to evacuate thousands of Afghan military interpreters who worked for American troops and who could be left at the mercy of the Taliban as the U.S. military withdraws this summer.

Ahead of the Sept. 11 military withdrawal deadline, which President Joe Biden announced in April, the administration has yet to address its plans to handle the backlog of 18,000 Afghan interpreters who have applied for U.S. visas through a special State Department program. Many of the Afghans—who serve as language and cultural translators for American soldiers, including during combat—are likely to face retribution attacks from the Taliban if they are left behind.

At least 300 interpreters have been killed in Afghanistan due to their work for the U.S. military since 2016, according to James Miervaldis, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and chairman of the No One Left Behind advocacy group for veterans and interpreters. He expressed frustration with the administration’s failure to come up with a plan.

“Not a peep [from the White House]. Nothing,” Miervaldis told the Washington Free Beacon. “Everyone’s pretty much in the dark…. We are very unclear what their plans are for this backlog.”..

(Excerpts from the Washington Free Beacon)

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International | June 7, 2021

US Army to Buy Remote-Controlled Weapons From Israel’s Rafael for $150 Million

International | June 7, 2021

The US Army chose American company Oshkosh Defense and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to provide it with remotely operated weapons positions in a deal worth $942 million. Rafael’s share of the deal is estimated at $150 million.

The positions are a Rafael development and are referred to in the IDF as “lethal” positions. They are used by the IDF’s ground forces on Armed Personnel Carriers (APC), as well as on navy ships. The US Army is expected to equip three brigades with about 900 APCs in total, with the new positions carrying a 30mm cannon.

The positions will provide the APCs with stronger firepower, and better protect soldiers thanks to their remote control operation that will allow the crew to shoot while remaining inside the APC.

Meanwhile, it appears that Rafael is also on its way to seal another deal for the Iron Dome defense system. The US Marine Corps has announced it is looking into combining the Iron Dome’s Tamir interceptors with an American-made radar and operation system to protect American forces and interests against cruise missiles, which Iran and its proxies have proven to accurately use. The Iron Dome has displayed its capabilities against such a threat in past tests…

(Excerpts from the Algemeiner)

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Virginia | June 1, 2021

Fallen Jewish Service Members, From Civil War to Iraq, Honored on Memorial Day Weekend

Virginia | June 1, 2021

Leading global Jewish organizations and Jewish veterans on Memorial Day honored the soldiers who have fallen while serving in the United States armed forces.

“Among them are thousands of American Jewish service men and women who paid with their lives to protect their country,” said the World Jewish Congress (WJC).

According to the WJC, 550,000 Jewish soldiers served in the US armed forces during the Second World War and 11,000 were killed in combat. Among them was war hero Meyer Levin, a bombardier and pilot, who fought 60 combat missions and is remembered for being the first American to blow up a Japanese warship and for saving the lives of three crew members. His plane fell into the ocean near New Guinea in 1943 during a combat mission.

Major General Maurice Rose — the highest-ranking Jew in the US army during the Second World War, and the son and grandson of rabbis from Poland — fell in 1945 while fighting in Germany. Rose was the highest-ranking American killed by enemy fire at the European front…

(Excerpts from the Algemeiner)

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Delaware | May 31, 2021

‘Turning to Almighty God’: 5 profound Memorial Day proclamations

Delaware | May 31, 2021

Memorial Day is an annual federal observance that honors those in the U.S. military who have passed away and a day for Americans to spend time praying for “permanent peace.”

The holiday was observed in the 19th century under the name “Decoration Day,” which sought to honor the memory of soldiers who died in the American Civil War.

Later on, the observance was broadened to include Americans killed in all armed conflicts, with parades, barbeques and other festivities being connected to the holiday.

As part of the observance, presidents of the United States have issued proclamations calling upon Americans to not only remember the fallen but also pray for lasting peace. Many presidents over the years have set aside a specific time in the day for Americans to pray for peace.

President Joe Biden continued the tradition, issuing a proclamation urging Americans on Monday to “designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. … as a time when people might unite in prayer and reflection.”…

(Excerpts from the Christian Post)

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