Unfortunately, we’ve got some more distressing news about our armed forces to talk about today. You know, the United States Air Force Academy fire an outstanding track and field coach and Gold Star widow. Not long ago, my fellow airmen and citizens, our air force is dangerously corrupt from the top down. Religious exemptions for the COVID vaccine have been denied at the direction of no less than the secretary of the Air Force himself. The highest-level commanders refuse to acknowledge the facts about the vaccine or to allow any religious exemptions, even though their chaplains are confirming almost all of them as sincere and deeply held and real.
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The superintendent of the Air Force Academy is Lieutenant General Rich Clark, and he has refused to listen to these exemptions and has denied the facts. We now know about the vaccine’s adverse reactions, all in the name of force readiness, even when we now know that force readiness is at risk from these adverse reaction possibilities and the efficacy of the vaccines is nearly zero in preventing infection or transmission. Clark even attempted to keep four seniors from graduating this year, threatening them with disciplinary action, and that they would have to repay the government for their education just because their religious beliefs precluded them from accepting this vaccine into their bodies.
These actions are unconscionable and a failure of his leadership in the Air Force I served in. He would resign after approving all these religious exemptions to protect those he is responsible for. Sadly, that Air Force no longer exists and the one standing now is politicized and corrupt. So Clark chooses to take even more despicable actions against people he is charged to protect. After Dana, Leon’s husband, was killed in action in 2013, the US Air Force Academy offered her a track and field coaching position with, quote, promises to take care of her. Instead, the Academy terminated Ms.. Lyon, effective June 30th, two months shy of five years of civil service data. I go through stories like this every week.
The ones that hurt my heart the most are about the service that I spent 33 years in. And, you know, General Clark is a peer of mine. We had the same commissioning year. We flew in the big one together. I know him. He’s a good man. And I just it breaks my heart to have to see things like this about people that I know are good people, but they’re in a situation now where they’re not acting the way we were all trained to.
This piece was written by Col. Rob Maness on August 3, 2022. It originally appeared in RobManess.com and is used by permission.
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