Monday, September 26, 2022

US Air Force in Tail Spin?

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A diversity and inclusion training by the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado instructs cadets to use words that "include all genders." 

Now the U.S. Air Force has been outed for carpet bombing its officer academy with more dangerous woke stupidity, this time for dropping the terms “mom” and “dad,” and for a class exercise in which the future second lieutenants write down animal names to demonstrate their diversity.

In an exclusive story, Fox News reported the cadets at the United States Air Force Academy are being forced to sit through a “Diversity and Inclusion” class in which they are advised to use “person-centered” and “gender-neutral” language. 

The Academy leadership argues this diversity and inclusion baptism is the key to our military being "war ready."

I'm pretty sure China and Russia---even Iran and North Korea are cheering them on.

Are our Air Force and newly created Space Force in a tailspin?

Be informed, not misled.

A new approach to the old threat of war.

I mentioned this briefly on our daily radio program on Friday. I think we need to pause and be sure we all understand what is going on under the guise of "strengthening our warfighters."

Cadets are receiving a special award---a purple rope--- when they complete their diversity and inclusion training, with photos of each completed class being put up on the web---the "worldwide web" for all to see.

The homosexual community is rejoicing---most likely so are our enemies.

We should not be. This is not "progress." 

The Purple Rope award.

Fox News captured the photo of cadets posing for a photo after graduating from the Cadet Wing Diversity and Inclusion Program this summer, allowing them to advise students on diversity at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Each cadet wears a purple rope across their left shoulder symbolizing their position as a diversity representative. 

(U.S. Air Force Academy photo)

At the beginning of the training, cadets are assured that "what’s said here, stays in the room (let's have each other's backs)​," and cadets were instructed not to "share people's stories with their name/identifiers)."

The presentation also asks cadets to finish prompts like, "What I think about me in terms of who I am," "What others think about me," "What might be misunderstood about me," and "How squad/classmates can help me feel valued."

This information and documents were shared exclusively with Fox News by Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., a Green Beret and Afghan War veteran who said the materials had alarmed cadets.

Waltz pointed out during an interview with Fox News that "it's been a tradition in the military to get letters from mom and dad or your boyfriend and girlfriend for as long as there's been a military."

"Now we're instructing every cadet entering the Air Force to not say ‘mom’ and ‘dad,’ to not say ‘boyfriend’ or ‘girlfriend,’ and this kind of drive towards gender neutrality," he said. "I think the Air Force should be worried about the macro aggressions against America that are happening all over the world."

The diversity and inclusion (D&I) training also includes an exercise asking cadets to separate into small groups and write down as many "G-Animals," or animals that start with the letter "G," that they can think of in one minute’s time.

Why are they doing this?

"What does this activity show us about the power of combining our diverse perspectives?​" the activity asks. "If this were an operational USAF/USSF [United States Space Force] challenge (think COA [course of action] development) what risks might be present if we did not fully leverage the diversity of our group?"

One slide in the presentation claims that D&I training is critical for "developing warfighters" to be "prepared to lead the USAF/USSF with character."

"How can we Lift Others (motivate our teams) if we don’t know our people?" it asks. "How can we Elevate Performance if we don’t include people during planning and execution?​"

"Today we are preparing to face challenges that may not exist today," the training says. "For example, Information Warfare only became a career field 7 years ago, and we stood up the Space Force in 2019. This makes our need to innovate critical. Thus, our leaders have deemed D&I a warfighting imperative."

He's right, the Trump administration did "stand up" the new Space Force in 2019, but I don't think anyone dreamed it would be captured by the Left as yet another opportunity, not to conquer our enemies, but to indoctrinate our cadets. 

According to the academy’s website, affinity groups help cadets "gather around a shared affinity or bond" and can be "identity-based," "interest/career-based," or "cadet experience-based."

An August 2021 memo by the academy that proposed the D&I program, obtained by Fox News, said it would create "champions of dignity and respect to foster an inclusive climate in the Cadet Wing."

"Recommended training include, but are not limited to, inclusive leadership, conversation facilitation, unconscious bias, and cultural sensitivity," the memo stated. "The structure for D&I Staff will resemble [Air Force Academy Cadet Wing] Character and Honor staffs to reflect that D&I is also an institutional priority."

Pushback has begun. 

Waltz, a ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, says that the program’s structure is particularly concerning because it appears to create a "separate, parallel chain of command."

"To those of us who are a little bit older, it reminds us of what the Soviets used to do or what the Chinese do today, where they literally have political commissars inserted at every level end of the chain of command, but they have a separate reporting chain to ensure that the military is abiding by their ideology and their political doctrine," Waltz said.

"Not only do they have diversity and equity officers in the cadet chain of command, they wear a special insignia, which is exactly what the political commissars — they would wear an armband in both the Soviet army and now in the Chinese Communist military. I just think there are some really alarming parallels," he said.

And he added this: "When we [the Republicans] are in the majority, we are going to legislate this, and we are going to cut it out of the U.S. military."

Reaction from the Airforce/Space Force

As you can imagine, when the Air Force and Space Force people who are advancing this nonsense became aware of what Congressman Waltz said on Fox, they reacted strongly.

There are a number of specific statements made by military leadership trying to refute what Waltz told Fox. However, it can be summed up by USAFA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Rich Clark who said, "The recent briefing on diversity and inclusion is being taken out of context and misrepresented---this material was not intended to stand alone."

Apparently, it was not intended for tax-paying citizens to be informed about it either.

Waltz says he's received documents from cadets and their families, and they are very disturbed about what is being taught in our military academies. The Air Force is not the only one.

At the United States Military Academy at West Point, a lecture was given last April titled, "Understanding Whiteness and White Rage."

Perhaps Cicero was right. "The enemy within is to be feared more than the enemy without."

Pray for America. 

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Engaged. Be Prayerful.