Picking MDJ would be interesting seeing as she has no doctorate, no US civilian university experience (especially at the graduate/research level to which UCCS aspires), and a command/leadership style based upon the formality of military rank alone. Sounds like the antithesis of her predecessor, but then maybe that's what they want?
Nowhere on the original e-mail was there any mention of "For Official Use Only." There were no disclaimers of any kind and it was sent out to EVERYONE at USAFA with an e-mail account on the date shown above. It was on some Facebook accounts within hours--including parent pages. And, yes, I agree that most of the Air Force is actually "f[u]rther along in this whole acceptance thing" than some want to acknowledge, and that's a good thing. I also think that you're missing the MRFF's point here. No one on the MRFF staff is calling for a headline that says "Lesbian Hired!" They're just asking the legitimate question: "Why, if the selection's already official and broadly announced to USAFA personnel, hasn't there been a public announcement or press release stating the relevant facts (and her private life is not a relevant fact here)?" The strange lack of timing just raises eyebrows and begs the question, "Are they trying to hide or downplay something here?" It just seems weird that DAYS go by without a press release when it was almost instantaneous in the past for other senior leader position changes at USAFA (Supt, Dean, AD, etc). And yes, Good on you, USAFA and Big Blue, for the selection.
Hopefully, she won't be subjected to any mandatory conversion therapy by the local fighter mafia--and we've progressed beyond that narrow view and can accept some diversity in our Air Force. We'll see.
I, for one, am absolutely outraged at this complete and total affront to all that is holy at USAFA. I mean, really... a BOMBER pilot? The place is just going to hell in a flight bag.
This was the equivalent of slow-pitch softball--not surprising that USAFA managed to hit a single, but they could've easily hit this one out of the park but just quoting AFI1-1 and stating unequivocally that they expect ALL USAFA leaders to conform, whether their paycheck comes from the Treasury or the AFAAC. Active duty AF officers and HEAD coaches and USAFA can have their own twitter feed and facebook page (many do), but USAFA and Air Force leadership need to continue to make it clear that if they use those feeds in ANY way are used to represent the Academy or if a reasonable individual could see those feeds as potentially coercive toward subordinates/recruits or negative representations of the Academy, then they need to be stopped and reprimanded.
This really makes no sense at all (the Academy position). Requiring that employees and military at the Academy only have a disclaimer that their views aren't (officially) those of the Academy and are privately held, while the individual posting those comments uses USAFA imagery/branding and is widely known to be a leader at the Academy (e.g., coach, faculty member, AOC, Superintendent, etc) is ludicrous. Would that mean that the colonel could have her own twitter feed, re-tweeting quotes from the KKK (or ISIS/Daech), but by saying "these are my own views and shouldn't be associated with USAFA" that makes it all okay? USAFA leadership could/should apply a simple rule: If it would seem reasonable and prudent for the Superintendent, Commandant, Dean, or Athletic Director to tweet it or post it on their personal Facebook page, then it's okay for the coach to do the same.
Posts by a 3-star on their devotion to a specific religion or rejection of religion--backed by USAFA signage, even with a disclaimer--would be a clear violation of AFI1-1, so why isn't the same true for a football coach or English professor? (Ref: https://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2…)
Once again, this is REALLY EASY to fix, Coach Lebotzke: Get two twitter accounts. Use one as a coach and representative of USAFA. Call it "Coach Lebotzke." Get another twitter account (they're free) and call that one "Steed The Evangelizing Dominionist Christian." Use the former to talk about USAFA and football. Use the latter to spread your sky-fairy beliefs. Do NOT cross-tweet between the two. Do NOT allow your recruits or cadets to know about or follow you on the latter. MANY people do this. It's not hard. It's even legal and prudent.
However, since the Academy is NOT providing this type of clear guidance and separation (that would give Steed the ability to practice his religious fervor without issue), I can onl conclude that they APPROVE of his using the twitter feed to spread his religious views while simultaneously doing his job--and that's very, very wrong.
(BTW - the views expressed above are mine only and do not officially represent AF or USAFA policy--except for AFI1-1, which IS Air Force Policy.)
Not ALL of the military has a "long History of ethical and spiritual loyalty to God." I have a personally long history (over 25 years) of loyalty to support and defend the Constitution of the United States--that's the oath I took. When I've faced "America's enemies" (and yes, I've been 'shot at' more than once), I didn't look for religious reinforcement, I depended on my training, education, and the professionalism of those around me. Instinct? Yes, based on my training and education. Emotions? No. I completely agree with you that Freedom of Religion is a cornerstone of both--but having/practicing religious belief is neither a necessary nor sufficient condition for honorable service, and IMPOSING one's religious views on subordinates or judging someone based upon their religious views (vs their actions to complete the mission) is completely counter to the principles upon which this nation was founded.
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