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Armed Forces

Armed Forces

During his famous Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln said that America is a nation “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” He proceeded to question whether or not such a nation “can long endure.” The testing ground for such a nation, as he observed, was not in the halls of academia or before the high courts. Rather, Americans prove defend their nation’s existence on the field of battle.

Since the conception of America, the United States military has stood as a line of defense between the American people and those who would see this great land conquered. During World War 2, it was the American military that crumbled the fascist war machines of Europe. Even today in Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops are fighting to rid the world of the disease that is radical militant Islam.

Edmund Burke once said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The United States military is our nation’s promise to both ourselves and our neighbors that evil will never triumph.

The men and women who volunteer to stand downrange of enemy fire deserve our prayers.

Featured Member of the Armed Forces for Prayer

Lieutenant General Stephen Lanza, Commander, 1 Corps, Joint Base Lewis McChord

Stephen Raymond Lanza was born in May 1957, He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and also holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. He has also attended and graduated from numerous advanced military schools, and served as a National Security Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lanza has commanded soldiers at all levels, and has served at the Pentagon. He has served with multi-national forces in Iraq, and deployments include Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, Iraq, and was part of Operation Joint Guard in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

 

IN THE NEWS

Military experts, predicting a difficult 2017 for the American military in the Pacific, say North Korea is building up to six nuclear weapons each year. One official says the North now has the ability to launch these weapons, although the warheads may not yet be able to hit a set target.

The Philippines has been an ally of the United States for many years. But Philippine President Rodrigo Duerte has sought to limit ties with the U.S. since taking office in 2016. U.S. Army Lieutenant General Stephen Lanza says the Army may also change its planned training with the Philippine military from combat preparation to humanitarian and relief assistance.

The U.S. still has a large military presence in the Pacific. The Navy has four aircraft carriers in the area. The Army is taking part in military exercises with South Korea, Thailand, and, for the first time, Cambodia. Lanza says Vietnam has also asked to take part in the exercises.

“You want to be there to deter. You want to be there to avoid conflict and, really, to avoid miscalculation. And I know the partners appreciate the fact that we are engaged with them in the Pacific,” Lanza said.