Friday, October 31, 2014
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Pray the Vote 2014
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.

Through the “Adopt our Troops” program, you can both register and adopt a specific member of America’s armed forces in prayer. What greater gift could you provide these troops than intercession on behalf of our omnipotent God?

Please take the time to adopt one of these soldiers and pray for them every day. If you know a specific member of the military, please register them. More than anything we could personally give them, our troops need our support through prayer.

Featured Member of the Armed Forces for Prayer

PrayFocusArmedForcesGeneral Ray Odierno, United States Chief of Staff of the Army

Raymond T. Odierno was born in 1954. He grew up in Rockaway, New Jersey, where he attended Morris Hills High School, followed by the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He also attended North Carolina State University and the Naval War College, receiving master’s degrees in Nuclear Effects Engineering and National Security and Strategy, respectively. He is also a graduate of the Army War College.

Odierno’s initial tours took him to Germany for a period and then back to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He served during Operation Desert Storm. Odierno commanded the U.S. 4th Infantry Division during which he deployed the division to Operation Iraqi Freedom, entering Iraq through Kuwait. In his second Iraq deployment, Odierno was the commander of a multi-national group and was one of the primary architects of the troop “surge” into Baghdad.

He has also held responsibility for the strategy that included the Sunni Awakening militia movement, leading to dramatic decreases in violence in Iraq from late 2006 to 2008.

He served as Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, where he was the primary military advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. General Odierno was the Commanding General, United States Forces – Iraq. He was nominated to be the Army Chief of Staff in May 2011, and confirmed in September 2011.

General Odierno is married to his high school sweetheart, the former Linda Bukarth. They have three children and three grandchildren. Their eldest son, Army Captain (Retired) Tony Odierno, is a combat veteran who serves on the board of directors of the Wounded Warriors Project.

IN THE NEWS: As it rethinks its global posture for a possible shift to the Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. Army wants to buy a new fleet of small boats and upgrade existing watercraft, according to General Ray Odierno, Army Chief of Staff. The land force and largest branch of the U.S. military has more than 100 vessels in its inventory to support combat and humanitarian missions. The Army is gearing up to solicit proposals to replace some vessels and add others. The Pentagon has vowed that the shift of U.S. forces to the Asia-Pacific region is on course despite growing demand for American troops and equipment to counter a resurgent Russia in Europe and militants affiliated with the Islamic State in the Middle East. “The problem is … the world is changing in front of us,” General Odierno said at a conference. “We’ve seen Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, we’ve seen ISIS, we’ve seen some increased instability in other places, so I now have a concern whether even going below 490,000 [soldiers] is the right thing to do.”