Friday, July 3, 2015
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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.

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

PrayFocusArmedForcesAdmiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., USN, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

James Alexander “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr., was born in April 1956 in Coronado, California. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, and received his commission via the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps. He was a naval aviator, serving with two fighter squadrons and as an instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). While at that assignment, he worked with the crew from Paramount Pictures on the production of the movie Top Gun. He went on to graduate from the U.S. Naval War College.

He was the commanding officer of the USS Enterprise during the September 11 attacks. The Enterprise was headed to Cape Town, South Africa, but without waiting for authorization, Winnefeld gave the order to put the ship’s rudder over (180-degree turn) and take station to the Arabian Sea. The carrier’s aircraft were within range of Afghanistan the next morning. Winnefeld served in Operation Desert Shield, the Gulf War, the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan.

He assumed his current assignment of Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in August 2011. He is the second-highest ranking officer in the U.S. Armed Forces.

IN THE NEWS: Navy Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., encouraged members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Mission Transition Summit to hire veterans and their spouses and dispelled misconceptions concerning veterans and post-traumatic stress. Winnefeld said there are many good reasons why American businesses should hire veterans. “First, our people are motivated by the right ideals,” he said. “Our recruiting statistics show that most of these folks entered the military because they wanted to do something important.” Winnefeld said the military has invested in a diverse workforce, including additional education. The Admiral also discussed what the military is doing to help service members as they transition to civilian life. Hiring veterans is a “win-win proposition,” the Vice Chairman said – one that benefits the nation’s veterans as well as America’s businesses.