Sunday, February 7, 2016
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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

PrayFocusArmedForcesLieutenant General John “Mick” Nicholson, Nominee to be Commander in Afghanistan

John William “Mick” Nicholson, Jr., was born in May 1957 in Maryland. He is the son of a former general of the United States Army. He was commissioned upon graduation from the United States Military Academy. He also holds a BA from Georgetown University, and a Master’s degree in Military Art and Science from the School for Advanced Military Studies and a Master’s degree in National Security Studies from the National Defense University.

Nicholson has served as the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division. He presently serves as commanding general of the Allied Land Command (since October 2014), part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Izmir, Turkey. He has been Deputy Director of Operations/Intelligence Integration for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization in Washington, D.C. He served as Deputy Commanding General of Operations of U.S. Forces Afghanistan and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force.

Nicholson also served as Director of the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell of the Joint Staff, and was Deputy Commander of Regional Command South, ISAF, which consisted of over 40,000 troops from 17 nations.

He has been nominated by President Obama to serve as the U.S. and allied commander of forces in Afghanistan.

IN THE NEWS: Last week, President Obama nominated Lieutenant General John “Mick” Nicholson to take over as the commander of U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan when General John Campbell’s tour of duty ends. Right now, there are about 8,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan on a mission of training, advising and assisting Afghan forces and counterterrorism. The number of troops is set to fall to about 5,000 by the end of the year. But the security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating, and there are a number of capabilities the Afghan forces still need to develop, Nicholson said. Some of those capabilities include intelligence gathering and air support. “There are certain capabilities that simply take years and years to develop, and they have not achieved a level of efficiency in those areas,” he said. Nicholson declined to provide a specific number of troops he thinks is necessary for the mission, saying he needs to be confirmed and assess the situation on the ground, which, he indicated, could probably be completed within 90 days. Senators on the committee indicated they were pleased with Nicholson’s position on troop levels and present drawdown plans that may need to be adjusted.