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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 TownsendLieutenant General Stephen Townsend, Commander, Anti-Islamic State Mission in Iraq and Syria

Stephen Townsend has been said to be the embodiment of the American dream: a half-Afghan who was adopted by an Army family in Germany who later became a commissioned Army officer.

Townsend’s first assignment was at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he was a platoon leader. He deployed as a lieutenant in 1983 to Grenada as part of Operation Urgent Fury. He later served with the 7th Infantry Division at Ford Ord, California, and the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia. After serving in the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, he was assigned to Fort Drum.

As a battalion commander in the 10th Mountain Division, he deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Anaconda, the joint military and CIA operation intended to crush al-Qaeda in early 2002. He returned to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain before being assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington, where he commanded a Stryker brigade combat team, leading the unit on a deployment in Iraq.

Townsend later served as executive officer to the commander of the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, and then as senior commander at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and deputy commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, again deploying to Afghanistan.


Speaking to U.S. troops in Baghdad, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said, “Come August, you will be handing over this fight to another remarkable officer and leader, Lt. Gen. Steve Townsend. But as complex as this fight remains, I know Steve will inherit a campaign that has progressed remarkably under [Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland’s] leadership.