Friday, March 27, 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

PrayFocusArmedForcesGeneral Joseph Votel, Special Operations Commander

Joseph L. Votel attended the United States Military Academy and was commissioned in 1980. During his time in the Army, he has held many responsibilities and led many groups, including a Ranger Regiment during Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq.

He has served in the offices of the Deputy Secretary of Defense in Washington, D.C., and most recently as Deputy Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. On June 24, 2014, Votel, a four-star general, was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Admiral William McRaven as the tenth Commander of the United States Special Operations Command.

Votel is married and the father of two.

IN THE NEWS: Michael D. Lumpkin, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, and Army General Joseph L. Votel, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, appeared before the House Armed Services Committees emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee to discuss the fiscal year 2016 budget request. Votel lauded the “amazing actions” Special Operations Forces take every day. They have been heavily deployed over the past 14 years, he said, and have paid a significant physical and emotional price. “Non-state actors like al-Qaeda and ISIS and other violent extremist organizations, menacing state actors like North Korea, and growingly coercive actors like Russia are just a few examples of the entities affecting the strategic involvement in which we operate,” Votel said. The growing use of cyber capabilities and social media make is easy for U.S. adversaries to communicate, coordinate, execute and inspire their actions, he added.