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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

PrayFocusArmedForcesGeneral Curtis M. Scaparrotti, NATO Supreme Allied Commander

Curtis Michael “Mike” Scaparrotti was born in 1962 in Logan, Ohio. He began his career after receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the infantry following graduation from the United States Military Academy. He went on to earn a Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina, after which he returned to West Point where he was assigned as a tactical officer and the superintendent’s aide-de-camp.

Following that assignment, he continued his military studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He served with the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drumm, New York, and then in Washington, D.C. at the Army Total Personnel Command and the Army Chief of Staff’s office.

His operational assignments include Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, Operation Support Hope, Rwandan Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Operation Assured Response, Liberia.

He was the Director of the Joint Staff before becoming commander of the United Nations Command for the Republic of Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces, Korea. In May 2016, he was named the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander, U.S. European Command, and then as Supreme Allied Commander of the NATO Forces.

IN THE NEWS: The Obama Administration has steadfastly refused to arm the Ukrainian military since its conflict with Russia began in 2014, except for non-lethal military supplies. But a new clearance seems to have been cleared from the National Command Authority. The new NATO Supreme Allied Commander, U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, said, “I do believe that we should support the Ukrainians with what they need to successfully defend their territory and their sovereignty.”

“I need to assess what weapons are best, what capabilities they can use, what capabilities are complementary to their forces today,” Scaparrotti said of the Ukrainians. “And I’ll make the more refined decision here as I get into this job.”

Ukraine is mired in the twin crisis of rooting out corruption and shoring up its finances while at the same time fighting a draining, never-ending conflict on the Russian border against rebels supported by Moscow. Perhaps the National Security staff at the White House has gotten tired of the endless killing and escalation/de-escalation perfected by the Kremlin. Or perhaps, General Scaparrotti is simply leading from behind. In either case, the situation requires monitoring.