Saturday, October 25, 2014
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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 John R. Allen, USMC (Ret’d), Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS)

John R. Allen was born in December 1953 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He attended Flint Hill School in Oakton. He graduated with military honors from the U.S. Naval Academy, receiving a BS in Operations Analysis. He also graduated from the Naval War College, and holds an MA in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, a MS in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College, and a MS in National Security Strategy from the Naval War College.

He served through the ranks of the Marine Corps, participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He retired from the Marines in February 2013, as his wife was seriously ill. On September 11, 2014, the Obama Administration announced that General Allen would coordinate their international efforts against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Allen was named as the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition against ISIS.

IN THE NEWS: “We understand that Turkey has agreed to support, train and equip efforts for the moderate Syrian opposition,” a State Department spokesperson told reporters. “We are looking for a Department of Defense planning team traveling to Ankara next week to continue planning through military channels.” Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL – also called ISIS), General John Allen, and Deputy Envoy Brent McGurk, have meetings scheduled with Turkish Deputy Chief of Defense in Ankara. “Turkey can be helpful in a number of ways, not just with military action…they could also provide some basing rights,” the State Department said. However, Turkey has balked at using bases in their country for air strikes on ISIS.