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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.

Featured Member of the Armed Forces for Prayer

General Stephen W. Wilson, U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff

General Stephen W. “Seve” Wilson earned his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University. He earned a Master of Science in Engineering Management from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. He continued to earn other certificates and degrees from military schools, including a Master’s degree in strategic studies from the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

Wilson received his pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. His numerous assignments include commanding a B-1 Division, the 36th Operations Group, the Air Force Global Strike Command and serving as Deputy Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command. He has more than 4,000 flying hours, including 680 combat hours.

He is currently the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., a position he has held since July 2016.

 

IN THE NEWS

Together with the vice chiefs of staff of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, Air Force General Stephen Wilson delivered a warning to Congress that a dearth of defense spending is seriously obstructing readiness in all military branches.

Citing the average age of Air Force planes at 27 years old, Wilson informed Congress that the branch’s “advantage over potential adversaries is shrinking.” He explained that the Air Force’s capabilities have been drastically affected by high demands and extremely inadequate funding.

In a statement, General Wilson said, “sustained global commitments and funding restrictions have eroded our Air Force to the point where we have become one of the smallest, oldest-equipped, and least ready forces across the full spectrum of operations, in our service history.”

Although military and political authorities are working to fix the problem, spending caps imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011, signed by former President Barack Obama severely restricts their available options. The law strictly regulates the defense budget until 2021. Funds for overseas operations, however, are exempted from the sequester.