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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

Colonel Rhyan Dillon, Spokesman, Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve

Rhyan Dillon earned his undergraduate degree in history from Providence College and also holds two masters’ degrees. He was commissioned into the U.S. Army Infantry upon graduation and transitioned from the infantry to Army Public Affairs. He served in Vicenza, Italy, and as the public affairs officer for the Southern European Task Force. Later he went to Africa, before going to Press Corps Headquarters in Fort Bliss, Texas, and then on to the Office of Army Public Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Dillon has also served in Germany, as well as in an airborne assault into northern Iraq. He served in Afghanistan and was a liaison officer to the Pakistani Corps in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Dillon is now the spokesman for the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, U.S. Central Command.

IN THE NEWS

The area around At Tanf, Syria, has become a flashpoint in recent weeks between pro-regime forces and coalition troops advising local forces battling ISIS. A U.S. F-15E jet shot down an Iranian-made pro-regime drone that had dropped a “dud” munition near coalition forces patrolling near At Tanf. There were two other air strikes around the area.

The U.S. military is now reinforcing its position there. “We have increased our combat power in that area,” Colonel Rhyan Dillon told reporters. “We have increased our presence and our footprint and prepared for any threat that is presented by the pro-regime forces.”

A move of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) into the region, that enables missiles to be fired as far as 186 miles is one of those combat increases. HIMARS had been previously used to strike ISIS targets from firing positions in Turkey and Jordan. The system has also been deployed to Iraq to hit ISIS positions there