Now in Our 15th Year
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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

Major General Joseph M. Martin, Commander, First Infantry Division, U.S. Army

Joseph Marti graduated from the United States Military Academy. He holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Louisville, and has advanced through other military education and training.

He has served as the commander of the 2nd Brigade, First Infantry Division and deployed with that command to serve in northwest Baghdad. He has commanded Company B of the First during Operation Desert Storm. Martin has also held posts at the National Training Center in Irwin, California, and served as Deputy Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth. He has served in Southwest Asia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

He was named to the Command of the Army’s First Infantry Division in September 2016.

 

IN THE NEWS

Iraqi government forces have retaken much of Iraq’s second-largest city since January but have been trying since then to dislodge the Sunni Muslim militants from the densely populated Old City in western Mosul, their last Iraqi stronghold.

“Iraqi security forces continue to progress as they liberate the western side of Mosul,” U.S. Army General Joseph Martin, head of ground forces for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State, said. He declined to say whether the militants would be defeated within weeks or months, saying, “It’s hard to tell because the terrain changes literally every day.”

Martin said Iraqi forces had surrounded Islamic State positions but it was not always possible to move vehicles into all parts of the Old City with its narrow streets. Iraqi officers have said snipers have slowed them down in western Mosul.

“It’s very complicated,” Martin said.