Wednesday, November 26, 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

PrayFocusArmedForcesMajor General Gary Volesky, Commander, Operation United Assistance

Gary Volesky holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University and a master’s degree from Princeton University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as well as the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

He is an infantry officer who has commanded soldiers at all levels up to brigade level, and has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Story in Saudi Arabia, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Prior to his assignment in West Africa, Volesky has been commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell. He had been U.S. Army Chief of Public Affairs, and served as senior advisor to the Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff, Army, and other senior Department of Defense leaders on communication matters relating to the Army.

IN THE NEWS: There are now 2,000 troops, some from each service branch, in Liberia, West Africa, and the number is expected to top out just short of 3,000 in mid-December, said Army Major General Gary Volesky, commander of Operation United Assistance. The Pentagon had planned to send about 4,000 troops to Africa to combat the largest Ebola outbreak in history. The outbreak may now be waning in Liberia, but Ebola continues to kill there and elsewhere, with a death toll that recently exceeded 5,000, according to the World Health Organization. American troops are deploying primarily to help with engineering and logistical demands, functions which U.S. officials discovered Liberians were better able to handle than expected, Volesky told reporters at the Pentagon via teleconference from the Liberian capital, Monrovia.