Friday, March 6, 2015
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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

John M. McHugh, Secretary of the ArmyJohn M. McHugh, Secretary of the Army


John Michael McHugh was born in September 1948 in Watertown, New York. After graduating from Watertown High School, he went to Utica College where he received a BA in Political Science. He later went on to receive a Master of Public Administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Graduate School of Public Affairs at the State University of New York in Albany.

McHugh served as an assistant to Watertown’s City Manager for six years. He then became an aide to a State Senator after which he became his successor, being elected as a member of the New York State Senate. In 1993, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served until 2009 when President Obama tapped him to be Secretary of the Army.

McHugh is divorced from his wife, Katherine Sullivan. He is Roman Catholic.

IN THE NEWS:  “I would think that we could reasonably expect to see something in the relatively near future, Army Secretary John McHugh told reporters at a briefing in Washington, referring to whether former POW Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan. “The range extends from on one end of the spectrum – from no further action to the other end of the spectrum, potential court martial.” Although the Army’s second fact-finding investigation of Bergdahl was concluded in December, McHugh said no decision has been reached on charges because of the number of documents that needed to be reviewed and the “complexity” of the case. “It has been a lengthy investigation, and I think if you look at both the time involved from Sergeant Bergdahl’s disappearance to his recovery to this point in time in large measure, that’s understandable,” he said.  He also said, “The other largely contributing factor is the complexity of the case, coupled with the fact that we have the future of a soldier in our hands. We want to be fair. We want to protect that soldier’s right and come out to the proper conclusion.” Critics have charged that politics have slowed the decision on Bergdahl, given the potential embarrassment to the White House if he is found to have deserted his post.