Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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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.

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

PrayFocusArmedForcesJohn F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

John F. Sopko received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Case Western University School of Law. He is a member of the bars of Ohio and the District of Columbia.

He began his professional career as a state prosecutor in Dayton, Ohio. He served as an adjunct professor at American University’s School of Justice. He became a federal prosecutor and as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, he conducted numerous long-term grand jury investigations and prosecutions against organized crime groups.

Mr. Sopko served as General Counsel and Chief Oversight Counsel for the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. Later under Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia, Sopko conducted investigations on a broad range of issues, from healthcare insurance to complex weapons systems. After his work in the Senate, Sopko was recruited by the Commerce Secretary to manage the department’s response to multiple congressional, grand jury and press inquiries. He was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement for the Bureau of Export Administration, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

His experience on Capitol Hill extends over 20 years. He returned for a period to the private practice of international law in Washington, D.C. In July 2012, President Obama appointed him to the post of Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

IN THE NEWS: There is no doubt that the mission of the Department of Defense (DoD) is to protect the national security of the United States, but what does defense have to do constructing gas stations in foreign countries? Especially a station that delivered compressed natural gas in the middle of northern Afghanistan that cost taxpayers a whopping $43 million. According to the top Afghanistan government watchdog, John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the project was a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars. The gas station should have cost roughly $400,000, the head oversight team monitoring U.S. spending in Afghanistan found. The discovery came as part of a broader investigation into allegations of criminal activity within the DoD’s premiere program to kick-start the Afghan economy. “It’s fright-night at the Pentagon,” John Sopko said. “I have never in my lifetime seen the Department of Defense or any government agency clam up and claim they don’t know anything about a program,” Sopko said. “Who’s in charge? Why won’t they talk?” he asked. “We have received more allegations about this program than we have received about any other program in Afghanistan. “It is totally incredible that you have a ghost program in the Department of Defense. It’s almost like it’s pixie dust.” Members of Congress are calling for an investigation.