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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

Captain Richard McCormack, Commanding Officer, USS Gerald R. Ford

Richard McCormack is a native of Canyon Country, California. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and of the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, the NATO Defense College and the Joint Forces College.

His operational tours include VFA-31 as a commanding officer and landing signal officer and VFA-46 as a department head.

Most recently, he commanded VFA-86 and USS Blue Ridge, the command ship of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, and served as executive officer of the USS George H.W. Bush, a Nimitz-class supercarrier.


Following the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the Navy’s new high-tech aircraft carrier, the ship will head to sea and more training and tests, including having fighter jets take off and land from its deck.

The first round of sea trials resulted in the Navy taking delivery of the ship from the Newport News shipyard. It tested the ship’s propulsion and other basic systems. McCormack’s job is to get the ship ready for flight operations.

“We take it one step at a time,” he said. “We don’t try to do too much at once. We find out what we have to repair or replace, and go on to the next step.”

The 100,000-ton warship cost $2.9 billion and was formally commissioned by President Donald Trump on July 22.