Friday, February 12, 2016
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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

PrayFocusArmedForcesDr. D. Christian Hassell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense

David Christian “Chris” Hassell received a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and a member of the American Chemical Society.

Early in his career, Dr. Hassell was a senior research chemist at DuPont. He later led programs in analytical chemistry, instrumentation development, and nuclear weapons forensics at Los Alamos National Laboratory. This also included serving as an intelligence analyst with the Department of Energy Field Intelligence Element for a variety of issues related to chemical, biological, nuclear, radiological, and explosives threats. During this time, he also served as a subject matter expert for chemical and biological weapons with the Iraq Survey Group in Baghdad.

Hassell was an Assistant Vice President for Science and Technology at Applied Marine Technologies, Incorporated, and then joined the Oklahoma State University Multispectral Laboratories where he led research and development as well as testing and evaluation. From there, he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he was an assistant director, later director of the FBI laboratory dealing with issues related to national security, intelligence, terrorist explosive devices, and other weapons of mass destruction.

He joined the Department of Defense as a senior executive responsible for chemical and biological defense programs, and is now the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense.

IN THE NEWS: Early warning is the best protection for warfighters in the new chem-bio world, Dr. Chris Hassell said in a recent interview. “For many years, we ranked things by particular agents – which gas, which bug, we are most worried about. … We try to look at that historically.” Today, they have to look at all kinds of protections – masks and protective suits for chemical exposures, protective shelters and detectors for both chemical and bio, vaccines and therapeutic drugs from other biological applications. He said his team doesn’t monitor the world for chem-bio threats, but “We develop the tools that enable those who do,” he said. Global surveillance and vigilance are key to staying ahead, he said.