Army, Pentagon, Korea discussed on Jay Sekulow
Karnal west Smith. In our media center today and Colonel skip ashes in our center over at regent university. And I'm gonna before we get into anything. And I'm going to thank our everybody. That's listening. That's a veteran or currently serving. Thank you for your service. But I also want to specifically thank our two that are here with us today. And skip ahead. You do this before? But I think it'd be really important for people to know where you serve when you went into the army how long you served them. That's the same thing. Okay. West Point graduate. I graduated one thousand nine hundred seventy two so I was commissioned an armor for nineteen seventy two I went through initial schooling at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Fort Benning, Georgia. My first tour was in Korea. And I served to tourists and career one is simple. Tune leader one is a Taliban commander. Inbetween? I was served at Fort Hood, Texas, and the First Cavalry Division. I went to the defense language institute to study German and went to a graduate schooling. And of the university of Zurich in Switzerland. I taught at West Point for a tour three years in the history department. I went to the command general staff college at Fort Leavenworth. And then I went over to a tank battalion and Germany where I was the battalion operations officer, and then the executive officer and ultimately my career ended. I was in Pentagon. I served for three years as the NATO desk officer in the office of the deputy chief of operations and plans on the army staff. Well, and then my final year I served as a strategist for the office of the secretary of defense and Colonel Smith. Yes, sir. I was commissioned in one thousand nine hundred eighty seven as a chaplain candidate. And then the next year commissioned as a chaplain first Lieutenant retired after twenty six years as a full Colonel. I. During the break. I joined the army and saw the world stationed in Korea and Germany fort Lewis, Washington, fort sill, Oklahoma, fort Monmouth, New Jersey, Fort McPherson in Atlanta for Carson Colorado on the headquarters department of the army staff at the Pentagon for a time. And then I finished up my MAC to service those twenty six years as the senior ranking Chapman, the Dover air force base honoring those who were killed in action in Iraq, and Afghanistan and other missions and also meeting with all of those families this deal with the Bladensburg cross is especially close to my heart. Jay because my first year at the Pentagon when I was assigned there, they had redone the casualty notification policy in in a number of years since the first Gulf war, and I was the project officer, and we totally redid the program of how we notify parents, and husbands and wives and other family members when their soldier or sailor or airman or marine has been killed and we spent a year. A year redoing how we tell families that their loved one is now dead that they pay the Altemus sacrifice. And so this Bladensburg cross issue and issues like that. I find very very offensive because I have been up close and personal with people who've lost their service member. And it's just a travesty that this person and the American humanist have come up with this. I thought it was really rich that the person who's a part of this lawsuit said that they run their errands. They felt excluded. By this cross the emphasis on say felt excluded. This cross is not about them. It's not supposed to make them feel included is about one hundred and sixty thousand men who died in war one, especially those from Prince George's county. The American Unisys. Go ahead. Was very important is that this was a local monument for the boys. Many would call the boys or admitted who sacrificed some who'd never returned home. But it was on me to all who served. Not just for those who who died though, it subsidizes Kelly had said earlier broadcast. It was like a gravestone see that way expanded as we expanded Arbor stay to encompass Veterans Day. But I think it's so rich that here we are celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War One. And we're fighting out still at courts of the United States for a memorial. Nearly as old as the World War One itself. It's ninety three years old. And it's because someone just doesn't like it feels excluded. It was not a monument built in twenty sixteen. Let's say for all veterans. This was a monument built back right after the World War what? So nearly one hundred years ago for the Prince George's county, specifically the blades Berg area about. Forty or sub odd. Bidded boys who served it world, some who'd ever return, and it was to them. They're primarily Christian. This was not controversial it was odd private property at the time, and it was through eminent domain and other actions later that it causes to even be part of the government property, but this is part of our history at heritage. And his west said, everything is not to make us feel included. Some things are for specific the veterans the Vietnam war world, not religious in nature. But it's not to make me feel included. It's too. It's for the veterans of the war and those who passed away in the Vietnam. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, it's their families. It's not for all of us. So we can all acknowledge their sacrifice, but it's not for everyone. That's why we have so many different memorials at body. But it's all over our nation's capital as Kelly said in cities across the country. There are these memorials the gold star families for doing I'm going to take apart. If you're going to take apart every star David every cross every crescent moon crescent and star. That's put up as a memorial somewhere, you know, because of an offended observer, you'd be removing the history of the United States. I mean, it's just that's just.