Just to let you know that I posted the following comment on his "Adherence to the standard" column but if you go there you'll see that they were too chicken to publish it (note the "Hold on..." comment by the adminstrator):
Norman E. Hooben
ps I kept the standards for 21 years while in the United States Air Force
Source for the following U.S. Air Forces Central Command
Adherence to the standard
Southwest Asia -- One of the topics I frequently address with members of the 379th
|Colonel Kevin Glasz|
A standard can often be found in guidance documents, such as our Air Force Instructions. Standards may also be in technical orders, operating instructions, commander's policy statements, or written into our nation's laws. There are many other sources of standards which guide and govern our professional work. Duty/work section checklists are a good place to start when looking for applicable guidance documents.
As you orient your replacement for this upcoming Air and Space Expeditionary Force rotation, and you find yourself saying "we don't do it that way here because we are deployed," you are probably not adhering to the standard. Standards exist for your safety and the safety of others and must produce a consistent, expected outcome with very little if any variation. It is not up us to determine which standards we will adhere to; we need to adhere to all of them. As we transform from expeditionary to enduring, be ever mindful of taking a different approach "because we are deployed."
Something as simple as walking past a piece of trash without picking it up or not addressing someone correctly, or wearing the uniform incorrectly lowers the standard. Don't allow the standard to be set lower because of your actions. As Airmen, we need to constantly strive to raise the standard.
Our Air Force core values are integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. Rely on your core values as guiding principles while you "adhere to the standard." We live in, and must demand, a culture of excellence and accountability.
Above all, be proud of your accomplishments; they are simply amazing.
Then there's this...
Muslims Fight To Ban Christianity From The Military
You learn a lot of things in the United States military. Including not to eat or drink in front of Muslims, and to learn more about their religion. At least, that’s according to recent reports from Fox News.
Apparently, that directive was released to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, which is a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Maryland. The instructions were released just before the start of Ramadan.
“This is a period of great personal restraint and commitment in addition to renewed focus on worship,” Brigade Commander Col. Kevin Glasz wrote. “I’d like to encourage you to learn just a little more about this religion, but more importantly, I’m asking you to be considerate and do not consume food or drink in front of our Muslim colleagues; it is a simple, yet respectful action.”
In his email, the brigade commander provided a link to a website about Islam.
The announcement received some backlash from some of the officers and doctors who were in training.
“I respect the intention behind this email, but note that there is no similar call honoring other faiths,” one Marine told a Fox News reporter. “There is no similar invitation for non-Jewish colleagues to refrain from eating leavened products during Passover, or non-Christian colleagues to refrain from eating meat during Lent.”
The Marine continued on to conclude, “Our veterans have sacrificed too much blood, sweat and tears to have their own rights and freedoms be sacrificed on the altar of progressive political correctness.”
“Our troops are being told to respect the Muslim Ramadan and encouraged to say ‘Ramadan Kareem,’ while at the same time they cannot have a cross on chapels, display a manger scene or say ‘Merry Christmas’ for fear of offending,” another officer said. “There is something wrong with this picture.”
While we are not against religious tolerance, if the institution is attempting to make a statement, shouldn’t it be supporting all religions equally?
Washington Times article U.S. troops told not to eat, drink in front of Muslims during Ramadan
US Military Highlights Respect for Muslims @ ChristianFighterPilot.com
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