(USA Features) A U.S. Space Force commander was relieved of duty after self-publishing a book identifying what he sees as encroaching Marxist ideology in the military and for discussing it during a recent podcast.
Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was dismissed from his command of the 111th Space Warning Squadron, located at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado whose mission is to monitor ballistic missile launches, Military.com reported.
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Lohmeier was relieved Friday by Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, chief of Space Operations Command after he said he lost confidence in the former commander’s ability to lead.
“Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Space Operations Command commander, relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, May 14, due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead,” the Space Force said in a statement over the weekend.
“This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast. Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation (CDI) on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity,” the statement added.
Those comments were more than likely made during a podcast in which Lohmeier discussed is recently published book, “Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military.”
The Space Force officer appeared in Creative Destruction Media’s (CD Media) “Information Operation” podcast in which he appeared to critique Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s anti-extremism agenda.
After Austin, who is black, was confirmed by the Senate earlier this year, one of his first acts was to order a stand-down of all military units to discuss and deal with alleged extremism within the ranks following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“I don’t demonize the man, but I want to make it clear to both him and every service member this agenda—it will divide us. It will not unify us,” Lohmeier said. He noted forther that Austin is promoting “diversity, inclusion, and equity,” which he and others have said are “rooted in critical race theory, which is rooted in Marxism.”
“What you see happening in the U.S. military at the moment is that if you’re a conservative, then you’re lumped into a group of people who are labeled extremists if you’re willing to voice your views. And if you’re aligned with the Left, then it’s okay to be an activist online because no one’s gonna hold you accountable,” Lohmeier said.