(USA Features) Nearly two dozen House Republicans led by Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado are demanding that the Biden administration give a Space Force commander back his job after he was relieved over a warning that Marxist principles are creeping into military training and curriculum.
In a letter to acting Air Force Secretary John P. Roth and Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. Raymond, the 23 lawmakers expressed “grave concern for what appears to be an increasingly politicized environment developing in the Department of Defense which has recently manifested in the United States Space Force.”
The letter comes after Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was relieved of his command of a missile defense unit in Colorado following statements he made during a recent podcast discussing a self-published book he wrote in which he pushed back on Critical Race Theory materials he sees being introduced into military training and education.
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“As you know, Lieutenant Colonel Lohmeier, commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado, was relieved of command last week by Lieutenant General Whiting, the head of Space Operations Command, ‘due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead,'” the letter says.
“According to media reports, ‘This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast’ and that there is currently an investigation underway ‘on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity,'” the lawmakers continued, the Daily Wire reported.
“Based on the interviews themselves, these statements by a Space Force spokesperson seem entirely divorced from reality. Lieutenant Colonel Lohmeier went out of his way to explicitly express support and admiration for his chain of command,” the lawmakers added. “He said ‘all of my interactions with senior leaders in the Air Force and Space Force have been very positive’ and ‘we’ve got very good leaders.’
“He goes on to say that they ‘care a great deal about our people’ and ‘they care a great deal about the lethality of the force.’ According to his interviews, he raised concerns expressed in his book and on the podcast through his chain of command and through the Air Force Office of Inspector General,” the GOP lawmakers continued.
“Based on the outreach we have conducted in a very limited period of time, Lieutenant Colonel Lohmeier has a stellar service record with no history of insubordination or malfeasance. We also know that the 11th Space Warning Squadron has long served as a premier command post for those officers serving at the top of their year group. These facts combine to paint Lieutenant Colonel Lohmeier in a very positive light,” they added.
In addition to being a former F-15 fighter pilot, Lohmeier was also a flight instructor.
The Republican lawmakers went on to point out other politically charged statements made by current active-duty officers that appear to align with the political left, nothing they were not singled out for repercussions.
“Perhaps Lieutenant Colonel Lohmeier observed the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Goldfein, say in June 2020, ‘Every American should be outraged that the conduct exhibited by police in Minneapolis can still happen in 2020,'” the wrote, citing an example. “While a reasonable person can share that sentiment, it is an extremely political statement for a Service Chief to make about a then-pending legal case.”
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“Or perhaps he read the tweets by then-Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright in which he accused the Air Force of racism because of ‘racial disparities in military justice and discipline among our youngest Black male Airmen and the clear lack of diversity in our senior officer ranks,'” they added.
“Ultimately, there seems to be no material difference between the very public statements made by many senior leaders while in uniform and on official social media accounts, and those made by Lieutenant Colonel Lohmeier in an unofficial capacity,” the lawmakers wrote. “The sole difference seems to be the ideological content of his remarks.”
They went on to point out that CRT curriculum is, in fact, based in large part on Marxist ideology.
“Critical race theory is a subset of critical theory that was developed in the 1980s to focus on perceived legal injustice in the United States trafficking in racial and sexual stereotypes and collective guilt, and viewing any differences in outcomes as evidence of systemic injustice,” they noted.
“This is an inescapable fact that senior leaders in the Department of Defense can no longer continue to ignore. Now is a time for choosing: those leaders who are complicit with this poisonous philosophy which promotes racial essentialism and collective guilt in our beloved military will be judged by history accordingly. Promoting critical race theory will disrupt the good order and discipline of the Space Force and eviscerate our nation’s ability to attract patriotic talent to serve in uniform and fight our wars,” the added.
Barring any violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice Lohmeier may have violated that have not been publicly disclosed, the GOP lawmakers asked that he be “reinstated” right away.