As the Pentagon is being criticized for becoming increasingly ‘woke’ or ‘leftist’ in its internal policies, the Air Force clamped down on security forces airmen for displaying the thin blue line flag at Ramstein Air Force base in Germany. While the Air Force said that these flags were prohibited by Department of Defense (DoD) policy, they weren’t officially ‘displayed’ on the base, but used by some airmen during a road march for law enforcement.
Still, the Pentagon created a new policy on flags last summer, under President Trump, allowing only specified flags. And this is how it is being enforced.
The issue arose last week when the 86th Airlift Wing posted, and later removed, photos on its Facebook page of airmen in uniform carrying a black-and-white American flag with a blue horizontal stripe during a 24-hour rucksack march as part of National Police Week, reported Military.com.
Woke critics quickly pounced, accusing the airmen of racism or promoting racist symbols. While the “thin blue line” flag is used to show support for law enforcement, critics argue that because it has also been used by white supremacist groups and flown at far-right rallies, it is now unacceptable to display.
Military.com noted that the wing explained after the images were removed that the photos were shared in support of “our base Defenders” from multiple units who participated in the march. Additionally, base officials said that they were “only intended to show praise for their hard work and military service.”
“They were not making or endorsing any political statement or activity,” an 86th Airlift Wing statement said. However, the statement acknowledged the photos violated DoD policy “regarding the use of flags on military installations. For this, we take full responsibility.”
The new policy was enacted by Trump Defense Secretary Esper last year, in response to the Confederate flag controversy. It now says that “the flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting divisive symbols.”
So, now the American flag with a thin blue line used to support our nation’s police is considered a divisive symbol by DoD. ADN