PENTAGON WATCH – WEDNESDAY – DoD Discriminating Against Christianity, Extremism Witch Hunt ‘Politicizing’ the Military, Turning the National Mall into One Giant War Memorial? Judge Rejects Oklahoma Vaccine Mandate Lawsuit, Black Hawk Down Medals of Honor

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter hosts a press conference to announce the nomination of Navy Adm. John M. Richardson, left, to chief of Naval Operations and Army Gen. Mark Milley, second from left, as as Army Chief of Staff in the Pentagon Briefing Room May 13, 2015. / DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett

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Today’s PENTAGON WATCH includes a variety of critical issues at the Pentagon and ‘Inside the Beltway’ in Washington, DC.

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PENTAGON DICRIMINATINING AGAINST RELIGION – Christian jewelry company sues Pentagon, citing religious discrimination over trademark agreement for replica dog tags. A years-long dispute over the use of licensed military logos on religious-themed replica dog tags has resulted in a federal lawsuit against the Defense Department. The Pentagon decision to deny the use of licensed logos alongside Christian Bible verses is religious discrimination, according to the lawsuit.

Washington Watch

TURNING THE NATIONAL MALL INTO ONE GIANT WAR MEMORIAL? Plans for National Mall memorial for Global War on Terror, DC tribute to Medal of Honor recipients move ahead. A memorial for veterans of the Global War on Terror is now set to be built on the National Mall, and a tribute to Medal of Honor recipients will be included nearby.

Extremism Witch Hunt

DOD moves to counter ‘extremism’ in ranks, top Republican warns against ‘virtue signaling.’ In a move to counter extremism in the ranks, the Department of Defense issued new guidelines Monday on what it will not tolerate from service members, but some in the GOP are concerned. Top Republican warns DOD ‘further politicizing the force.’

Vaccine Mandates

Judge rejects Oklahoma’s lawsuit over National Guard vaccine mandate. U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot denied Oklahoma’s request for a preliminary injunction, saying the claims by Gov. Kevin Stitt, Attorney General John O’Connor and 16 anonymous Oklahoma National Guard members were without merit.

Pentagon advises booster shots as COVID cases surge over holidays. The Department of Defense has recommended COVID-19 booster shots for anyone who is eligible as the latest variant of the disease has swept across the U.S., sidelined a Navy ship and infected staff members.

Hawaii Water Contamination Crisis

Class-action lawsuit pending against the Navy over water contamination. Thousands of families are potential plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Navy, which could be filed within weeks.

Navy’s Red Hill fuel facility poses ‘peril,’ must be closed, Hawaii official advises. The Navy’s massive underground Red Hill fuel facility is a “ticking timebomb” over Oahu’s major water supply and should be shut down, a Hawaii state hearing officer recommended Monday.

RECOGNITION

Congress authorizes Medal of Honor for 5 soldiers and awards upgrade for 4 Black Hawk Down troops. The nation’s highest award for valor — the Medal of Honor — may be given to five soldiers after President Joe Biden’s signed the 2021 defense policy bill.

Clifton Brooks Sr., West Virginia’s last Tuskegee Airmen, dies at 99. Clifton E. Brooks Sr., West Virginia’s last surviving Tuskegee Airman and a longtime resident of Keyser, died Friday. He was 99.

END of PENTAGON WATCH

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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19 days ago

SOMEBODY IN CONGRESS BETTER GET HOLD OF THOSE EGOMANIAC FOOLS IN THE PENTAGON AND FAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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