The Epoch Times is reporting today that Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, a former instructor and fighter pilot, has been relieved of his position as commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron.
The article reports:
“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 to various news outlets 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,” according to the statement.
The “public comments” that he made in a podcast were likely in reference to the spread of Marxist ideology within the military, which was detailed in Lohmeier’s recently self-published book, “Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military.”
There are two sides to this situation. If Lt. Col. Lohmeier’s remarks were seen as undermining the authority of the Commander-in-Chief or engaging in political activity while in uniform, his removal was appropriate. However, his removal is another example of the politicization of our military. This politicization began under President Obama, paused somewhat under President Trump, and is continuing under President Biden. It should be noted that his comments (and book) were not actually partisan–they were observations on a political theory. The politicization of our military is a threat to our national security, and it does not align with the values and freedom that form the basis for this nation.