WASHINGTON, D.C. â€“ Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), the ranking female member on the House Armed Services Committee,Â Tuesday issued the following statement regarding House passage of House Resolution 1740, recognizing and honoring the National Guard on the occasion of its 374rd anniversary:
â€œI am proud to join my colleagues in honoring the 374thanniversary of the National Guard. As the oldest component of the Armed Forces, the National Guard has played an instrumental role in the defense of our country.Â Today, tens of thousands of Guardmembers are serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations throughout the world. Without their sense of duty and love of country, we would not enjoy the many freedoms America has to offer. This resolution will help ensure that we remember to honor the National Guardâ€™s many contributions today and every day.â€
Tuesday also happened to be the day that the Pentagon released the long anticipated survey regarding the impact of repeal of the current bigoted â€œDon’t ask, Don’t tellâ€ policy that is used to exclude individuals from military service based upon their sexual orientation. The irony became even more apparent when I got a tweet from National Guard member, and termed out Assemblyman Chuck DeVore tweeted â€œDADT: combat troops support status quo.â€ Our favorite tweeting Assemblyman Chuck in addition to his role as a rabid bigoted homophobe, is also a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army (retired) Reserve.
So in a sense Rep. Sanchez, who currentlyÂ serves as Chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats, and Capabilities,Â honored Chuck DeVore’s service in the National Guard.
Chuck on the other hand has tarnished his service to our nation by failing to understand the key responsibility of a military officer; the responsibility to follow legal orders from senior officers and the civilian leadership. A survey to determine attitudes of officers and enlisted personnel of our armed forces may helpÂ military leadership implement policies determined by civilian leaders,Â but soldiers are not asked their opinionsÂ regarding orders, they follow them. You would think that aÂ manwho managed to achieve the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, insecure as he is of his own sexualityÂ as he obviously is, would at least understand the principle of “chain of command.”
So much for Chuck DeVore’s in depth understanding of military ethos.