In 2010, Lackland Air Force, most known as the Air Force’s basic training, was merged with Randolph Air Force Base and the Army’s Fort Sam Houston. It is home not only to the Basic Military Training unit, but it also encompasses a number of other units and training facilities.
Senior Master Sergeant Monk is stationed at Lackland Air Force and has a spotless record for his 19+ years of service to his country that is until his commander asked him a personal question. The commander was talking with Monk about her upcoming promotion ceremony and mentioned that she thought the chaplain who was scheduled to deliver the benediction was a bigot. She told Monk that it was because the chaplain preached that homosexuality was a sin.
According to Monk, he objected to the commander’s statement about the chaplain. She then asked him for his personal views on homosexuality and commanded him to answer honestly. When he stated that in accordance with his Christian belief that homosexuality was a sin, his commander immediately relieved him of his position. Afterward, Monk was told that he could be facing a court martial which could end his military career just shy of the required 20 years to receive retirement benefits.
To preserve his military career Monk was forced to retain the services of attorney Mike Berry with the Liberty Institute. Berry has been working to help exonerate the Senior Master Sergeant of exercising his First Amendment rights of free speech and religion.
His case brought a ton of negative publicity to the Air Force that they did not need. In what many are viewing as an act of goodwill because of the persecution he received from the Air Force, Monk has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal which must be authorized by the president. His award was for outstanding service to the United States and recognized his vigilance and mindfulness in management.
After more than a year of persecution and turmoil, the change in attitude of the Air Force is a welcome relief to Monk and his family. His military career has been preserved and it appears that he will make his 20 years for retirement purposes.
As far as I have been able to find out, there has been no action taken against the lesbian officer who put the Monk family through hell over her personal sinful lifestyle. With Obama’s support of a gay military, chances are she will be promoted and be allowed to continue to harass Christian servicemen and women and abuse their constitutional rights.
I’m just glad that SMSgt. Monk was eventually exonerated and awarded for his spotless service to the United States of America.