From: 436 FSS/CC
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 4:19 PM
To: 436 FSS Personnel Only
Subject: //ACTION/ROUTINE//Religious Endorsement
Recently an email regarding a volunteer opportunity was forwarded to the
entire 436 Force Support Squadron. The invitation included in that email
contained language supporting the Christian faith and encouraged
in this event as an act of Christian faith. I want to be absolutely clear
that the email in question was not sent at my direction and is not endorsed
any way by me or any level of command.
AFMAN 33-152 governs permissible uses of government email. Messages can be sent on behalf of base chartered private organizations (e.g. Top 3) and can
sent to notify personnel of events of common interest (e.g. off-base
Day parade). However, such messages cannot violate the Joint Ethics
Regulation, which prohibits the endorsement of non-Federal entity or event
a DoD employee in their official capacity. Such messages also cannot appear to provide command endorsement of a particular religion.
Moving forward, before using government email to announce non-Federal events,
all FSS team members will coordinate any announcement through our First
I appreciate that many members of our unit volunteer their off-duty time in
our community in many different ways, and I encourage you to continue doing
so as you see fit. However, when government resources, such as email are involved, it is everyone's responsibility to know what is and is not
permissible according to law and regulation. If anyone is unclear about
is required, please contact me or the First Sergeant.
Thanks for all you do every day for all of the Team Dover Family.
Lt Col Tasker
Donald C. Tasker, III, Lt Col, USAF
Commander, 436th Force Support Squadron
Dover AFB, DE
"FSS...The Best Never Rest"
FSS Vision: Dover Family--Fit, Developed, Resilient