RIF

Dear MRFF,

I see these stories about religion in the military and have have flashbacks to being in the 1973 RIF – I probably wouldn’t have had as much of a problem except during a review of my record a Colonel from DC mentioned the fact of my religious preference change – I had 16 years of service and never thought of “religious preference” being something other than personnel – I received my RIF notice shortly after this meeting – the Jewish Chaplain was almost crying because he had learned that every not RA Jewish officer at Ft bliss was being rifed even 1 with a Silver Star – I have felt violated ever since – I decided to go back to E-6 and finish my 20 years but I never escaped the feeling that the Army I had served for so long was dishonored and as part of that Army I am dishonorable. The last 4 years were hell sometimes it took me hours to put the uniform on and I would shake while doing it – mentaly I didn’t go back to Vietnam I couldn’t get past the RIF

They took away my pride and I lost the best job I ever had flying helicopters, I lost my command,

THANKS
(name withheld)


Hi (name withheld),

My name is Rick Baker. I’m an MRFF Volunteer, former Air Force Officer and rescue helicopter pilot having served two combat tours in Vietnam. I flew Ch-3 Jollies and HH-53E Super Jollies.

I am writing because having read you story I found it remarkably similar to that of my Dad’s who was riffed twice, once in the early fifties and once in the early sixties.

After meritorious service in W.W. II and having attained the grade of E-7 he was promoted to the reserve grade of 2nd LT. In 1951 after making Captain he was riffed but offered his commission back if he would go to Korea. He was wounded and decorated in Korea and promoted to Major. In 1961 he was riffed again. His commission was restored two years later and he stayed an officer until his retirement in the mid-sixties.

He was convinced that the last restoration of his officer’s rank was due primarily to his joining the Knights of Columbus at the suggestion of his commander.
There is an emerging sect of militant and aggressive Christians known to us as “Dominion Christians.” This organization has infiltrated the armed forces and is primarily responsible for the bulk of the religious misdeeds in the military MRFF has been addressing since 2004.

We are currently addressing over 33,000 client case complaints from our young men and women in the military who have found themselves in the grasp of overbearing superiors who have exercised command centered and coercive Christian-based proselytizing.

We have been successful is assisting many of these Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists and continue to provide support to many more.

I invite you to visit our web site at militaryreligiousfreedom.org for more information on MRFF. We appreciate your support and invite you to take an active role in our organization.

Rick Baker
MRFF Volunteer
USAF (Ret)

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