NCLS

Mikey,

I was able to attend three events at the Academy’s National Character and Leadership Conference and they left me shaking my head worried about the effect. On Thursday, I went to see Mr Mike Farrell, the amazingly poised, articulate, and fascinating member of the MRFF’s Board of Directors. As some have already told you, he was praised by the standing room only crowd as being among the best ever at the NCLS despite the grumblings and murmurs of some who wondered how ANYONE could question America’s use of drone strikes to kill terrorists–or even American citizens, whether the latter were executed sans due process or not. Mike gave a really important and necessary perspective that cadets do not often hear (or hear enough), that it is the responsibility of 21st Century airman to be skeptical, to question, and to make sure that they provide the best advice possible to commanders, lest we allow our military power to become a tool of hypocrisy instead a weapon against tyranny and oppression. His message of respect for all human life will always be relevant. He didn’t speak much about his MRFF involvement besides mentioning his fear of those that would place their particular religious views ahead of their Constitutional responsibilities–especially those responsible for the employment of military force.

(name withheld)

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