October 18, 2013 – U.S. Air Force Academy Superintendent Removes ‘Prep-School’ Poster Containing Religious Oath After Being Contacted by MRFF

 

The Air Force Academy Honor Code (“We Will Not Lie, Steal Or Cheat, Nor Tolerate Among Us Anyone Who Does”) was formally adopted in 1956 by the first graduating class, the Class of 1959. It was then, and continues to be today, a minimum standard of conduct which cadets expect of themselves and their fellow cadets. MRFF President and Founder Mikey Weinstein received a picture of a poster displayed at the USAFA Prep-School that contained the Academy’s honor code followed with an addendum stating “Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and live honorably so help me God.” Mikey immediately contacted USAFA Vice-Superintendent Colonel Tamra L. Rank regarding this blatant attempt to introduce a religious element into the approved honor code. 68 minutes later USAFA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson emailed Mikey with the following statement:

Thanks for taking the time to talk with my Vice about this matter. This Honor Oath is one of the new things since my graduation, evidently in about 1984. Col Miller was able to bring together the Prep School and other entities on base to put together a way ahead. We’ve already directed the Honor Review Committee to fix this next week when they meet. The Prep School poster has been taken down.

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