Monday, March 11, 2013

Air Force Chaplain Awarded Bronze Star for PowerPoint Teaching Proper Sensitivity for the Koran

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 He he had any patriotism he would turn it down.

An Air Force chaplain has been awarded a Bronze Star for his service in crafting an especially good PowerPoint about how to treat Islamic religious materials with sensitivity, according to Ohio’s Dayton Daily News. After U.S. troops in Afghanistan accidentally burned copies of the Koran, sparking riots that took over 30 lives, Lieutenant Colonel Jon Trainer came to the rescue:     
After the accidental burning last year of Qurans by U.S. troops in Afghanistan sparked deadly rioting, an Air National Guard chaplain from Springfield stepped in and potentially saved countless American lives.
For his effort, Lt. Col. Jon Trainer received the prestigious Bronze Star — a medal given for heroic or meritorious achievement in connection with operations against an armed enemy.
And he did it with a PowerPoint presentation. . . .
Within 48 hours, Trainer developed a PowerPoint presentation on the proper handling and disposal of Islamic religious material that was seen by every American — military and civilian alike — in Afghanistan. The presentation then was distributed to the U.S. for use in all pre-deployment training.
The piece explains that Trainer also helped teach service members just how wide the breadth of their sensitivity had to be, covering what constitutes Islamic religious material in the first place. “When a Muslim writes down even a few verses from the Quran on a piece of paper,” he told the paper, “that immediately gets that same protected status.”

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  1. I've got a neighbor who has a Bronze Star and a Viet Cong bullet in his ass to pay for it. I wonder what he's going to think about this.

    1. Tell him to sit down and have a few drinks first.:) You can be nominated for a Bronze Star without the V just for service as I was although it got bumped down to another ARCOM, but this reason is ridiculous.

    2. I don't know if this one was awarded with the V or not.
      I suspect it was but he doesn't talk about it and we are not enough friends for me to ask. If he finds out about this I won't likely be the one that tells him.

  2. I have my dad's bronze star, earned in the Battle of the Hurtgen forest. He volunteered for the draft in 1943 but that was a different Army, I think. Heh. That's the greatest thought I've had in many a year. I just decided that the 20 U.S. Army soldiers who were awarded Congressional Medals of Honor in 1891 for butchering the women and children at Wounded Knee were in a different Army, too.

    Forget about the past
    Forget about the guilt
    I'm going back to the House Love Built.
    song by Tito Larriva that I love.

    My personal journey of Jung's Regressive Recovery of the Persona has taken me back 57 years to March of 1956 and I am doing much of what and how I did then. The white bass are running in Tennessee and Virginia and I'm there on the bank in my mind throwing 1/16 oz. buck-tails tied from the tail of a deer I killed in Virginia many years ago, about 1960.

    Don't knock it if you haven't tried it.

    1. Too bad we all can't go back to 1960. I'm game!:)

    2. We have a saying in my private Geehad group, "If you want to give God a good laugh, tell Him your plans." Started six weeks of heavy physical therapy today, followed by re-evaluation and six more if necessary. Do you think they'll have cute Therapists in the Bush-Cheney camps? My wife will be looking for the 15 Magpul magazines in a week or so. I don't assume anything any more in this State or Nation, either for that matter.

    3. :) Good luck. You've got two months to go!

  3. "he had any patriotism he would turn it down."

    I don't think soldiers in the United States Army (or Air Force?) are permitted to refuse to accept a decoration.

    At least, I never heard of it being done.

    Such action would be equivalent to refusing a promotion or an assignment.

    Decorations and awards are not merely for the recipient's benefit.

    The honor of the occasion also reflects favorably on the unit, the chain of command, and the recipient's comrades.

    When I was told I was being awarded the Bronze Star Medal (which, I admit I didn't deserve), I busted out laughing, because I thought the guys were just playing a joke on me.

    Then they handed me a copy of the orders, with my name underlined with red pencil.

  4. John Kerry threw his over the White House fence and look what it got him!

    1. That would be funny, but...........:)

      Kerry And His Mystical Khmer Dau (Rouge)