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Air Force Chaplain Awarded Bronze Star for PowerPoint (Important Update @ 22)
National Review Online ^ | March 11, 2013 11:38 A.M. | Patrick Brennan

Posted on 03/12/2013 6:44:58 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

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

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.”

Trainer is a nondenominational Christian minister who has been in the Air Force for 17 years. He is also being recognized for his work running the Army’s suicide-prevention program, in which he’s trained more than 36,000 service members.

The Bronze Star is the U.S. military’s fifth most prestigious combat award, and can be awarded for acts of merit or valor in a combat zone (if the military deems it an act of heroism, the award is given with a “V” device).


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; airforce; airnationalguard; bronzestar; dhimmitude; islam; jontrainer; koran; muhammadsminions; multicult; muslims; pc; politicalcorrectness; powerpoint; quran; sensitivity; usaf
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1 posted on 03/12/2013 6:44:59 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

It’s always bad manners to get the neck blood of non believers on the cover.


2 posted on 03/12/2013 6:46:34 PM PDT by Dallas59 (America died a little bit more on 11/6/2012)
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To: DogByte6RER

Is this semi news/semi satire?


3 posted on 03/12/2013 6:47:40 PM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (One "bitter clinger" praying for revival. <BCC><)
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Link to the original article ...

Local chaplain played vital role in war

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local/local-chaplain-played-vital-role-in-war/nWhTm/


4 posted on 03/12/2013 6:47:52 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

All men and women who serve are worthy. Thank you for your service Chaplin.

That said, this award seems to demean/deminish the service of others who earned a Bronze Star. Just sayin’.


5 posted on 03/12/2013 6:48:56 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Blue Collar Christian

I wish it were so.

Just like academia has grade inflation, now our miltary has hero inflation.


6 posted on 03/12/2013 6:49:03 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

His name is Trainer too? LOL. This has to be a joke. Did the media fall for another fake site?


7 posted on 03/12/2013 6:49:48 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: DogByte6RER

Makes this medal pretty much worthless.


8 posted on 03/12/2013 6:51:08 PM PDT by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: DogByte6RER

... at least he didn’t get the “V” to put on his Bronze Star.


9 posted on 03/12/2013 6:51:30 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: DogByte6RER

This makes me want to crap.

I’ll be needing some paper!

Thinking further, does the skid mark in my shorts spell Mohammed, in Arabic?


10 posted on 03/12/2013 6:52:58 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: DogByte6RER
This line from the original story in the Dayton paper makes me think someone fell for a joke.

Trainer, who would like to volunteer to serve as chaplain in Antarctica next...

11 posted on 03/12/2013 6:53:45 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: DogByte6RER

It’s only “hate” if you’re conservative.


12 posted on 03/12/2013 6:53:54 PM PDT by papertyger (It's only "hate" if you're conservative.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I can see. My question was rhetorical.

I wonder when all service members will get the smiley face ribbon...


13 posted on 03/12/2013 6:56:30 PM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (One "bitter clinger" praying for revival. <BCC><)
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To: DogByte6RER

“Bronze Star — a medal given for heroic or meritorious achievement in connection with operations against an armed enemy.”

Actually, without the V device, it is for meritorius service in a combat zone.

I personally do not think what he did warrants a Bronze Star. He was merely doing his job. The ONLY way I can see it as remotely warranting such an award is IF the training directly saved the lives of Americans military personnel. That is probably what those that awarded this thought.

I doubt they were right, but I wasn’t there to know.


14 posted on 03/12/2013 6:59:01 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: DogByte6RER

I am going to vomit, because this stupidity makes me want to drink to excess.


15 posted on 03/12/2013 7:01:22 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Bronze Star...who cares.

You'll get a Silver Star if you kiss Obama's fanny...and a Medal of Honor if you say something nice about Michelle's wide load.

16 posted on 03/12/2013 7:01:48 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: DogByte6RER
One of my great-uncles got a bronze star on New Guinea for dragging a wounded soldier to safety under fire.

And now they give them out for powerpoint presentations...Excuse while I throw up.

17 posted on 03/12/2013 7:02:02 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: DogByte6RER

I am that chaplain; member of FR since 2000.

It would have been kind of Patrick Brennan to at least drop me or my commander a line before posting an article on The Corner is a manner that is demeaning of my service to this great nation.

Unless Mr. Brennan or someone else at The Corner (which I frequent almost daily) has read my Bronze Star citation in full, or has talked to my commander, or others with whom I have served, or even myself, it seems journalistic malpractice at the very best to just post-away.

And here is what I posted at NRO:

“This is an end of tour award. Standard fair for the rank, position, and responsibility I held during this tour—Training Chaplain for all the of the chaplains in Afghanistan and Garrison Chaplain at New Kabul Compound in Kabul. Events of serious consequence occurred while in theater; the article highlights those. The way the original article is written implies the BSM was given for writing a PPT presentation. This does not represent the facts nor the bullet points in the BSM write-up.”

This just highlights to me the dangers of our new media where a journo feels free to run with a blog post or posters feel free to demean someone’s character without making an ounce of effort to get the facts.

The guy who wrote the original story was an old fashioned journalist who came to my office at the request of my commander. He came with a pen and paper and took notes—just like the good old days.

Thanks!
Chap T


18 posted on 03/12/2013 7:03:46 PM PDT by carpediem365 (sola deo gloria)
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To: DogByte6RER
what... no V device???
19 posted on 03/12/2013 7:06:15 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: mnehring

ping


20 posted on 03/12/2013 7:06:35 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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