Meanwhile, Russia’s navy sailed close to Hawaii and American jets were scrambled in response to long-range bombers.
As China and Russia beef up their military, the current administration has focused on divisive Critical Race Theory and sensitivity training in the military. Just recently, a base held a Drag Queen show.
A U.S. Air Force base responded to controversy about a drag queen show hosted by the base by saying the performance was “essential to the morale, cohesion, and readiness of the military.”
Nellis AFB staged its first ever drag queen show on June 17th called ‘Drag-u-Nellis’ – which it said was important in teaching military personnel the “significance of Drag in the LGBT+ Community.”
After some veterans raised concerns about why such an event was being hosted, Nellis hit back with a statement defending the show.
From The New York Post:
In his statement, Nellis spokesman Lt. Col. Bryon McGarry said the event “was sponsored by a private organization and provided an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the history and significance of drag performance art within the LGBT+ community.”
The private organization in question is the Nellis Air Force Base Pride committee. The committee focuses on diversity and inclusion initiatives and consists of volunteers from across the base.
“Ensuring our ranks reflect and are inclusive of the American people is essential to the morale, cohesion, and readiness of the military,” his statement continued. “Nellis Air Force Base is committed to providing and championing an environment that is characterized by equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion.”
I wonder how many of the airmen and service personnel were required to attend, under orders to develop “unit cohesion” or learn more “tolerance.”
I am not the only one currently questioning the priorities of the current military leadership that the Biden administration has installed.
So @NellisAFB is having a base-sanctioned drag Queen show; isn’t that awesome?
Maybe some of our military “journalists” can call them up and ask them about this. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/CJdGjpuun9
— BKactual (@BravoKiloActual) June 18, 2021
@NellisAFB just saw on Fox that Nellie sponsored a drag queen show. How FN embarrassing for all of us Air Force retirees! A travesty for the center of gravity for Air Force warfare.. I’m shocked ! Shame on the senior leaders who thought this was a good idea.
— juan sanchez (@BullDog_Watch) June 23, 2021
U.S. Air Force Base Says Drag Queen Show Was “Essential For Morale, recruiting cohesion, and readiness of the military ” – https://t.co/4238he9DKU @NellisAFB Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says the Air Force is doing a “great job of recruiting the right kinds of people.”
— Leslie Mack (@lesliemack) June 23, 2021
Last week, a contingent of Russian ships sailed off the coast of Hawaii. Reports indicate the vessel may have come between 23 and 35 miles from the state.
U.S. military officials now those vessels participating in a Russian naval exercise in international waters off Hawaii have begun to move away from the islands.
Capt. Mike Kafka, a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command spokesman, said the closest Russian ships were confirmed to have come within 20 to 30 nautical miles off Hawaii.
“We closely tracked all vessels,” he said.
“The Russian vessels are transiting west and are out of the Hawaii Operation Area. As part of our normal daily operations, we continue to track all vessels in the Indo-Pacific area of operations through maritime patrol aircraft, surface ship, and joint capabilities.”
However, Russian officials offered a different number in the official record.
The Russian ships’ proximity to the U.S. is at odds with a statement issued by the Kremlin’s Ministry of Defense on Monday, which said vessels from its Pacific fleet had been conducting major exercises around 2,500 miles southeast of the Kuril Islands. This would put them between 300 and 500 miles off the coast of Hawaii.
Kafka did not confirm which Russian vessels had been in the area, but the Ministry of Defense statement had said the Pacific fleet flagship Varyag, the destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov and four corvettes were taking part in the drills.
The U.S. Navy spokesperson also declined to comment on whether any warnings had been issued to Russian vessels in the region, saying, “I am not going to get into our tactic and procedures,” according to The Drive. “I can say that we operate in accordance with international law and expect Russia to do the same.”
Additionally, American jets scrambled last week in response to the presence of Russian long-range bombers.
American fighter jets were twice in flight over Hawaii earlier this month as a precaution against Russian bombers training in the region, ABC News has learned.
A U.S. defense official told ABC News that F-22 Raptors were sent out on patrol from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam near Honolulu on June 13 and 18 due to a large-scale Russian military exercise taking place off the coast of Hawaii.
A second U.S. defense official told ABC News that the Russian bombers never even entered the air defense identification zone (ADIZ), an area in international airspace that serves as a buffer outside a country’s territorial airspace to give it time to intercept and vet any aircraft before it might reach sovereign territory.
Therefore, the F-22s never intercepted the Russian warplanes but rather were sent airborne mainly as a precaution in case they crossed into the ADIZ, which itself would have been a backstop against them entering U.S. territorial airspace.
Perhaps it is wiser for this country to no longer act as the “world’s policeman.” But did we have to turn into the “world’s drag queen?”DONATE
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