Christian Fighter Pilot to Lead US Marine Corps
A variety of news sources are reporting that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will submit the name of current Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps General James Amos as the next Commandant of the Marine Corps. Interestingly, Amos’ appointment would break Marine Corps tradition because he is a fighter pilot (much like the appointment of General Norton Schwartz — a cargo pilot — broke the Air Force tradition of fighter and bomber pilots).
General James Amos is also a Christian.
In 2009, Gen Amos was one of several speakers at the Capitol Hill celebration of the National Day of Prayer. In his remarks he was unequivocal about his faith and the power of prayer in his military life:
I was saved many years ago as a Lieutenant going through flight school. We raised our children in a Christian family, and so I know church on Sunday morning, I know Sunday School, I know church on Sunday night, I know church on Wednesday night and I know Bible studies. That was part of our family life…
But when you’re poised on the border with 70,000 Marines and another 130,000 Soldiers, and you’re about to cross into a land that you’ve prepared well for but that is still a great uncertainty, prayer has a way of tightening up in your life…
To hear it in his own words, take a listen (5:48 total):