USAFA Hosts Transgenders at Character Symposium
Last week, the US Air Force Academy hosted its annual National Character and Leadership Symposium. Superintendent LtGen Jay Silveria — fresh off his “diversity” Op-Ed — noted that diversity was a large part of this year’s NCLS as well:
[Silveria said] the Air Force Academy’s appreciation for diversity and its willingness to respectfully address controversy make the school stronger…
The theme of the event is “Ethics and Respect for Human Dignity, a topic Silveria called “timely and pertinent.”
USAFA’s opening press release noted speakers at the NCLS included Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Virginia Prodan, Maj. Colin Merrin, Dr. Erroll Southers, Anne Munch, and “social critic” Cornell West.
That list dropped one reference from their initial press release: “members of a transgender panel.”
The NCLS included two panels. One was about moral decision making and leadership as fighter pilots, which asked
How do ethics shape the decision making process for Fighter Pilots? Does the respect for human dignity affect aggressiveness, lethality, and rules of engagement in a hostile combat environment?
The other panel was actually a couple, now known as Laila and Logan Ireland, who are both transgender (in opposite directions) and members of sexual activist organizations. The two-person “panel” purported to address the questions of
daily lives of transgender service members, issues they face and current military policies on transgender service. What military standards do they follow? How is that decided? Does being transgender affect one’s ability to deploy?
Without apparent irony, however, the two were introduced with the note that President Trump still hasn’t finalized military policy on transgender service — and has indicated his intent to change the policy currently in place. In that respect, USAFA’s hosting of the two was consistent with the USAFA’s Superintendent’s Op Ed last week.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis delivered his recommendation on the policy after this event took place. Reportedly, the policy recommendation includes allowing transgenders to continue serving if they currently are — but unknown is what it said about transgenders who want to enlist.
The NYTimes opined that this was an opportunity for President Trump to “do right by transgender troops“, and the Stars and Stripes repeated the sensationalist propaganda from The Virginian Pilot that a “transgender sailor was ready to die for America; Then President Trump tweeted.”
The USAFA NCLS announcement had indicated one of its goals was to “stretch your thinking” — though, interestingly, the NCLS appeared to only have one type of “thinking” on display. While several times people noted the topic of transgenders might make some “uncomfortable,” it does not appear the 2018 NCLS included anyone whose perspective on transgenders was different. How’s that “diversity” thing work, again?