USAFA General Now Admits Being in the Tank for Mikey Weinstein
Until this summer, Col Martin “Marty” France was the Head of the Department of Astronautics at the US Air Force Academy, and he had been for some years. As a permanent professor he was allowed to maintain his rank and his position — and then retire with a promotion, as a Brigadier General.
Nine days after he retired, one of BGen (retired) France’s first acts as a civilian was publicly joining Michael “Mikey” Weinstein’s MRFF.
In fact, it seems he isn’t ashamed of admitting he was in the tank for Mikey all along, even while he served on the USAFA faculty [emphasis added]:
I’ve known Mikey Weinstein for almost 15 years—since the very founding days of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation…I worked closely with Mikey and the MRFF during my time at the US Air Force Academy as a Permanent Professor…
BGen France would have been the Department Head when his NCO, TSgt Brandon Longcrier, sponsored the controversial pagan circle and its ensuing cross “non-vandalism.” BGen France also introduced a Christian astronaut as “the kind of officer every cadet in this room should aspire to be.”
As a department head, then-Col France worked directly with the Dean and would have had intimate access to the leadership discussions at USAFA.
And you wonder how Mikey Weinstein obtained internal USAFA emails, etc.?
While some may be shocked, it pales in comparison to the story of then-LtGen Jack Rives, who was the top Air Force lawyer responsible for defending the Air Force against Mikey Weinstein‘s attacks — and yet he was an ardent supporter of Mikey Weinstein the entire time.
Don’t be surprised that Mikey Weinstein has allies and friends in high places, however. Like society itself, the military is made up of all kinds of people. It, too, has its patriots, saints, and saviors — and it also has its blowhards, bigots, and bullies.
If nothing else, there is some small comfort in knowing that despite his “friends in high places,” Mikey Weinstein’s actual influence — beyond his bluster — is essentially nil.