Edition 23

22 Sep 2022

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Coast Guard Academy Gives Seven Cadets

24 Hours to Get Off Base After

Denying Vaccine Mandate Appeals

Despite several on-going court cases and recent court ordered injections prohibiting the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps from punishing or discharging those seeking COVID vaccine religious exemptions (a request for a similar injunction regarding Coast Guard personnel is being reviewed), on 18 Aug the Coast Guard Academy gave seven cadets until 1600 on Friday, 19 Aug to get off base. In July, the government legal counsel agreed not to take any adverse action against the cadets until 1 Sep, with the understanding that the injunction request would be litigated by then. As the deadline approached, an extension was requested, but not acted on.

Although not discharged, they were ordered to report to a temporary duty assignment (later referred to as “alternative work site arrangement”) at their home of record (they were not allowed to change this address regardless of whether or not their parents could take them in) and to maintain Coast Guard standards and training in case the litigation is decided in their favor and they are allowed to return; except they are not allowed to attend classes remotely. They were ordered to make their own travel arrangements and use their personal credit cards. As of the date of this publication, they were still fighting for reimbursement, per diem and the basic allowance for housing legally required for service members on active duty and not living in government quarters. Two of the cadets were not able to move back in with their parents; one of them lived out of his truck for four days until a friend took him in expecting rent and utility help. In another case, the cadet’s unemployed mom had to stop renting his room, losing vital income and forcing her to charge him rent and utilities, amounts not possible on cadet pay.

The cadets have been ordered not to talk to the press.

One of the cadets, a senior, told STARRS: “As for my passion to serve, I truly loved being at the academy and made it my entire world for the three years I was there. I will always be a little hurt if I never get to become an officer. But with the direction that the service is turning—woke propaganda, transgender crap, meaningless and hurtful vaccines—I’m not so sure if I want to be a part of that if the military continues turn its back on the core principles it built itself on.”

Because STARRS’ lead attorney, Mike Rose, is representing more than 30 military members, including some of these cadets, fighting for the right not to be forced to take the experimental COVID vaccines on religious grounds, we were able to break the story in a press release on 25 Aug. Rob Maness published the story right away. The AP followed with quotes from Mr Rose the following week. Mr Rose gave a detailed interview on One America News on 5 Sep.

Watch Mike Rose's Interview on the One America News Network

Help these seven cadets and other service members fighting the denial of their religious accommodation requests and those fighting on the grounds that the mandate is illegal by donating to the STARRS Litigation Fund.

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2. Digital Media and Information Technology Specialist to include website management, social media and other IT related tasks

3. Treasurer

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Boots on the Ground Perspectives

on Woke Distractions to the Mission

USAFA Holds Diversity and Inclusion Training

On Wed, 7 Sep, USAFA Cadets received another Diversity and Inclusion briefing. During the training they were told to ask each other about their “pronouns” and counseled to use inclusive language like “partner” instead of “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” and “parents”, “caregivers” or “guardians” instead of “mom” or “dad.” They were also told not to use phrases such as “colorblind,” “I don’t see color” or “we’re all just people.”

One cadet’s reaction: “It was identity politics on steroids.”

Another cadet said many cadets sit through the sessions, then mock them. They don’t take it seriously.

This past summer, a cadet who was serving as cadre during Basic Cadet Training was ordered to ask all his cadets if they were “gender fluid” or not.

Nickaylah Sampson’s Experience at West Point was the Racism of Low Expectations

As she described her experiences:


“When I was 17 and still a candidate, my diversity admissions counselor invited me on a free trip to shadow a cadet. No other specifications were given about the trip, but either way, I was ecstatic and happy that West Point thought me good enough to invite on a free trip. By the way, I did not know at the time that only black applicants get diversity counselors in addition to our regional field force reps. West Point just assumed that I needed help applying because I am black and female. My mother and I arrived at a conference room in the Double Tree hotel where we were instructed to go, and to our astonishment we entered a room of exclusively black people and officers. I was shocked, and more so shocked that the entire thing was treated as if there was nothing unusual about the situation. We were never told that this visit, which I discovered was called the “Inspire Program,” was only for black kids. I felt degraded and segregated. My officer only confirmed my suspicions when we cadet candidates were lined up and he announced that “these are the most competitive African-American cadet candidates in the United States!” Immediately I felt used. Like they didn’t want me for my merit, but for the color of my skin. I later discovered that one of the candidates had failed the Candidate Fitness Assessment two times already. How could we possibly be the most competitive? When we arrived at West Point, we were only paired with black plebes because they said “your experience at West Point is more likely to be similar to those of other black kids”. Again I was shocked. I didn’t realize it then because I was so caught up in my desire to attend the Academy, but I realize that it was purely segregation on the basis of race. They didn’t care about my abilities, they cared more about my color than about mission readiness. Now, I can firmly say that the only “systemic racism” I have ever experienced was perpetuated by people of my own race. The whole agenda has taken over, inside and out.”

Tennessee National Guard Soldier Injured in Line of Duty Talks Adverse COVID Vaccine Experience

A National Guard Soldier was told he had to get the vaccine or he’d be kicked out, ending the on-going medical board process for a line-of-duty injury. He was told if he didn’t get the shot, he’d even lose the VA benefits he was authorized based on the in-service injury from 2016. He’d also lose his security clearance, resulting in the loss of his civilian job.

So he got the shot. Soon he had adverse reactions and went to the emergency room via ambulance where they could not find the cause of his symptoms. Therefore, they advised him not to get the second dose. He still has persistent shortness of breath, memory issues, and other symptoms. After all of this, the Tennessee National Guard is still attempting to force the soldier to get the second COVID vaccine shot.

“I don’t know what to do. I still don’t want to get the second shot after everything that’s happened, but I have to take care of my family’s future. I just don’t know what to do,” he said.

Read The Full Article

Marine’s Commander Defies Court Order

and Punishes Marine for Not Taking

the COVID Vaccine

Read The Article

What is Wrong with the 

Military’s Vaccine Mandates?

As time goes on and more data from the general public, medical field and scientific research breaks through the censorship filters, it is becoming clear that the beneficial period of the vaccines is in the distant past and the documented cases of adverse reactions (including thousands of deaths) are drastically increasing, tipping the cost-benefit analysis away from vaccine mandates. This travesty persists notwithstanding the question of the legality of mandating (and punishing people for non-compliance) an emergency-use authorized vaccine.

Key issues to consider:

1. The currently available vaccines were developed to combat a variant that has long since disappeared as the virus mutated;

2. Full human trials have yet to be completed for the original versions, let alone recent updated formulas, hence the only available vaccines are still under Emergency Use Authorizations, so the mandates are illegal;

3. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED) databases show astronomical adverse reactions to the COVID vaccines compared to all other other vaccines combined;

4. All-cause death rates, especially in younger demographics, have skyrocketed since the introduction of the vaccines;

5. Vaccine injuries, the sidelining/discharging of thousands of service members, and the fact that 40 percent of American youth 17-24 have not received the vaccine and hence not eligible to enlist logically must be having a greater negative impact on readiness than the service members contracting the virus itself;

6. Scientific data is demonstrating that the vaccines are having a significant adverse impact on the immune system, increasing the risk to everyone from all causes of illness and disease.

The articles and video interviews exposing these concerns are multiplying but being suppressed by the government, not reported by the majority of media outlets and ignored by most of the medical establishment. WHY?

Study the linked reports below for detailed evidence

DoD, Judicial and Congressional Activities



Marine Corps and SEALs Rolling Back Penalties for Service Members Seeking COVID Vaccine Religious Accommodations

The U.S. Marine Corps is quietly walking back strict penalties for service members who are asking for religious accommodations to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Watch the Fox News Video

More than a dozen House Republicans signed a letter calling on Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to update vaccine requirements based on the CDC’s Aug 11, 2022 guidance and end the military’s vaccine mandate.

Article & Letter

22 States File Legal Brief In Support Of Navy SEALs Still Battling Biden’s COVID Jab Mandate

Federalist Article

Pentagon Potentially Broke Federal Law Handling Religious

Vaccine Waivers, IG Memo Says

A June 2 memo from Sean O’Donnell, the acting Department of Defense’s (DoD) Inspector General, reportedly warned Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin that the DoD’s processes for evaluating COVID-19 vaccine exemption requests are in “potential noncompliance” with federal religious freedom laws - yet three months later, nothing has changed.

Read The American Military News Article

Medical Evidence

Millennials Experienced "84 Percent Rise of Excess Mortality" Into Fall 2021

Edward Dowd, author of the upcoming book ‘Cause Unknown’: The Epidemic of Sudden Deaths in 2021 & 2022, has been analyzing data related to all-cause mortality since March 2021. Based on CDC data, he found that “The age cohort from 25 to 44, which we call the millennials, experienced an 84 percent rise of excess mortality into the fall of 2021—August, September, October—and the rate of change was just dramatic.” A major insurance company agreed, reporting “In the 25 to 34 [age group], they saw 78 percent excess mortality in the third quarter of 2021. They also saw in the 35 to 44 age group 100 percent excess mortality.” When combined those groups show an 84 percent increase in mortality.

The Epoch Times Article

VA Whistleblower Reports Strokes, Heart Conditions, Cancer Exploding in Young Veterans

Watch The Stew Peters Show

Dr. Robert Malone, creator of mRNA Technology

The Continued Damages to Our Children

"The data are becoming overwhelming that jabbing kids is a bad idea."

Dr. Malone's Video & Article

Excess Mortality: Are COVID Measures to Blame for Thousands of Unexpected Weekly Deaths?

Article About Excess Deaths in the UK

Data Doesn't Lie: mRNA-Vaccines and Correlation to All-Cause Mortality

Because the mRNA vaccines travel throughout the body, they can adversely impact any organ. Doctors are seeing all sorts of symptoms. There is not a single adverse effect. A Netherlands study of patients over 60 years old showed 800 excess deaths per 1,000,000 vaccinations within a week of vaccination, and the excess deaths continue at a lower rate in the weeks to follow.

Video and Transcript of Interview with Drs. Robert Malone and Theo Schetters

New Harvard/John’s Hopkins Study Found COVID-19 Vaccines 98 Times Worse Than the Virus

Read The Article

Dr Kelly Victory, a Board-Certified Trauma & Emergency Specialist who works with earlycovidcare.org, explains that there may have been justification early on to give the vaccine to a 92 year-old debilitated nursing home patient to at least gain some protection from the original strain, but the efficacy has long since been below zero (i.e. you are more likely to contract COVID the more vaccinated you are) and may increase the risk of other illnesses, due to adverse impacts on the immune system. In 18-29 year olds, for every one hospitalization prevented, from 18 up to 98 serious adverse impacts (death, near death, hospitalization, permanent disability) can be expected.

Watch the Interview
Read The Study

Data: Young Adults Dying in Record Numbers, but Not From COVID-19

According to the government data many more people are dying than would be expected based on averages from the last five to seven years, and averages from years prior to COVID. Many of these excess deaths are occurring in young, otherwise healthy adults.

Epoch Health Article

21-year-old college football lineman Clark Yarbrough suddenly collapsed and died on 5 Sep 2022

1323 Athlete Cardiac Arrests, Serious Issues, 

900 Dead, After COVID Injection

The site GoodSciencing.com has been cataloging all sudden deaths of athletes from around the world since the COVID vaccines were rolled out. So far they have accumulated nearly 900 sudden athlete deaths in the past 20 months (~540/year and growing). They include several other studies from various institutions showing the normal athlete sudden death rate average before the vaccines was ~29-66 per year. 

Here's The Data

Insurance Companies - Massive Increase in Disability/Excess Death Among Young Vax'ed Population!

CD Media

The data appears to show a correlation between the number of shots and increased health issues.

Watch The CD Media Video

Healthy Mother Left In Wheelchair With Blood Clots After Getting COVID Vaccine

Kerry Hurt is a 43-year-old mother from the United Kingdom who was left in a wheelchair after trying to do "'the right thing" by getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Red Voice Media Report

Mysterious Fiberous Clots Are Being Found in 50-70% of All Corpses Post COVID & is Believed to be Caused by the Vaccines

MJTruth Video

“I’m an funeral director/

embalmer…guess what we’ve been seeing the past 26 months we hadn’t seen before…blood clots from quacked people…but let’s not talk about it.”

View the Post

Embalmer Richard Hirschman: Vaccinated Related Bloodcots “This is Not Normal!!”

Watch Video

The Woke Military

The Rise of Wokeness in the Military

By Thomas Spoehr; Director, Center for National Defense at the Heritage Foundation

Wokeness in the military is being imposed by elected and appointed leaders in the White House, Congress and the Pentagon who have little understanding of the purpose, character, traditions and requirements of the institution they are trying to change. Woke ideology undermines military readiness in various ways. It undermines cohesiveness by emphasizing differences based on race, ethnicity and sex. It undermines leadership authority by introducing questions about whether promotion is based on merit or quota requirements. It leads to military personnel serving in specialties and areas for which they are not qualified or ready. And it takes time and resources away from training activities and weapons development that contribute to readiness.

Read Hilldale's Imprimis Article

Air Force Leaders Set

New Goals to 

Diversify Officer Corps

Air Force and Space Force leaders have laid out a new vision for more diversity in the officer corps, aiming to boost the proportion of minority airmen and guardians in fields traditionally staffed by white men.

The Air Force Times Article
Air Force Magazine Article

The Air Force Academy Recruiting Crisis A Self-Inflicted Wound

By Scott Sturman, MD, STARRS Board of Advisors, USAFA ’72

In 2022 USAFA experienced a precipitous 28% decline in total applications and 46% drop in qualified applications compared to the previous year. The US Military Academy and the US Naval Academy draw from the same applicant pool but saw applications diminish by 10% and 20% respectively. Although the USAFA administration blames the application crisis on COVID, the problem is more complex. Critical Race Theory, the Academy's robust Diversity and Inclusion Program, the COVID vaccine mandate, and the politicization of the institution have all contributed to this self-inflicted wound.

Read the Article

‘Woke’ Military Policies to Blame for Recruitment Crisis, Service Members Say

The U.S. Army is expected to fall nearly 40,000 troops short of its recruiting goals over the next two years. The Army is blaming youth obesity, addiction, medical, and behavioral health issues, and a lack of understanding regarding the benefits of military service in the general public. The Army says all these issues have been magnified by COVID restrictions. Military members think there is a lot more going on.

One Soldier with 15 years of service doesn't see the same interest in patriotism as in the past. "Much of the country doesn't love America like it use to,” he said. In

his opinion, "we now have a Department of Defense [DoD] that has taken various political positions that are very much opposed to the heart of America.”

A Marine source had similar views explaining, “Military readiness has been impacted in the past few years by 'a toxic combination of poor leadership and the politicization of the military.'”

An Air Force Master Sergeant said: “There is an imbalanced focus on diversity over performance when deciding the fate of an Airman’s career."

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Our Educational Mission in Action

Episode 16 - The Intellectuals:  

STARRS President, Dr Ron Scott interviews retired Air Force Colonel and author Tracey Meck (STARRS VP Digital Media, USAFA ’87). They discuss her military experiences including what it was like in the early years of expanding the roles of women in the military, commanding a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan and her military career in general. They then discuss her book See You Along the Way, Reflections of a Veteran Hiking the Camino de Santiago which discusses her 500-mile hike of reflection and personal re-discovery and how her military experiences affected her spiritual journey. Finally, they cover why she is passionate about STARRS and trying to reverse the trend of Marxism infiltrating the military.

Watch the Video Interview

"I Don't Know What's Happening.

I Don't Know 

Why the Policy Has Not Changed"

Lt John Bowes discusses challenges of 700 unvaccinated US pilots with Jim Hoft,

The Gateway Pundit

Watch The Gateway Pundit Video or Read the Transcript

Marxism In U.S. Military Exposed: The Intentional Plan To Dismantle America's Armed Forces

Matt Lohmeier, STARRS Director of Operations, USAFA '06, interviewed on The Stew Peters Show. 

Stew contends that the COVID vaccine mandate has more to do with purging the military of those willing to refuse the vaccine in order to create a new military that is more politically compliant if it ever had to be used against Americans. For his part, former Lieutenant Colonel Matt Lohmeier stated that the overall situation is dire and he describes how he wrote his book Irresistible Revolution to warn the country and its leadership of the dangers of the Marxist infiltration. Though his book was apolitical – indeed, its focus was to highlight the dangers of advocating political activism in the military – he was fired from his position as a squadron commander in the Space Force. Ironically, Lohmeier was compelled to leave the service for engaging in politics, specifically the need for the military to be apolitical.

It used to be that one thing all Americans could agree on was that Marxism is anti-American. Communism was the enemy and, if allowed to infiltrate, would destroy our country and way of life. Marxism was what we fought the Cold War over! Matt implores all Americans not to give up, but rather get involved and stand up for America and help turn things around.

Watch Matt's Interview on the Stew Peters Show

Lt Gen Rod Bishop interviewed on Audrey Russo’s REELTalk Radio

Audry Russo hosts Lt Gen Rod Bishop, STARRS Chairman of the Board, on her podcast. They discuss the radicalization of the US military academies and the military in general. Gen Bishop describes recent examples of neo-Marxist indoctrination and how CRT started infiltrating the military after Congress established the Military Diversity Commission in 2008, and kicked in the after-burners based on President Obama’s Executive Order instituting Diversity and Inclusion Officers in all departments of the federal government in August 2011. They also discuss the problems with the vaccine mandates, to include the infringement on service member rights, loss of troops, difficulties in recruiting and associated impacts on readiness. Of particular interest is Gen Bishop’s discussion differentiating the COVID vaccine program from the Anthrax vaccine program. He also points out common characteristics of those facing discharge as Christian, conservative and critical thinkers. The military needs the perspectives of these people to balance discussions and decisions to ensure the best outcome, as opposed to basing decisions on the limited view points of the one ideology. Gen Bishop states: “Unity is our greatest strength, and it is made all the more greater because we are a diverse nation.”

Listen to the Podcast

Evidence of Indoctrination and Radicalism in the Military

West Point Cites Karl Marx, Teaches Radical

CRT to Cadets: Investigation

By Ben Johnson, The Washington Stand, Aug 10, 2022

The institution charged with training the next generation of American military leaders teaches that “racism” marks every aspect of U.S. society, “slavery” is alive and well in the United States, capitalism oppresses the poor, and it indoctrinates soldiers in feminism and “queer theory,” a Freedom of Information Act request has found.

Read The Washington Stand Article and Watch a Related Video on the Washington Watch with Tony Perkins

U.S. Forces Ordered to Stop Using Gender 

Pronouns to Improve ‘Lethality’

Pacific Air Force base bans references to gender, age, and race

“The shift to more neutral language will help improve the fighting force’s 'lethality'."

Read the Article in The Free Beacon

A Heartbroken Grad Watches the Woke 

Descent of the US Naval Academy

By Drew Reiner, American Thinker, Sept 4, 2022

Read the Article

Navy SEALs Spend More Time on

Diversity Training Than Warfighting, SEAL Vets Say

Read the American Military News Article

CRT, Wokism & Radicalism

in the Community

'Equity' Is a Communist Tactic That Destroys Nations: Cultural Revolution Survivor

Lily Tang Williams

American Thought Leaders, Jan Jekielek, August 18, EpochTV

“Under Mao’s Cultural Revolution, they can find something you wrote, something you said many years ago, and then demonize you as an ‘oppressor.’ … You lose your job. You go to camps. You go to struggle sessions. Have you seen the struggle sessions in America today? It’s called less whiteness training.”

“I see the writing on the wall,” Lily Tang Wiiliams says. From statues being toppled to the push for “equity,” to people losing their businesses and their careers because they refused the COVID vaccines, America is descending into the same kind of authoritarianism she fled from, Williams says.

Watch the interview with Lily Tang Williams on Epoch TV
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