On Oct 20, 2021, the President and CEO of STARRS, Lt Gen Rod Bishop, USAFA’74, resigned from his position as a governing trustee in the Falcon Foundation, citing the “Marxist-rooted ideological invasion” currently happening at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Gen Bishop elaborates in his resignation letter, e-mailed to the foundation officers, that this ideological indoctrination and instruction packaged as Critical Race Theory, is a pertinent example of the dangerous divisiveness being caused across our entire military.
In spite of Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin denying the Department is teaching CRT, Air Force Academy associate professor of political science Lynne Chandler Garcia brags she is teaching CRT.
Gen Bishop adds in his letter, in response to these troubling divisive signals, “…who is going to want to serve [this nation and her people] if one is taught America is inherently evil or irredeemably racist?”
Other reasons Gen Bishop cites for his resignation include the White House Administration’s suspension of the USAFA Board of Visitors (BOV).
This includes the termination of all service academy BOV members appointed by President Donald J. Trump and DoD’s purported authorization of new “subcommittees” whose members to be appointed by DoD would “pack” the BOV with members beyond that authorized by Congress. No Academy BOV oversight or meeting has occurred this year to date. Two lawsuits are challenging these actions.
Gen Bishop encouraged foundation officers and trustees to stay engaged and hopefully move the organization toward becoming a strong voice standing up against this poisonous ideology infecting USAFA—an ideology that is clearly driving a wedge into the heart of military cohesiveness.
He also invited members to join our efforts in STARRS citing that STARRS supporters believe military commissioning sources should concentrate upon “developing leaders ready to face the threats of an increasingly dangerous world: the threat from cyber criminals and state-based actors; the threat of a nuclearized Iran; rejuvenated terrorist operations perhaps led by a victorious and resurgent Taliban; and, most critically, the rising threat from China (this year—seriously threatening Taiwan and developing hypersonic missile capability—after brutally suppressing Hong Kong last year).”
Gen Bishop implores the receivers of his message do what they can, to not allow the destruction of our military through divisive ideology!