Military Chaplin Awarded Bronze Star for Teaching Sensitivity about Islam with PowerPoint Presentation


After the accidental burning last year of Qurans by U.S. troops in Afghanistan sparked deadly rioting, an Air National Guard chaplain from Springfield stepped in and potentially saved countless American lives. For his effort, Lt. Col. Jon Trainer received the prestigious Bronze Star — a medal given for heroic or meritorious achievement in connection with operations against an armed enemy, and he did it with a PowerPoint presentation.

Trainer, who’s now in the running to be named Chaplain of the Year for the entire Air Guard, was in the third month of his voluntary deployment to Afghanistan last February when U.S. troops at Bagram Airfield mistakenly burned copies of the Muslim holy book. The ensuing outrage claimed more than 30 lives, including two U.S. troops and two U.S. military advisers.

The Bronze Star Medal is an individual military award of the United States Armed Forces. It may be awarded for acts of heroism, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone. The Bronze Star and is the fifth-highest combat decoration. Brainwashing U.S soldiers about Islam does not qualify for a Bronze Star by any stretch of the imagination. This demeans every military member who earned the medal by displaying disregard for one’s own personal safety in the defense of others.

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