Does SecDef Austin’s “Diversity and Inclusion Agenda” constitute prohibited partisan political activity?

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Matthew Lohmeier, US Space Force, has been relieved of his command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron – a unit responsible for detecting ballistic missile launches – by Lieutenant General (LTG) Stephen Whiting, Commander of the Space Operations Command.  According to, LTC Lohmeier was relieved over a loss of confidence in his ability to lead.

Reportedly, according to a Space Force spokesperson via email, “This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast.”  LTG “…Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity.”

In general, there is a prohibition against members of the US Military participating in partisan political activity, but they are allowed to express personal opinions when not in uniform.  I strongly recommend that anyone interested in the combat readiness and effectiveness of the US Military, which are intrinsically related to individual and unit morale and cohesiveness, should read the article in its entirety for necessary background and context.

I spent nearly 23 years in a US Army Career devoted to fighting Communism while engaged in active combat, in deployments to actively deter Communist aggression, and participating in and directing and controlling individual and organizational training to fight this nation’s enemies.  I rose from Private E-1 to ultimately retire as a Lieutenant Colonel at the end of the Cold War on 1 August, 1990.

Over the course of that career, I offered a total of four Oaths of Office (one Enlisted Member oath, plus Officer oaths as my career progressed through Warrant Officer, Reserve Commissioned Officer, and Regular Army Officer) to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  Communist ideology (no matter how it’s cloaked as Socialism, Democratic Socialism, or extreme Progressivism) constitutes a clear and present danger to our Constitution, and its adherents and proponents are by definition enemies of the United States as they seek to overthrow our Constitutional Republic by means both legal and illegal, and constitutional and unconstitutional.

I have previously voiced the opinion that Critical Theory in general, and Critical Race Theory and its academic derivatives in particular, are evil by nature (because they are deliberate attempts to destabilize our society based on Marxist principles) and the American Extreme Left who support and espouse these theories constitute the greatest current existential threat to our rights and freedoms as Americans.  The purges currently in progress directly in our Military, the ongoing suppression of Conservative and Classical Liberal thought and expression by main stream media and major Information Technology and Entertainment corporations and their hosting and social media arms, and the ongoing political campaigns of the American Extreme Left for “Truth and Reconciliation Commissions” to purge American Society of Conservative and Classic Liberal thought, speech, and action, are all stark evidence that my assessment of this threat is correct.

I leave you with the following question:

If LTC Lohmeier’s expression of opposition to Secretary of Defense (SecDef) Austin’s Diversity and Inclusion Agenda constitutes “prohibited partisan political activity” then does it not follow that the implementation of that Agenda itself must constitute “prohibited partisan political activity?”

If the Agenda itself is not partisan political activity, then how can opposition to the agenda be partisan political activity?

As always, May you never stop learning and may your journeys always lead to new and exciting destinations!