Congressman Lamborn Leads Letter to Acting Secretary Roth, General Raymond, Urging the Reinstatement of Space Force Commander

May 19, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Lamborn and  23 colleagues sent a letter to Acting Secretary Roth and General Raymond over the decision last week to relieve the commander of the 11th Space Missile Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base.  Lieutenant Colonel Lohmeier was relieved of command after he appeared on two podcasts to promote his new book which highlights the proliferation of critical race theory training throughout the military. Congressman Lamborn’s letter also highlights the recent political polarization in the military and the hypocrisy of the Department of Defense’s reaction when compared to many controversial comments made by other senior military leaders while in uniform and from official accounts in recent months. Congressman Lamborn and his colleagues call on the Department to reinstate the commander.

Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement:

I am growing increasingly concerned about the proliferation of training and discussions rooted in critical race theory throughout the Department of Defense. This Marxist ideology teaches racial prejudice and collective guilt. The fact that it would be taught and promoted in the U.S. military is deeply disturbing. I am extremely concerned that advancing critical race theory will make it more difficult to attract patriotic talent to join the Armed Forces. The military should focus on our national security threats, not pandering to one political ideology. I can’t imagine a better way to weaken ourselves in the midst of a great-power competition with China and Russia. Lieutenant Colonel Lohmeier listened to the Secretary of Defense and stood up against extremism on the left. He should be praised for his courage.”

Read the letter, here

Congressman Mike Rogers, Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee, issued his own statement on this subject yesterday.

Contact: Cassandra Sebastian (719) 520-0055