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But, AFI 1 1 be damned, those individuals will do as told and «spread the word» about this religious event by forwarding the flyer canada goose jacket outlet toronto to the next link in the distribution chain, as you can see in the email forwarded to the next link in the distribution chain, with the canada goose outlet buffalo message to «forward this to the shirts» to «get the word out.»

Getting the word out as instructed, the flyer is then obediently forwarded to all the «shirts,» or First Sergeants, by none other than the man just named the Air Force Special Operation Command’s canada goose outlet michigan 2015 First Sergeant of the Year, Master Sgt. Marvin Jimerson, Jr. As you can see, First Sergeant of the Year Jimerson’s email is addressed to a «First Sergeants (Distribution List)» with the message «First Sergeants, Please disseminate within your units.» And disseminate they do, as you can see from the final email in the chain, addressed to «318 SOS ALL (Distribution List).» And every airman on the other SOS, or squadron level, «ALL» lists, of course, canada goose premium outlet got the email from whoever canada goose outlet store montreal is right above them in the distribution chain.

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canada goose clearance sale And it is at this point that recipients of such an email start contacting MRFF. Why? Because they were just «encouraged» by their chain of command to attend a religious event and, apparently unlike those higher up on the food. um. email chain, they know that this violates regulations. canada goose clearance sale

canada goose store They also know, unlike their base’s public affairs office, that this is not the same as getting an email promoting a stand up comic or a golf tournament! No airman would be worried that not having the same taste in comedy as their superiors might make their superiors discriminate against them in favor of those who do have the same taste in comedy, or that not being into golf might make their superiors question their moral character. canada goose store

And that is the reason for AFI 1 1’s clear directive that «leaders at all levels. must ensure their words and actions cannot be reasonably construed to be officially endorsing or disapproving of, or extending preferential treatment for any faith, belief or absence of belief.» Is this really that hard for the leadership at Cannon Air Force Base to understand.

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