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Navy Seals Ordered To Remove Navy Jack from Their Uniforms

Top brass under King Obama has made another edict to our troops…

This from the article by Carl Higbie at the Daily Caller.

The Navy Jack is the ‘don’t tread on me’ flag, one that has earned a revered place in America’s naval history and a beloved place in sailor’s hearts, through its use for over two centuries. This symbol of America’s naval ferocity has spanned our country’s entire existence, flying from the masts of the Continental Navy during the war of independence, to today’s War on Terror. In fact, an amendment to the Navy code called SECNAV Instruction 10520.6 clearly states that as of 31 May 2002 all ships are to fly the flag throughout the duration of the War on Terror.

So why would ranking SEAL commanders ban the historical symbol? Is the proverbial top bass banning the flag? Is President Obama?

Clearly the administration and sycophant “top brass” officers have degraded America’s military prestige; from hand-tying rules of engagement, to uniform regulations that make our military allegedly more compatible with foreign forces, to the banning of an awe-inspiring flag that traces its roots to the first U.S. Navy. We have a civilian-led military, but why should our ranking commanders be complicit in the administration’s war on it? Why don’t they stand up to Obama and his leftist cronies?  …

After reading the email, I first wondered, ‘why?’ (Actually, first I headed to the gym to take out my frustration and anger on some unsuspecting weights with the fury and intensity only a former Navy SEAL can exert.) Why would our leaders sell out our heritage? Why would they rob present and future sailors of our battle cry?
When a friend of mine asked his leadership the same question, he was told, “The Jack is too closely associated with radical groups.” We must assume that this thought policeman embedded in the SEAL community is speaking of the Tea Party, whose flag (which also dates from the American Revolution) depicts a snake with the same defiant slogan as The Navy Jack.

This begs yet another question: Who defines “radical group”? The last time I checked, all military personnel are under oath to “support and defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The Tea Party stands for constitutional rights and founding principles of civil liberties and limited government. Radical? Not unless you’re a leftist hell-bent on destroying the foundations of our country. Or as the President has stated as the objective of his presidency, “to fundamentally transform” America.

My friends asked me what they should do about this order. I answer them by saying, “You took an oath to defend this country from enemies foreign and domestic. Will you put your career before country? Will you put your career before your sacred oath?” I cannot tell anyone how to respond. I can tell you though that an enemy — foreign or domestic — that tries to take the Navy Jack from my uniform could only do so by ripping the patriotic patch from the uniform of my cold, dead body.
We all have choices to make. The Obama administration and the yes-men top brass have decided to wage war on our Navy’s heritage. Will the SEALs choose to defend that heritage and defy them, with all the impertinence the flag’s slogan implies? Or will they be tread upon?

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) raise the First Navy Jack (Don't Tread on Me), Yokosuka, Japan (Dec. 23, 2001). US Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class David A. Levy

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) raise the First Navy Jack (Don’t Tread on Me), Yokosuka, Japan (Dec. 23, 2001). US Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class David A. Levy

Additionally, Chris Hagerman writes:

The “Don’t Tread On Me” flag or First Navy Jack has flown on naval ships throughout our history including during the American Revolutionary War.  The rattlesnake is especially significant and symbolic.  The rattle has thirteen layers, signifying the original Thirteen Colonies.
Official Navy instruction has authorized all naval ships to fly the flag throughout the duration of the War On Terror.
Why is it then that senior personnel from within WARCOM and Naval Special Warfare are putting out instructions and memos stating that Navy SEALs are no longer authorized to wear the “Don’t Tread on Me” patch on their combat uniforms along with other custom patches?
I have heard some defend this action stating that it is due to trying to maintain uniformity between the operators.  We all know that is complete garbage.  As members of special operations, we have had the ability to wear custom uniforms that often did not always match our teammates.  We also could wear our own custom patches.  These include state flag patches, unit or platoon patches, or just plain motivational patches.  From wearing blue jeans in Vietnam and non-military hunting camouflage patterns currently, to wearing the Punisher, Crusader, or Navy Jack on our uniforms or body armor, special operations personnel bring the fight to the enemy using battle symbols we feel strongly about.
Whether it be a symbol of our heritage or a sign to strike fear into our enemies, it is clear to me that someone sitting behind a desk needs to keep their politics or weaknesses away from the Teams and all other special operations personnel.
ALL:
WARCOM and GROUP TWO/ONE have pushed out the uniform policy for NWU III and any patches worn on the sleeve.
All personnel are only authorized to wear the matching “AOR” American Flag patch on the right shoulder.  You are no longer authorized to wear the “Don’t Tread On Me” patch.
Again the only patch authorized for wear is the American flag on the right shoulder. Please pass the word to all.
Thanks,
Senior Enlisted Advisor
[Name Redacted]

Also there’s a good article by Tim Brown at Freedom Outpost – he says:

This begs the question of who is defining “radical groups.” I can tell you that Mohamed Elibiary is one that advises the Department of Homeland Security on terrorism and we know that efforts have been made in that department, as well as other agencies in the federal government to purge Islam from the roster of radical groups and terrorism. They have even sought to give preferential treatment to Islamic supremacists. However, we’ve also noticed an alarming mention of Christians, Tea Party advocates, Constitutionalists, liberty minded people and conservatives being listed as radicals. Noticably missing are liberals, socialists, communists, Marxists and the like.

and I had to also share this last thought with you from Joshua Flashman:

“The SEALs are allowed to go into combat wearing just about anything they want. Our best gunfighters currently serve all over the world wear things on their clothes as unique and individualized as special platoon patches, their home state’s flag, cargo shorts, ball caps, non-military hunting camouflage (mossy oak, etc.), jeans, other service branch/foreign nation cammo patterns, and even just regular civilian clothes.

Now all of the sudden, these men who’s gunslinging skills are so high that they’re given ridiculous latitude in what they can wear into combat suddenly can’t wear the Navy Jack (which is currently flying from EVERY U.S. Navy ship) because it too closely resembles the famous, Revolutionary War-era Gadsden Flag that the Tea Party uses as a symbol? So Navy brass has identified the Tea Party as a “radical group,” and because of that, the Virginia state flag is no longer authorized, because we wouldn’t want the SEALs to be associated with a group that supports the “extremist” political position of following the Constitution and limited government.”

Make no mistake – there is a purge going on in our military… and anyone who will question the White House, or speak out against absurd policies will be dealt with… and apparently anyone who dares show any inkling of support for those who dare speak or express “Don’t Tread On Me” will be dealt with as well.

We need Oathkeepers now more than ever!

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About the Author

lives with her husband Michael in CT. They have three grown children who were homeschooled and are now successfully pursuing careers. Judy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, with minors in Business Administration and Computer Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Judy has been involved in politics for over 15 years. Judy has written many articles on various aspects of education at home and in public and private schools. She has been published in magazines and online, and has been interviewed on radio and in print.

She served as Vice President of Connecticut Homeschool Network (CHN) and was their legislative liaison. She now serves as Research Director for National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD) providing parents across the nation with important information on legislative issues concerning parental rights and education.

 

 

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- Judy Aron is the author of the Libertarian Blog "Consent of the Governed" Judy has been involved in politics for over 15 years. Judy has written many articles on various aspects of education at home and in public and private schools. She has been published in magazines and online, and has been interviewed on radio and in print.

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