A commander in the Space Force has been fired for comments he made during a podcast appearance where he warned that Marxism is infiltrating the United States military, according to a report from Military.com.
Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was the commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado. Lohmeier had served in the U.S. Air Force for over 14 years, including being a former F-15C fighter pilot and T-38 Talon jet instructor pilot.
On Friday, Lohmeier was purportedly relieved of his post because he sounded the alarm about Marxism and critical race theory in the military during a podcast appearance where he was promoting his book. Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, the head of Space Operations Command, reportedly fired Lohmeier over a loss of confidence in his ability to lead.
"This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast," a Space Force spokesperson said. "Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity."
Last week, Lohmeier appeared on the "Information Operation" podcast to promote his book about the dangers of Marxism in the military.
"The diversity, inclusion and equity industry and the trainings we are receiving in the military ... is rooted in critical race theory, which is rooted in Marxism," Lohmeier said.
Lohmeier noted that there is a diversity initiative that instructs service members to read the book "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo, which labels the United States as a "white supremacist nation."
Lohmeier claimed that young service members are inundated by a "hyperpoliticized work environment where diversity and inclusion initiatives are being pushed constantly."
"From his perspective as a commander, Lohmeier said he didn't seek to criticize any particular senior leader or publicly identify troops within the book," Military.com reported. "Rather, he said, he focused on the policies service members now have to adhere to to align with certain agendas 'that are now affecting our culture.'"
Lohmeier talked about Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, "I don't demonize the man, but I want to make it clear to both him and every service member this [diversity and inclusion] agenda, it will divide us, it will not unify us."
In February, Austin ordered a 60-day military-wide stand-down to address extremism within the ranks. Lohmeier said he was given a booklet that cited the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol as an example of extremism, but didn't mention any of the riots that erupted across American cities last year in response to the death of George Floyd, which caused between $1 billion to $2 billion in paid insurance claims.
Earlier this month, Lohmeier self-published a book titled "Irresistible Revolution: Marxism's Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military," which he says is not political. Lohmeier's book discusses "the impact of a neo-Marxist agenda at the ground level within our armed forces," woke ideology, anti-racism, critical race theory, cancel culture, systemic racism, white supremacy, the military's sudden focus on extremism with its ranks, and diversity training in the military.
A description of "Irresistible Revolution: Marxism's Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military":
The book's three-part framework begins with a discussion of the greatness of the American ideal (including the importance of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the notions of individual and civil liberties), transitions to an examination of the history and overarching narrative of Marxist ideology (specifically Marx's and Engels' Communist Manifesto wherein the oppressor vs. oppressed narrative is developed), and concludes by looking into the ongoing transformation of America's military culture and military policy, while also providing a warning about where the country is headed if we choose to not make an immediate course correction.
The Air Force Academy graduate told Military.com that he consulted with his chain of command, public affairs, and legal counsel about his plans to publish a book and its contents.
"I was apprised of the option to have my book reviewed at the Pentagon's prepublication and security review prior to release, but was also informed that it was not required," Lohmeier said.
"My intent never has been to engage in partisan politics. I have written a book about a particular political ideology (Marxism) in the hope that our Defense Department might return to being politically non-partisan in the future as it has honorably done throughout history," he told the outlet.
Last Thanksgiving, former President Donald Trump saluted the members of Space Force, and spoke directly to Lohmeier. "All of you are pioneers in the newest branch of our armed forces," Trump told Lohmeier.