A commander within the U.S Space Force who was assigned to a unit tasked with detecting ballistic missile launches was fired over comments made during a podcast.
Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier, who commands the 11th Space Warning Squadron, was fired over remarks made in a podcast. Lohmeier was promoting his book, titled “Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmasking of the American Military.”
“This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast,” a Space Force spokesperson said in an email to Military.com. “Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity.”
Earlier this month, Lohmeier self published his book.
“Irresistible Revolution is a timely and bold contribution from an active-duty Space Force lieutenant colonel who sees the impact of a neo-Marxist agenda at the ground level within our armed forces,” says a description of the book.
Lohmeier appeared on a podcast hosted by L. Todd Wood, titled “Information Operation,” to promote the book. He spoke about how U.S institutions, like the military, universities, and the media, are rapidly adopting Marxism and leftist practices, such as diversity and inclusion trainings.
“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,” said Lohmeier.
Lohmeier did not single out any individual in the book, rather, he targeted specific policies that service members have to abide by.
Lohmeier did speak about Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on the podcast, saying “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.”
Austin ordered troops to stand down on Feb 5th in order to observe a day addressing “extremism” within the ranks. Lohmeier said he received a booklet that cited the Jan 6th Capitol Riot as an example of extremism. He also added that the book did not mention the rioting that occurred over the summer and fall from the left.
Lohmeier also took issue with “the Pentagon spokesperson’s” statement that there are too many white pilots in the military.
“If you want to provide that kind of messaging to your already struggling pilot force, you can already expect to see further retention problems,” said Lohmeier.
“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 in an email to Miliarty.com “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.”