[ Ed. note – JINSA–the letters stand for “Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.” Officially it’s a think tank, although basically what it boils down to is another pro-Israel lobby group–and like AIPAC, it has offices in Washington. Why would a group like this be handing out awards to US military personnel?
Is JINSA awarding Americans for fighting wars for Israel? Or are they maybe trying to recognize those US soldiers who do the best job training terrorists? These are some of the thoughts that went through my head when I came across the story below. According to JINSA’s website, the “Grateful Nation” award is “presented annually to six young heroes recognized for having distinguished themselves through superior conduct in the War on Terrorism.” The war on terrorism or the war for terrorism?
Additionally, JINSA describes itself as being “dedicated to educating Congressional, military and civilian national security decision-makers on American defense and strategic interests, primarily in the Middle East, the cornerstone of which is a robust U.S.-Israeli security cooperation. JINSA believes that a strong American military and national security posture is the best guarantor of peace and the survival of our values and civilization.”
This is also, by the way, the same organization responsible for arranging free trips to Israel for US police officers to undergo training, a program that has been referred to as “the Israelification of America’s security apparatus.” At any rate, the following article, rather brief and succinct as it is, appeared two days ago on a US Air Force website. ]
AF Seeks 2017 JINSA Grateful Nation Award Nominees
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force is seeking nominations for the 2017 Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs Grateful Nation Award.
This award is presented annually to six heroes who distinguished themselves through superior conduct in the war on terrorism. Honorees, who are enlisted members and junior officers, represent each branch of the U.S. military.
There is no official period of service requirement, but achievements should be recent. Each major command, field operating agency and direct reporting unit may submit one nomination.
Organization and base-level personnel must contact their MAJCOM, forward operating agency, direct-reporting unit or MAJCOM equivalent for applicable suspense dates. Nominations are due to the Air Force Personnel Center no later than May 26.
Eligibility and application procedures are available on myPers. Select “any” from the dropdown menu and search “JINSA.”