Space Force Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, the former commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado, was fired from his position earlier this month after remarks he made on a podcast warning of the radical leftist ideology rooted in Marxism infiltrating the U.S. military, Fox News reported.
On Thursday, the Air Force announced that an investigation into Lohmeier’s comments and ousting had been elevated to the Department of the Air Force’s Office of Inspector General (IG), replacing the command-level investigation, which was being overseen by Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, head of Space Operations Command.
“The decision was made by the Department of the Air Force Inspector General due to the complexity and sensitivity of the issues under consideration, as well as potential for DAF-wide impact,” Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said in a statement.
“Rooted in Marxism”
Lohmeier made the comments as a guest on the Information Operation podcast while promoting his self-published book Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American 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.
The Space Force announced Lohmeier had been removed from his position, saying an investigation had been launched into whether his comments “constituted prohibited partisan political activity.”
“Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Space Operations Command commander, relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, May 14, due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead,” the Space Force said in a statement.
He’s not alone
Following his ouster, Lohmeier told Fox News, “I don’t believe I was being partisan. It is not politically partisan to expose or attack critical race theory or Marxism.”
“The reason I say that is because critical race theory and Marxism are antithetical to American values,” he added. “Critical race theory fuels narratives that attack America’s founding documents.”
Despite pushback from an increasingly left-wing military administration, Lohmeier is far from the only one warning about radical Marxist ideology and critical race theory in the military.
“If I were in a foreign intelligence service, I can think of few things that would be more destructive to morale and unit cohesion in the United States military than critical race theory, the idea that we are somehow simply representatives of our race as opposed to American patriots who are wearing the flag of our country in defense of our common ideals,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) told SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily on Friday.
Lohmeier told Fox News that he has received “thousands” of letters from other military members who said they feel they have “lost their voice” as these anti-American ideas spread throughout the military.