Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff was in SW Asia last week, visiting the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing at Balad AB. He’s there as the Secretary of the AF’s special assistant for values and visions. Rabbi Resnicoff is trying learn how airmen are applying the AF core values and guiding principles now that they’re in a wartime environment.
As a line officer in Vietnam, Rabbi Resnicoff learned the value of an integrated force. Soldiers of all races were unified as American servicemen. Years after the Vietnam war, he was among a small group of veterans that built the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. Their monument did not glorify the war, nor did it protest anything about it either. Instead, it honored the men who gave their lives in the defense of democracy. Today he says he sees the same great benefits of cooperation in joint warfare, coalition warfare, and total force fighting: Active, Reserve, & Guard.
To read the whole story on AF.MIL about Rabbi Resnicoff’s trip to Iraq, his goals there, and his words of wisdom from experience, click here.