Defense Secretary Cancels Drag Show at Military Base

Air Force officials had approved a third annual performance at Nellis Air Force Base.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley informed leaders at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada that they must either cancel a drag show that was scheduled or move it off base. The show had been approved by base officials for Pride Month.

The defense secretary and chair of the Joint Chiefs told the military branch that it is not the policy of the Pentagon to fund such entertainment. Both Secretary Austin and General Milley recently testified before the House Armed Services Committee that the U.S. Defense Department does not fund drag queen events.

Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh stated, “Per DoD Joint Ethics Regulation (JER), certain criteria must be met for persons or organizations acting in non-Federal capacity to use DoD facilities and equipment. … Hosting these types of events in federally funded facilities is not a suitable use of DOD resources.”  

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Austin as he seeks to ensure U.S. Defense Department funds are utilized appropriately.
  • For General Milley as he nears the end of his term as Joint Chiefs chairman.
  • For base officials around the nation and the world as they make decisions regarding events on military installations.

Sources: The Hill, NBC News


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