A June 3 post from the Alaska Air National Guard Facebook page.

Last month, U.S. military bases in Alaska and across the country proactively celebrated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer sexualities through social media posts, ‘Pride’ runs, LGBTQ picnics and continuing education workshops.

It turns out that the armed forces were ordered to expend taxpayer funds in the promotion of controversial sexual ideologies.

Last month, State Senator Shelley Hughes (R-Palmer) tried to get to the bottom of this by sending an email to Major Gen. Torrence Saxe, commander of the Alaska National Guard. Hughes wanted to know why the Alaska Air National Guard was pushing Pride Month on its Facebook page.

“You may be unaware of certain recent posts on Alaska Air National Guard social media pages, but I’ve received a number of questions from constituents and other Mat-Su residents the last couple of weeks about these posts,” Hughes wrote on June 14. “Curious as to why an entity under the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs made these posts expressing support for Pride Month using taxpayer dollars (state staff, resources, and time)?”

Hughes asked whether the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs was required to promote Pride Month.

Two days later, she received a response from Saxe’s special assistant, Angela Laflamme.

“Major General Saxe asked me to respond to your questions from June 14,” Laflamme wrote, before proceeding to explain that federally funded National Guard units are directed through regulation and instruction to participate in 11 officially designated annual observances. These include Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, National African American/Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Holocaust Remembrance Day & Days of Remembrance, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Pride Month, Juneteenth, Women’s Equality Day, National Hispanic Heritage Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and National American Indian Heritage Month.

A June 3 post from the Alaska Air National Guard Facebook page.

Only Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Juneteenth are recognized as federal holidays.

Hughes sent a follow up question the same day.

“Just so I don’t make an assumption I shouldn’t, does ‘directed to participate’ essentially mean that participation is a requirement in order to receive federal funding?” Hughes asked. “Secondly, does the directive spell out specifically how to participate, e.g., that social media posts about the annual observances are to be made (and is content for those posts you’re to use provided by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute at DOD)?”

On June 27, Laflamme responded.

“In general, federally appropriated funding is attached to regulatory compliance,” she wrote. “National Guard Regulation 600-21, Chapter 4 and Air Force Instruction 36-2710, Chapter 11 outline the compliance requirements for observances, as part of the larger DoD equal opportunity program. They describe a number of ways units can participate and acknowledge the designated observances.”

She added that the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute “provides a variety of information, graphics and photos DoD units may use during designated observances.”

Hughes wrote a final email on June 29.

“Thank you for the follow-up, Angela,” she replied. “I understand this is coming down from the federal administration and not your doing or Major General Saxes’ doing, but I must say: it is fundamentally wrong for federal funds to be tied to regulatory compliance which requires promoting a particular political position, and it is wrong for the federal government to use our tax dollars to create and distribute information, graphics, and photos for the National Guard in the 50 states to use to promote a particular political position.”

Apart from the Alaska Air National Guard’s Pride Month promotion, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson held a “Pride Lunch ‘n Learn” on June 1 to “break down the ABCs of LGBTQ+ and … help us understand Gender Identity verses Sexual Orientation.” Soldiers who attended the workshop received one continuing education unit.

Eielson Air Force Base went a bit further with its fitness center hosting a “Pride Run 5K” on June 17. The event encouraged soldiers to celebrate Pride Month by running in rainbow colors to “express yourself, show solidarity and celebrate love.”

These events are part of an increasing effort on behalf of the U.S. Military to celebrate LGBTQ sexuality under directives from Commander-in-Chief Joe Biden.

As part of the month-long observations, the U.S. Air Force circulated a graphic showing a serviceman standing at attention while saluting a homosexual-bisexual-transgender-queer flag.

Additionally, the Pentagon chose to highlight extreme homosexual activist, Harvey Milk, as the focal point of this year’s pride events. Molested by homosexual predators when he was a teen, Milk went on to engage in a sexual relationship with a 16- or 17-year-old boy when he was in his 30s.

Military bases used their social media platforms to celebrate Milk as a national hero this year.

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Spokesperson says Alaska Air National Guard was ordered to celebrate ‘Pride’ month

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Betsy says:

    Cute that you think his 5 year relationship with a 16 year old was somehow inappropriate. The age of consent almost the entire country is 16. Its well known that all of his other partners were older. He didn’t target people that were young. It is true in the gay community there is frequently a larger age gap. There are a variety of reasons for that and it has nothing to do with pedophilia.

    • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

      This begs the question: If a boy and girl in junior high school have sex, does that make both of them pedophiles?

    • micah6v8 says:

      It has everything to do with pedophilia.

      Why are you so ready to excuse the unexcusable away? There is something off in your heart or with your discernment – or both.

    • Boris says:

      I dont care if the age of consent is 16 y/o, I have morals and can tell right from wrong.

  • Lucinda says:

    Why the hell are y’all concerned about sex? OTHER PEOPLE’S sex! Seems like your church has sexually repressed a bunch of you.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Why are you so concerned about how concerned other people are???

      • Lucinda says:

        Because you have influence on the community.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Lucinda, I was listening to Stew Peters this morning and he said something that is true even here: People gravitate to the TRUTH. When you tell the truth, people will gravitate towards it. Is it influential? Perhaps because people want what is truthful and right.

    • Soldotnan says:

      I think you may be a little confused here, Lucinda. The publisher of this site and likely most of its readership would generally promote the idea that sex (my sex, your sex, OTHER PEOPLE’S sex!) should be more private, meaning that it shouldn’t be paraded down the street, posted about on social media, broadcast on TV, plastered onto car bumpers, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. However, there do seem to be some very loud, obnoxious activists that insist on displaying their sex in all of those places and more, insisting that their sex be in everyone’s eyes and mind. Perhaps you thought you were commenting on those folks’ pages? It would certainly seem a legitimate question to raise in that case as I would agree those are things that polite, well-mannered, mature, non-obsessed people would not do. I can see how the article above with images of those postings could be confused for the original postings themselves, but I assure you that’s not the case. You can, however, click on the links embedded in the article and be taken straight to those postings that are all about sex and how concerned everyone should be about sex and how everyone should think about sex every moment of every day and especially in the month of June and maybe all summer long too and wear clothing that advertises your sexual preferences and tell everybody you meet about who you like to have sex with and on and on and on. I agree, that does seem pretty creepy. You could even highlight and copy your comment above and paste it into the comment box there, saving you from having to retype it!

      • Lucinda says:

        Soldotnan. I see what you did there. Clever and not wrong. There’s two things. Overtly expressing you sex preference and condemning someone for it.

        The whole sex thing is a private matter. I don’t fully understand why someone would announce to the world that they are gay which if the receiver of that message thinks more about it comes up with images of specific sex acts which could be icky. I also don’t fully understand why anyone would be “proud “ of that personal characteristic. It isn’t an achievement, it’s a condition or attitude or attraction, something that to me they are born with.

        The second concern is why any of us cares. I don’t object or condone gay behavior any more or less than mine and yours. But some people DO care about other’s sexuality and express it vulgarly and sometimes violently . That’s my point. Just stay in your lane and respect the infinite variety of humans. I’m an atheist, and I think religion is silly and destructive, but you won’t see me at your church, synagogue or mosque protesting.

    • Matthew myers says:

      Does everything you write here have to reek of such ignorance?

    • FreedomAK says:

      I’m not concerned about who or what you have sex with Lucinda. I really couldn’t care less. Keep your bedroom activities to yourself. Except when you victimize a child or other defenseless person. Then you get stopped and face consequences.

    • John H Slone says:

      Why are YOU using foul and inappropriate information. The sex issue is significant because of its inherent relationship to marriage and the family!! Both of these institutions are in grave danger due to the liberal ungodly agenda that seeks to replace the traditional concept of these with an unscriptural and until a few years ago illegal replica of marriage and the family. Since both are deeply foundational to the the continuance of our society it is critical to continue them with the correct understanding.

      • Lucinda says:

        John. To presume that all relationships other than Christian man and woman are wrong proves your hypocrisy, arrogance and sphinctered world view.

        Do you really think that marriage and family are in grave danger? There’s 8 billion of us on this planet and by far the most adhere to the traditional definition of marriage.

        I encourage you to step back from the freedom restricting demands of the bible and relax.

  • Betsy says:

    The age of consent is 16 is 31 states. When his relationship actually happened, there were still two states with an age of consent of 14. In early US history, the age of consent was commonly 11-12; as low as 7! You should include context in your articles rather than mislead your audience.

    Now a days it would be considered inappropriate but technically legal in many states. But back then heterosexual girls were commonly getting married to old men at 14+. It was a different time. You know what was wrong then and still is? Murdering someone like what happened to Milk.

    • Soldotnan says:

      I assume you apply the same logic to the ownership of slaves. It was common practice and legal at the time, therefore we should not demonize those who simply did as their peers did and what the law allowed for, but celebrate them as trailblazers and impressive men of their times. We shouldn’t then be tearing down statues of folks connected to slave ownership, colonization, westward expansion, etc., right? Maybe the National Guard should make some cool colorful graphics featuring Robert E. Lee, Christopher Columbus, James Cook, George Armstrong Custer, et al.

    • Aunt Sally says:

      Look, Sonny, this shabby effort of yours to excuse a predatory degenerate like Milk by pulling in some ridiculous non sequiturs in no way negates the fact that he probably would have lived a considerably longer and healthier life if he’d been properly lobotomized and neutered back in the day instead of soiling the political and social fabric with his abominable thinking and foul conduct.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Sad! Our military need to remember the oaths that they swore to protect the People and our country. The days are getting short and we are going to find out who remembers and honor their oaths. Got to thinking, though, that if the evil changed the oath within the last fifty years, then the enlisted may have sworn their oath to the devil and do not even know it.

    • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

      LGBTQ+ servicemembers keep the oath they took to protect our country. So what if they celebrate Pride Month? Would you deny Black servicemembers the opportunity to observe Black History Month?

      • Aunt Sally says:

        1) Homosexuals don’t belong in the military.
        2) “Black History Month” is a divisive pox on the country cooked up by subversive cultural marxists who hate decency, normalcy, and healthy society just like you do.
        3) The red herring fallacies of the sort you’re trying to get away with here are an invalid form of argument.

      • Matthew Myers says:

        I’m shocked at your horrible racism (and lack of logic). There is nothing perverted or immoral about being black.

  • Lucinda says:

    Gosh F, is that an excerpt from your forthcoming book revealing the merits of hypocrisy and obfuscation smoldering behind rigid Christian dogma?

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Sorry Lucy, I am not a published author and do not even write books. Maybe you could use it for your book that I am sure you will be putting out soon since you are so smart and up on everything.

    • Matthew myers says:

      Lucy, you still sound blisteringly ignorant and hateful towards Christianity. I’m guessing that your policy is to tear down what makes society better and to support what tears society down? Or is it all truly just massive ignorance?

  • Andy says:

    screw pride month

  • Lucinda says:

    I appreciate you recognizing my superior intelligence. Means a lot to me.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      I just saw a Three Bears Alaska cake with a rainbow on it. Guess how many colors were in that rainbow? Six. God’s rainbow has SEVEN colors in it. The alphabet soup group’s rainbow has six colors in it. Is Three Bears Alaska even quietly supporting or pushing the alphabet soup group agenda?

      • L says:

        Better not be. Three bears (so far) is the only local grocer we can shop that hasn’t been pushing the pride agenda. If they have side-stepped and chosen to get on the gay train- there’s a lot more of us who will be using Azure or growing our own food.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        I am definitely checking out their cakes next time I am in there! I feel the same way about Three Bears and will be heartbroken if they are on the crazy train also.

      • Lucinda says:

        Oooooo, that’s a delicious conspiracy you got going there. How about Route 66 in America; is that gay?

  • Scott says:

    Sickos are going to be sickos. I wonder if we were to have a straight 5k run if it would make them crazy.

    • Matthew myers says:

      Would we have to make sure it is a straight road for 5k? If the road is bent, it would seem disordered.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Lucy sorry your life is all messed up. You stop pushing your sick evil sexual fantasies in are faces.
    Then we will not fighting back at you and others trying to weaken America and our children.

    • Lucinda says:

      I have never done what you accuse me of, not on this sacred forum or elsewhere. Your anger and arrogance is matched by your lack of critical thinking skills. You owe me an apology.

  • Lez-o Brandon says:

    This pride garbage is a distraction from the crooks in office…

  • ML, just common sense says:

    I think the posting was more in regard to tax dollars being used to promote Pride month, and the fact that a political agenda is being pushed on our State Militia known as the National guard. Further, that troops are made to have mandatory to participation in pride month. It’s wrong on every level, no one such be mandated to participate in something they disagree with or find offensive, as the Supreme Court has recently affirmed. I would have rather have been Dishonorably discharged than participate in this perversion. The oath I took was to defend the Constitution, and this Nation ( in precis). The military has always separated themselves from politics, but these days are different in many ways, and not for the better. I applaud Senator Hughes efforts to get it straight rather than assume. On a closing note: Andy, I agree, Aunt Sally, I applaud your straight forward notation, and Soldotnan, You’ve got it all backwards! Who are you to judge our ancestors and their actions. May you be judged kindly by your descendants, but I’m doubtful…… Good job like usual Joel, Keep up the good work!

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Talking about the military. ‘BOOM! WE HAVE THEIR NANOTECH GENOCIDAL BEAST PLAN — HOPE & TIVON’ from SGT Report, length: 1:29:24