Friday, September 29, 2017

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria - "get out"

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria had an important message for U.S. Air Force Academy cadets. Five black cadet candidates at the academy’s preparatory school in Colorado Springs had found racial slurs written on the message boards on their doors. Silveria urged cadets to reach for their phones. “I want you to videotape this so you have it, so you can use it — so that we all have the moral courage together,” he said, surrounded by 1,500 of the academy’s faculty, administrators and athletic coaches. “If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, get out.”
Silveria’s forceful denunciation has been heard far beyond the walls of the academy in Colorado, introducing the veteran officer to a national audience.

He said his speech was intended to show the cadets that they were all united “as an institution protecting these values.” In his 32-year career, Silveria has nearly 4,000 hours of flight time, including combat missions over Iraq and the Balkans, making him one of the Air Force’s most experienced pilots