In an act of defiance that will surely elicit a severe response from the Pentagon, the new commander of the Oklahoma National Guard has told troops that they do not have to comply with the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate, a strong rebuke to a requirement of dubious constitutionality.
On Thursday, Army General Thomas Mancino, who was just appointed as the Oklahoma National Guard Adjutant General by Governor Kevin Stitt, issued a memo advising members that they would not be required to be jabbed and would not be subjected to punishment for their decision. In mid-September, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin mandated that all uniformed personnel get vaccinated for the coronavirus.
In the memo which was obtained by The Oklahoman, Gen. Mancino wrote that “No negative administrative or legal action will be taken against Guardsmen who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine,” a defense of the right of Americans to make their own personal medical choices, even those who are serving in the military.”
……In remarks reported by The Oklahoman, Lt. Col. Geoff Legler who is a spokesman for the Guard said, “The clarified policy on COVID vaccinations for Oklahoma Army and Air National Guardsmen reflects the governor’s ability to assert his command authority over the men and women of the Oklahoma National Guard while they are within the state’s borders,”
He added, “The clarification will allow our unvaccinated Guardsmen to continue to serve in Oklahoma without any negative repercussion, but it does not provide any protection should they need to attend any military school or training activity run by an active duty component or the Department of Defense.”
……Biden’s vaccine mandates are currently on shaky legal ground and the administration which faces multiple lawsuits over their totalitarian actions is still reeling after a federal appeals court ruled to uphold a stay on the implementation of the national employer mandated that is to be enforced by OSHA, a serious blow to the agenda of the nation’s 46th president and a sign of the growing resistance to his authoritarian style of governance.
Biden’s jackbooted mandates have resulted in West Point cadets leaving the academy after being subjected to it.
The vax orders are unconstitutional. At least one military leader has the guts to say “fuck off”.