ICC NOTE: U.S. Army Colonel Thomas Hundley is under fire from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation for his recent post on the Military Health System website which called for increased prayer to promote spiritual fitness. The Military Health System and Defense Health Agency included a message at the bottom of the page which states. “Individual contributor articles are the personal opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Defense Health Agency, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, or the Defense Department.” Regardless of this statement the MRFF has filed a complaint with the department for an investigation into Col. Hundley’s post accusing him of using his rank to proselytize and work as an evangelical missionary rather than an army officer.
1/14/2016 United States (Christian Post) – A Christian Army colonel who encouraged “increased prayer” to improve “spiritual fitness” on a government-run website is now under fire from a military group that has branded him a “religious extremist” and wants him punished for proselytizing.
In a recent motivational message for Health, the official website of the Military Health System and the Defense Health Agency, Col. Thomas Hundley promotes the Department of Defense’s health theme for the month of January, “A New Year, A New You” using nuggets of faith.
“During this past holiday season, I took advantage of the opportunity to spend time with my 82-year-old grandfather, Mr. Jimmy Jordan of Millington, Tennessee. Although he doesn’t move with the energy he once had, he is still the picture of health,” began Hundley, who then goes on to talk about his grandfather’s jovial personality and faith.
“You can’t spend 5 minutes around my grandfather without hearing a comical old-school story or receiving biblical wisdom that can be easily applied to modern-day life. As we sat at the kitchen table, he gave me just the nugget I needed to apply to my health and fitness. He said, ‘You don’t need a whole lot to make it in this world. You just gotta give God a little something to work with. The Bible says that Jesus took two little fish and five loaves of bread and fed thousands. You know how He did that? He just gave God a little something to work with,'” wrote Hundley.
The colonel ends the message with five challenges, the first of which he encourages work on “spiritual fitness.”
“Improve your spiritual fitness through increased prayer,” he noted.
At the bottom of the message, the website clearly states: “Individual contributor articles are the personal opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Defense Health Agency, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, or the Defense Department.”
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group that claims to have served more than 40,000 military-connected clients, said in a statement Tuesday that it had filed an official complaint about Hundley’s “rogue” behavior on behalf of 18 U.S. Army families.