Douglas Andrews / June 23, 2021

Nellis Is a Drag

The historic Air Force base, which trains our best pilots, recently hosted a drag queen show.

We wonder what the major malfunction is at Nellis Air Force Base. Nellis is, after all, “The Home of the Fighter Pilot,” the home of the Thunderbirds, the home of the U.S. Air Force’s Warfare Center, and the place whose mission has historically been to train the best combat aviators and air crews in the world.

So what are its leaders doing hosting a drag queen show at one of their on-base dining and entertainment clubs? Are we now trying to make the ChiComs and the Russians laugh themselves to death?

Here’s how the base explained it in a statement:

Nellis Air Force Base and the 99th Air Base Wing hosted its first-ever drag show Thursday, June 17, at the Nellis Club. The event was sponsored by a private organization and provided an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the history and significance of drag performance art within the LGBT+ community.

Ensuring our ranks reflect and are inclusive of the American people is essential to the morale, cohesion, and readiness of the military. Nellis Air Force Base is committed to providing and championing an environment that is characterized by equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion.

We wonder: What does drag performance within the so-called LGBT+ community have to do with fighter pilot performance within the U.S. military community? And since when is this sort of aberrant behavior by a vanishingly small segment of the American people essential to the morale, cohesion, and readiness of our nation’s military?

And what might the base’s namesake, who flew 70 combat missions in the European Air Theater during World War II before being shot down over Luxembourg during the Battle of the Bulge — what might 1st Lieutenant William Nellis have thought of all this?

Air Force veteran podcaster “BK” alerted a wider audience about the event by posting a digital flier that read: “DRAG-U-NELLIS” and “CLASS IS IN SESSION.”

As BK put it, “So Nellis AFB is having a base-sanctioned drag Queen show; isn’t that awesome? Maybe some of our military ‘journalists’ can call them up and ask them about this.”

Earlier this week, we suggested that President Joe Biden was at war with his own military, given that he’s done so much since taking office to demoralize our troops and degrade their warfighting capability. Rooting out “extremism” and “white supremacy” within the ranks seems to be the top priority of this commander-in-chief, followed closely by ensuring that “transgender” warriors are able to have their sex change surgeries on the taxpayers’ dime.

This Nellis stuff is of a piece with all that. And it serves no good warfighting purpose.

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