The genesis of our organization, Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism in the Services, Incorporated (STARRS, Inc.) began in July 2020, when Rod Bishop (‘74), Dr. Ron Scott (‘73), and a small group of interested individuals viewed a three minute United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) football team video promoting Black Lives Matter (BLM). Specifically, the film was openly advocating a controversial and divisive political agenda, as heard in the film’s repeated phrase promoting “anti-Racism”, which is a primary component of Critical Race Theory (CRT). Widely misunderstood, CRT is simply Marxism repackaged in new terms such as equity, and is ultimately an ideological tool used to divide. Recognizing the seriousness of the development, the group approached the Academy leadership in an effort to remove the controversial video and to prevent the introduction of CRT into the academy’s curriculum. The group raised their concerns with the then Academy Superintendent, the Athletic Director and Football Coach and although their concerns were dismissed, the group continued their discussions while a new incoming Academy Superintendent soon assumed command.
As months passed, the small group began to grow as word spread of their efforts and others began to realize that there was a concerted effort to teach and implement aspects of CRT in not just the military academies, but the US Armed Forces in general. Over time, the group would grow to approximately 65 individuals, including 14 General Officers, service academy graduates, retired and active duty officers, and enlisted, and other concerned civilians.
After nine months, the group received some positive news. Under the direction of the new USAFA Superintendent, the Academy released a replacement film in conjunction with the Department of Defense mandated “extremism” down day. Although the new film still had aspects that many consider “woke” propaganda, the film was a dramatic improvement to the previous USAFA BLM video.
The group has been active since its original engagement and has approached the Academy regarding the introduction of a “diversity and inclusion” room on campus. A lack of balance in reading materials was highlighted and the Superintendent addressed the concern as a “balanced” assortment of additional reading materials was introduced.
The group began and continues informing and educating the Armed Forces, American people, and political class, as members have written multiple articles, participated in both live and taped interviews, while one member has published a book which is now on sale and in distribution, called “Irresistible Revolution.” Besides educating the Academy on the perils of CRT, the group has attempted to inform several members of Congress, the sister Service Academies, the USAFA Board of Visitors, the USAFA Association of Graduates and a variety of other people and organizations.
The group of founders decided to create a non-profit corporation, which was established 26 April 2021 as, Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism in the Services, Incorporated (“STARRS”). We are a newly formed corporation (our application for 501(c)3 tax-exempt status has been filed and is pending approval).
Overall, the founders intend STARRS to become a dynamic and influential force to promote balance, unity, and adherence to the US Constitution and to prevent the politicization of the service academies and the Department of Defense.
We envision service academies and armed forces that shall always faithfully serve the American people while remaining apolitical, colorblind and unified. [STARRS Vision Statement]
Lieutenant General Rod Bishop, USAF (Ret.), Chairman of the Board, President
Lieutenant General Bishop retired from active duty in August 2008 after 34 years of service in the United States Air Force. His last assignment was as Commander, 3rd Air Force, United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany, where he oversaw all American air and space activities in the 93 countries in Europe and Africa. Additionally, he was responsible for the organizing, training and equipping of nearly 30 thousand airmen assigned to the 10 different Air Force Wings under his command throughout Europe.
Following many and varied operational flying assignments early in his career in which he served as an aircraft commander, instructor pilot and flight examiner in various mobility and training aircraft , General Bishop held many key positions throughout the United States Air Force where he commanded airmen at every operational level including two Squadrons, an Operations Group, an Airlift Wing, a Numbered Air Force and Air Command, Europe while also completing numerous strategic Air Force and Joint assignments throughout the Department of Defense.
After group command in the 437th Airlift Wing (AW) during the fielding of the C-17 Globemaster III and serving as the Deputy Director of Operations for the United States Transportation Command, General Bishop was promoted to Brigadier General and assigned again to Charleston AFB as the Wing Commander of the 437th AW, while simultaneously serving as the Director of Mobility Forces for Africa and Europe.
Subsequently, he was assigned to HQ USAF in the Pentagon as the Deputy Director for Operations and Training. Following his tour at the Pentagon, General Bishop was assigned as the Director of Planning and Policy at US SOUTHERN Command, Miami, FL, and then promoted to Major General as the Deputy Combatant Commander, assisting in the oversight of all US military activities in the 32 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Next, Gen Bishop was assigned back at the Pentagon as the Deputy Director of Air Force Operations with the responsibility of organizing, training and equipping airmen for worldwide air and space operations. Finally, General Bishop was promoted to Lieutenant General and assigned as Vice Commander, United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Commander, Europe before retiring as Commander, 3rd Air Force.
General Bishop has a BS degree in Engineering Management from the USAF Academy, an MS degree from the University of Southern California in Systems Management and two Masters Degrees in National Security Studies from the Naval War College and the National War College. His overseas operational/combat experience includes DESERT STORM, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, (Air War over Serbia in which he served as the DIRMOBFOR) and Haiti. During the 2 years immediately following retirement, General Bishop served as a Senior Mentor to the United States Air Force. He has been is a consultant to EADs and a Senior Advisor to National Airlines. He has also served on the National Air Cargo Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors and other boards. General Bishop is presently the President and Chairman of the Board of Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism in the Services, Inc.
Dr. Ron Scott, PhD, Col, USAF (ret), Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors, Vice President
Dr. Scott is Vice President and Director of Operations, American Constitution Foundation; Founder and Principal Consultant, Vectored Solutions LLC, where he consults on international and national security matters; and Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Leading-Edge Research Institute, a think tank focused on accelerating international development, employing complexity, complex adaptive system, and social network theories. On behalf of the Institute, Ron has presented papers on development-related concepts at national conferences. Two papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals: “International Development in a Complex Adaptive System” in Public Administration Quarterly (2008); and “The Science of Muddling Though Revisited” in Emergence: Complexity & Organization (2010).
Ron recently retired as professor of public policy and administration with Northcentral University, teaching ethics, policy analysis, public administration, and research methods. He served as chair and subject matter expert on dissertation committees. He also served as the lead faculty member for the public administration curriculum.
From 2004 to 2008, Dr. Scott served as a Principal Scientist with Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA), as a charter member of their “Futures Group” at North American Aerospace Defense Command-United States Northern Command. The Futures Group completed a CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, enhanced explosive) Detection Study that became a major national-level framework for understanding and mitigating the WMD (weapons of mass destruction) threat. Dr. Scott then became a member of ARA’s “Chairman’s Group,” providing strategic analysis on counterterrorism concepts and architectures in support of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office. Some of his work led to advanced concepts for intelligence considerations and attracted major interest from the Office of the Director for National Intelligence. He authored or edited 25 technical papers.
From 2002 to 2004, Ron completed a Ph.D. from Arizona State University. His dissertation dealt with strategic communication and provided strong empirical evidence to support his theory of a reverse Hawthorne Effect (e.g., while well-intended, senior-level strategic communication alienated people). He also conducted a program evaluation of Arizona’s economic security program, published (with Laura Peck) as “Can Welfare Case Management Increase Employment? Evidence from a Pilot Program Evaluation” in Policy Studies Journal (2005).
From 1973 to 2003, Ron served in the United States Air Force as a pilot (primarily in the OV-10, F-4E, and C-130E/H), war planner, strategic analyst, and commander. Assignments included the Pentagon (where he directed the Air Force 24/7 operations center and stood up a readiness center) and operational commands in the United States, Middle East, Europe, and Asia. He commanded operational C-130 units in Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War and in Turkey, providing humanitarian airlift to Kurdish refugees in the mountains of northern Iraq. He retired as a colonel.
Dr. Scott also holds a B.S. in life sciences (molecular biology and genetics) from the USAF Academy and an M.A. in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. He is the author of The 2012 Political Contest in America: Conversations with a Gadfly.
Currently serving as the President, Class of 1973, United States Air Force Academy.
Ron has been married to the former Mary MacIsaac from Aurora, Colorado for the past 47 years. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.