USAFE: Ramstein airman who made 'birther' comments being discharged
Stars and Stripes
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A Germany-based Air Force staff sergeant who publicly questioned the U.S. citizenship of President Barack Obama and said he would not show up for work until Obama had produced an authentic birth certificate is being discharged, U.S. Air Forces in Europe officials said Wednesday.
Air Force officials would not give a reason for his dismissal, or confirm whether it is related to any birther comments.
Staff Sgt. Daryn Moran, an ophthalmology technician with the 86th Airlift Wing, “is currently outprocessing for discharge from the Air Force, which was previously approved by his commander on August 4th,” Air Force officials said Wednesday.
“While we are aware of the comments that appear on various Web sites attributed to Staff Sgt. Moran, officials with United States Air Forces in Europe will not discuss nor characterize those comments.”
"I doubt America's future if we choose to abandon the Constitution at the moment of this battle with B. Obama's desire for absolute authority and unwillingness to cooperate," Moran, 41, told The Associated Press on Wednesday in an email from Germany.
In an online statement and video posted this week at BirtherReport.com, Moran calls for “Americans to arrest Obama” and said he hasn’t reported to his job at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center since Aug. 4.
“They haven’t even called my house yet, but they will come for me soon,” Moran wrote in a Sunday posting, adding that he’s willing to go to jail for his beliefs.
In a separate story posted on the site last month, Moran claimed he was facing a medical discharge from the Air Force for failing to support the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal, which will allow gay and lesbian troops to serve openly in the military. A military medical board found, “he was unable to keep his personal opinions out of the office,” Moran said, according to the story.
Former Army Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, an Army doctor, was found guilty of disobeying orders in December after he refused to deploy to Afghanistan because he said he doubted Obama’s birth records.
Like Lakin, Moran has appeared in YouTube videos with leaders of the birther movement.
Moran told AP he started doing research online about Obama after he was put on leave and after two airmen were killed in March in a shooting in Frankfurt, Germany.
Moran's father, Howard Moran, told AP he's proud of his son for taking a stand, and the information his son found online also convinced him that Obama isn't qualified to be president.
"Even if you don't agree with him, you have to give him some credit. I believe he's doing what he thinks is right," said Howard Moran, who also served in the Air Force.
Daryn Moran joined the Air Force after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and previously served in the Marines from 1991-1995, AP reported.
Moran told the AP Wednesday that he hoped to be back in his hometown of Omaha within the next week with his wife and two children.