Two employees of a Colorado Springs hotel have been fired after making a sign critical of military personnel and displaying the sign at a military ball, hotel officials said.
The incident happened March 14 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs, according to the hotel's general manager, Daniel Kammerer.
Kammerer was apologetic about the sign, which said: "No longer serving military personnel & their guest(s)."
The sign was created and displayed by two supervisors of the hotel and displayed at a post-deployment event, with more than 600 people, who were honoring and celebrating military service and sacrifice, as reported Friday by CBS 4.
"Our property has a proud history of hiring veterans and welcoming the military as our guests," Kammerer said in a Facebook post the day after the incident. "Last night two of our team members acted without the proper authority to close and exclude military guests from our hotel's bar. This action is inconsistent with our values, and we humbly apologize."
Kammerer, who has a brother who serves in Navy, went on to say that the two employees have been fired and that their actions are not representative of the hotel and its staff.
"We deeply regret any offense to the service members and their guests and have implemented a retraining of our employees to ensure this does not happen again," Kammerer said. "We are honored and proud to support our military community and their families and look forward to continuing to serve those who serve us."
With the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a gaggle of B-52 Stratofortress bombers flexing their muscles in the Middle East, lawmakers are mounting yet another effort to repeal the post-9/11 legislation that could be used as a potential legal justification for a military conflict with Iran.
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday voted along party lines to add an amendment to the annual defense budget that would roll back the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force that, passed just days after the September 11th attacks, provided a legislative blank check for the U.S. military to pursue terror groups around the world.
In what appear to be his first public remarks on U.S. national security since his resignation as Secretary of Defense, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis offered a word of caution to President Donald Trump amid escalating tensions with Iran on Tuesday.
"The United States should buy time to keep peace and stability and allow diplomats to work diplomacy on how to keep peace for one more hour, one more day, one more week, a month or a year," Mattis said during remarks in the United Arab Emirates.
"Iran's behavior must change," Mattis added, "[but] the military must work to buy time for diplomats to work their magic."