Marine Forces Reserve's Top Chaplain Was Ousted Over New Orleans Bar Sex Tape


When Task & Purpose first broke the news that the Marine Forces Reserve had fired top chaplain, Navy Capt. Loften C. Thornton, the public story was that Thornton had been relieved of his duties “due to a loss of trust and confidence.”

Apparently, “loss of trust and confidence” was code for getting some strange sexual action on with a woman in a New Orleans bar — and getting caught on camera in the process.

Two defense officials told USA Today that Thorton was removed from his post after video emerged of the chaplain “having sex with a woman at the Crown & Anchor Pub, a British-themed tavern across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter.” Authorities are “examining” video of the incident, which bar owner Neil Timms told USA Today “took place in front of the pub by the road near some picnic tables.”

The Crown & Anchor Pub is apparently a short drive from the MARFORRES installation where Thornton was based.

Navy Capt. Loften C. ThorntonU.S. Navy

Thornton has been a Navy chaplain since 1992. He previously served as the chaplain for Headquarters and Service Battalion at Marine Corps Forces Pacific; in 2000, he presided over the memorial service of 17 Navy sailors killed in the bombing of the USS Cole bombing by Al Qaeda in Yemen.

Navy chaplains are embedded in Navy and Marine Corp units alike to “provide a source of comfort and refuge that enables service members and their families to practice and grow in their faith and to face personal and professional challenges,” according to the service’s strategic plan.

“Chaplains,” the guidance adds, “provide a visible reminder of the presence of God and offer hope during the most difficult times that our people face.”

A top Senate Republican and fierce ally of President Donald Trump reportedly exploded at Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently about the U.S. military's plans to withdraw all troops from Syria by the end of April.

"That's the dumbest f******g idea I've ever heard," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly replied when Shanahan confirmed the Trump administration still plans to complete the Syria withdrawal by April 30.

Later, Graham told Shanahan, "I am now your adversary, not your friend."

Read More Show Less
Airmen with the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron pump water from a flooded common living area to an area with less impact on the local population, Dec. 13, 2009, in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force/ Staff Sgt. Sharon Singer)

The definition of insanity, the old saying goes, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result — a definition that applies perfectly to the Trump administration's response to the looming national security threat of global climate change.

Read More Show Less

After more than a decade and billions spent developing the consistently troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Air Force is eyeing a new variant of the F-15 — much to lawmakers' dismay.

Read More Show Less
Islamic state members walk in the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 18, 2019. (Reuters/Rodi Said)

NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - The Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.

Read More Show Less
Russian President Vladimir Putin fires a fortress cannon. (Associated Press/Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin)

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that Russia will target the U.S. with new weapons should Washington decide to deploy intermediate-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to Europe following the recent death of a Cold War-era arms control agreement, according to multiple reports.

He threatened to target not only the host countries where U.S. missiles might be stationed but also decision-making centers in the U.S.

Read More Show Less