Ohio GOP House candidate JR Majewski returns, claims his military records show no evidence of fighting or service in Afghanistan because they are ‘classified’

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JR Majewski, Republican nominee for U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 9th congressional district, takes the stage at a campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio, Saturday, September 17, 2022.Tom E. Puskar/TUSEN PH

  • Ohio GOP candidate JR Majewski has come up with a new defense over his combat records.

  • At a Friday meeting, Majewski said data related to a deployment to Afghanistan had been “classified”.

  • All available military records show that Majewski never served in Afghanistan, according to the TUSEN.

Ohio GOP House candidate JR Majewski backtracked on the claim that he was deployed to Afghanistan, saying his lips — and records — are sealed on the matter.

At a Friday meeting, Majewski responded to an The US Express News report showing that Majewski had lied about his service in Afghanistan, according to military data obtained by the point of sale. Majewski claimed that some top secret documents that only he has access to tell a different story.

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“The orders and military records that I have been able to extract from my personal files show that all my transmissions are classified,” Majewski told his supporters.

He claimed the coverage of the case was part of a plan to take him down, adding that the Air Force said it could not verify whether or not he was going to Afghanistan.

If Majewski had seen and participated in combat anywhere, including Afghanistan, he would almost certainly be a recipient of the Combat Action Ribbon, which he did not possess, according to the TUSEN. Secret medals are quite rare, even among the most elite units like Navy SEALs, and the winner can still wear the medal – it’s only the citation on their record that would be edited from release, not the prize itself.

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Similarly, significant service in Afghanistan would have resulted in earning the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the criteria of which include aircrews flying to, within or out of that country for at least 30 days. It is noteworthy that there is also no record of Majewski receiving the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, which is given to troops, including aircrew, who have been deployed abroad in support of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan and who have spent at least 30 days have served.

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This award is common among veterans who served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and public records show that Majewski worked as an aviator assisting the loading and unloading of passengers from Qatar in support of several wars.

In August, Insider first reported that Majewski had broken a federal law by disclosing his personal finances late in his race. Majewski’s campaign did not immediately respond to Insider’s investigation.

In recent weeks, Donald Trump — who has backed Majewski — has been largely light-hearted in discussing how things are classified or released. In an interview with Shaun Hannity on Wednesday, Trump suggested he could release documents just by thinking about them.

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