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Christian artist ready for call to active duty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Rob Beckley, lead singer of the contemporary Christian rock band Pillar, could possibly be called up to active duty in the army reserves, according to a spokesperson for Flicker Records.

“I’m willing to do whatever it takes for the United States, even if it means giving up the ministry we have with Pillar for the time being,” Beckley said. “This is about freedom, freedom that men have fought for, and freedom that God has provided.”

Serving in the army for over four years, Beckley has been attached to the 388th Medical Logistics Battalion in Hays, Kansas, and earned his overseas training ribbon in Pirmasens, Germany.

Growing up in a military family, Beckley’s father, now a command sergeant major, served in Operations Joint Endeavor in the Bosnia peacekeeping mission.

Pillar is currently on the 45-city “Alien Youth” tour with Skillet and Justified through Nov. 18, putting them in front of more than 50,000 youth.

Beckley said he feels it’s important to address the matter from stage, sharing with his young fans that “the government puts military on alert in a time of war, but we are to be alert at all times as the army of God.”

“It’s sad that it takes an event like this to pray for our country,” he said. “Don’t stop at ‘See you at the Pole’ — everybody has the weapon of prayer, and we need to pray without ceasing for our president, our country and the victims’ families.”

Pillar is slated to go into the studio to record their sophomore album in December of this year.

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