Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mother’s Day 2016

I couldn’t choose just one picture to share today, so I’m posting them all! Happy Mother’s Day to our wonderful mom’s both military and civilian alike.


Silver Star Service Banner Day

Every May 1 Americans honor the sacrifices of the combat wounded, ill and dying service members on Silver Star Service Banner Day.

Across all branches of The United States military, Silver Star families are honored for their services with the symbol of the Silver Star Service Banner and Flag.  We are encouraged on May 1 to take the opportunity to do the same.



Show gratitude and thank those who have returned from deployment wounded or ill. You can get involved with helping SSFOA members with fundraising and community awareness events in your area. Share your stories or experiences using #SilverStarService.

For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for Silver Star Service Banner Day.

Image of the Day: 11 March 2016

Load em up!



March is Women’s History Month

Women's history month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society. Read more

Image of the Day: 27 February 2016

Barret .50 Cal Muzzle Blast

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How do we bridge the civil/military gap? The largest in US History

There are several opinions coming from both sides of this divide as to why the gap exists (largest in US history) and what can be done to close it .
I’ve shared a couple of excerpts and links to the related articles below. It’s going to take effort from both sides of the cassim, but with determination we can begin to close the gap between us.

Flash forward nearly 20 years, and Ricks’ observations not only proved prescient, but remain exceedingly relevant. (in reference to the above quote).

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How to Develop Situational Awareness


This is a long article but WELL WORTH bookmarking and referring to it as needed. I read this article when it was first published and have made an effort to put the advice into practice. It’s a good skill to master. Enjoy!

February 5, 2015

Brett & Kate McKay

As the names implies, situational awareness is simply knowing what’s going on around you. It sounds easy in principle, but in reality requires much practice. And while it is taught to soldiers, law enforcement officers, and yes, government-trained assassins, it’s an important skill for civilians to learn as well. In a dangerous situation, being aware of a threat even seconds before everyone else can keep you and your loved ones safe.
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6 Weird Laws Unique To The US Military


U.S. troops obey a different set of legal guidelines called the Uniform Code of Military Justice. While the UCMJ mirrors civilian law in many ways, there are some laws on the military books that are unique, and somewhat bizarre. We checked out the Manual for Courts-Martial and picked out six such laws here:

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Elephants, rats and dolphins: Eight ways the U.S. military has used animals

An elephant called Chishuru is rewarded on the target mat for having completely a successful scent trial in Bela-Bela, north of Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo/Graham Alexander, Adventures With Elephants)

A recent Associated Press story is getting widespread attention: The U.S. Army Research Office is researching how elephants can sniff out explosives. The pachyderms wouldn’t be used in combat, but researchers hope to take what they learn and incorporate it into electronic sensors used by U.S. troops in the future. Read more

41 Phrases Only People In The Military Will Understand

US Marine Corps


Every region of the US has its own unique phrases, but they have nothing on the complex lexicon shared by people in the military.

Our service members already set themselves apart by speaking in acronyms like, “I was on the FOB when the IDF hit, so I radioed the TOC.” Aside from their acronyms, members of the military also have their own special phrases that caught our attention. Read more

Who Won the American Revolution?: Crash Course US History #7


John Green teaches you about the American Revolution. And the Revolutionary War. I know we’ve labored the point here, but they weren’t the same thing. In any case, John will teach you about the major battles of the war, and discuss the strategies on both sides. Everyone is familiar with how this war played out for the Founding Fathers; they got to become the Founding Fathers. But what did the revolution mean to the common people in the United States? For white, property-owning males, it was pretty sweet. They gained rights that were a definite step up from being British Colonial citizens. For everyone else, the short-term gains were not clear. Women’s rights were unaffected, and slaves remained in slavery. As for poor white folks, they remained poor and disenfranchised. The reality is it took a long time for this whole democracy thing to get underway, and the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness weren’t immediately available to all these newly minted Americans.

Image of the Day: 26 October 2014


USMC combat veteran, Lucca and his/her handler, Afghanistan.

I have to take care of some things here at home today. I’ll see everyone this evening. Have a great Sunday.

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The Art of War: Infograph


Off to War

US soldiers patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province, on October 11, 2012. The Afghan conflict, America's longest war

Many of our love ones are off to war
They leave us behind for distance shores
They seek out our enemies to even the score
But some of them we may never see once more

We give them our thanks and pray each day
For God to watch over them while they are away
We known they will do their duty for they are brave
To fight those who would make of us their slave

It is the Armed Forces who fight to keep us free
For they are willing to die for you and me
They will do their duty until victory is achieved
Only then will they be allowed to grieve

They are my heroes, so young, so brave and true
Fighting to protect our flag, the red, white and blue
It is through them the American Spirit is renewed
And recognition for their sacrifices is long overdue

by Ellen Bailey