16th Anniversary of Saddam Hussein Capture – December 13, 2019

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December 13, 2019 is the 16th anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s capture by U.S. forces at a farmhouse in Adwar. Operating under Operation Red Dawn, US forces discovered Saddam Hussein in a spider hole.  The capture occurred after Saddam Hussein spent nine months “on the run.”

According to History.com, “Saddam’s downfall began on March 20, 2003, when the United States led an invasion force into Iraq to topple his government, which had controlled the country for more than 20 years.”  History.com adds “[O]n December 13, 2003, U.S. soldiers found Saddam Hussein hiding in a six-to-eight-foot deep hole, nine miles outside his hometown of Tikrit. The man once obsessed with hygiene was found to be unkempt, with a bushy beard and matted hair. He did not resist and was uninjured during the arrest. A soldier at the scene described him as “a man resigned to his fate.”

Business Insider added “US forces captured and arrested the disheveled former dictator on the outskirts of his hometown in Tikrit, Iraq — without firing a single shot.”

Today’s anniversary reminds us all of the dedication and hard work by the men and women serving in the US Armed Forces.

The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which provides consulting services for a variety of companies across the logistics, technology, aircraft maintenance, munitions, small business (SBIR), production, and supply areas.  Carl is a career aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics officer.  Additionally, he is a member of the Air Force Association, American Legion, MOAA, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

 

 

Veterans Day – November 11, 2019

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November 11, 2019 is Veterans Day, a day we honor military veterans.  According to Pew Research, there “were around 20.4 million U.S. veterans in 2016 … representing less than 10% of the total U.S. adult population.”

Additionally, according to the US Dept of Defense (DoD), Veterans Day “was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I.  World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, the fighting ended about seven months before that when the Allies and Germany put into effect an armistice on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”

The DoD added, “[i]n 1926, Congress officially recognized it as the end of the war, and in 1938, it became an official holiday, primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I.  But then World War II and the Korean War happened, so on June 1, 1954, at the urging of veterans service organizations, Congress amended the commemoration yet again by changing the word “armistice” to “veterans” so the day would honor American veterans of all wars.“

For some interesting facts on Veterans Day, please visit History.com here.   Some of the more interesting facts are “[i]n Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11” and “[e]very Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, Arlington National Cemetery holds an annual memorial service. The cemetery is home to the graves of over 400,000 people, most of whom served in the military.

Lastly, for a Veterans Day infographic of facts, please visit here.

The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler, is the CEO and Lead Consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC which provides consulting services across the logistics, technology, aircraft maintenance, munitions, SBIR, production, and supply chain areas.  Carl is a career aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics officer.  He is a member of the American Legion, Air Force Association, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Bionic Lift awarded a US Air Force AFWERX SBIR Phase I

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Bionic Lift, LLC is excited to announce our selection for an AFWERX SBIR Phase I contract.  Bionic Lift is a national security-focused technology innovation company bringing technology to the warfighter.

Bionic Lift CEO, Carl Buhler stated “within the U.S. military, hundreds of thousands of maintenance, logistics, and support personnel—uniformed and civilian—perform a myriad of daily tasks involving repetitive motion, as well as awkward lateral and overhead arm & shoulder movement, often in difficult environments. The subsequent loss of productivity, due to worker fatigue and injury, has an adverse impact on readiness & costs.”

Additional details are available here.

Carl  Buhler enjoys technology, innovation, and process improvement.

 

NATIONAL AMELIA EARHART DAY – July 24, 2019

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Today is the 122nd year anniversary of the birth of aviation pioneer and author, Amelia Mary Earhart who was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897.

According to the Amelia Earhart Museum, after moving to California, Amelia learned to fly by taking “up aviation as a hobby, taking odd jobs to pay for her flying lessons. In 1922, with the financial help of her sister, Muriel, and her mother, Amy Otis Earhart, she purchased her first airplane, a Kinner Airster.”

Additionally, per National Day Calendar, “[o]ne of Earhart’s most impressive achievements took place on May 20th, 1932. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo flight across the Atlantic. He flew from New York to Paris in 33 hours and 30 minutes. Earhart took off from Grace Harbor, Newfoundland four years to the day Lindbergh completed his flight. Throughout the flight, she faced many technical difficulties. Her goal was to land in Paris, France.”

Also, “[d]ue to Earhart’s challenges in flight, she landed the red Lockheed Vega 14 hours and 16 minute later in Derry, Ireland. All in all, the flight was a success. She became the first woman pilot to complete the journey. Following Earhart’s record-setting accomplishment, she earned the United States Distinguished Flying Cross” continues National Day Calendar.

The Amelia Earhart Museum added that in June 1937, “Amelia embarked upon the first around-the-world flight at the equator. On July 2, after completing nearly two-thirds of her historic flight — over 22,000 miles — Amelia vanished along with her navigator Frederick Noonan. They took off from Lae, New Guinea, bound for tiny Howland Island in the vast Pacific Ocean. The distance from Lae to Howland was about equal to a transcontinental flight across the U.S. A great naval, air and land search failed to locate Amelia, Noonan, or the aircraft, and it was assumed they were lost at sea. To this day, their fate is the subject of unending speculation.”

National Amelia Earhart Day continues to honor the achievements of this incredible aviation pioneer, who continues to inspire aviators and others, across the globe.

The author, US Air Force Brigadier General (retired) Carl Buhler, is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, munitions, technology, SBIR, production, logistics, aviation, and supply.  Carl served on active-duty for almost three decades and is a career aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics officer.  Carl is a proud supporter of veterans and veteran’s issues and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

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