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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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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Aviation Maintenance Technician Day – May 24, 2019

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Today, May 24, 2019, is Aviation Maintenance Technician Day.  According to National Day Calendar, “[t]hrough the efforts of Richard Dilbeck, in 2001, the FAA created the prestigious Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award to honor AMTs, who had served at least 50 years in aircraft maintenance.  The following year, California Senator Knight introduced a resolution honoring Aviation Maintenance Technicians annually in honor of Charles Taylor’s birthday.”

Then, on May 24, 2007, “a United States House of Representatives resolution supporting the goals and ideals of a National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day was introduced. Congressman Bob Filner of California was the sponsor of the resolution” states a wikipedia post.

As a retired US Air Force aircraft maintenance officer, I’ve had the honor to witness the incredible effort and results of aviation maintainers.  In fact, while serving as the Ogden Air Logistics Complex Commander in Utah a few years ago, I spoke at an Air Force Maintenance Professional of the Year banquet. During my speech, I stated “aviation maintenance has been a cornerstone of military aviation since powered flight was first achieved.  In 1907, the US Government put out its first bid for a ‘heavier than air flying machine’ … and with that, the need for aviation maintenance began. With this first air flying machine, the formal maintenance career was formed when the first non-flying mechanic, Mr Charley Taylor, arrived.  Charley then accompanied the Wright Flyer to Fort Meyer and became the first aviation maintainer.”

“Like Taylor, aviation maintenance technicians around the world work in the background, keeping civilian and military aircraft safe. On May 24th, we recognize their achievements and humble history” states National Day Calendar.

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, and supply.  Carl served on active-duty for almost three decades as a career aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics officer.  Carl is a member of the Air Force Association and the Logistics Officer Association.

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National Military Appreciation Month 2019

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As we finish the third week of National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM), many continue to remember military members, veterans, their families, and their combined sacrifices each and every day.  Additionally, as we look towards Memorial Day on Monday, May 27th, 2019, many will take the time to remember our nation’s veterans and commemorate those who died while in military service.

Years ago, while serving as a wing commander, I was honored to preside during a Memorial Day ceremony at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. During my speech, I stated “Memorial Day is an annual reminder of the everlasting debt we owe to courageous soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen who died on battlefields around the world.  We exist in a free society today because of their many sacrifices…from Bunker Hill to Afghanistan to every battle in between, including stateside.”

To me, this everlasting debt is part of the foundation of our nation.

To that end, for those interested in learning how they can show their appreciation to the military by participating in National Military Appreciation Month, Military.com has a list available here.

For background, “National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) is celebrated every May and is a declaration that encourages U.S. citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity. NMAM honors the current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom.  The month of May is characterized by six national observances which highlight the contributions of those who have served” stated MilitaryBenefits.info.

NMAM traces its history to 1999, when the late-Senator John McCain introduced legislation to designate May as National Military Appreciation Month. Next, the Senate and House adopted “resolutions calling for Americans to recognize and honor U.S. Service Members during NMAM. These proclamations also urge the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe NMAM” according to MilitaryBenefits.info.

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, and supply.  Carl served on active-duty for almost three decades as a career aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics officer.  Carl is a proud supporter of veterans and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

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