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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National Teacher Day – May 7, 2019

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Courtesy of National Day Calendar

Today, May 7, 2019 is National Teacher Appreciation Day, otherwise known as National Teacher Day.  The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”  

Today is a great day to think about and/or thank a teacher.  Many of us have a favorite teacher from our time in school.  As we think about how teachers shaped our lives, gave us an extra few minutes of their time, listened to our problems, and helped mold us into who we are today, we’re reminded of the special role teachers have in the lives of many.  As parents, teachers continue to play a role in our lives as they influence our children and teach them foundational elements as they start their journey in life.

Many teachers have influenced me during my life…and I’m confident others will say the same thing.  So, to all of my teachers, thank you!

According to the National Education Association, “[t]he origins of National Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.  NEA, along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan.) Local, lobbied Congress to create a national day to celebrate teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day for that year only.  NEA and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day in March until 1985, when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May.”

Additionally, National Day Calendar, added teachers “are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding professionals that mold our children’s lives in a positive direction.  We entrust our children with the teachers, and they affect their lives on a daily basis.”  A very true statement!

The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler, is the CEO and Lead Consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, munitions, technology, SBIR, production, logistics, and supply.  Carl is a career Air Force aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics officer.  He is also a member of two Parent Teacher organizations.

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March 29, 2019 — Vietnam Veterans Day

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On 28 March 2017, President Trump signed ‘The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017’ into law.  This law “encourages the display of the U.S. flag on March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day” and designated March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day  For President’s Trump statement, please click here.

March 29th was the date chosen due to Military Assistance Command Vietnam’s deactivation on March 29, 1973.  According to the the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration[o]ur Commemorative Partners have helped communities publicly and individually thank 2.3 million Vietnam veterans and their families during 15 thousand ceremonies.”  Also, more than “11 thousand local, state and national organizations have partnered with us to assist the nation in honoring 6.4 million living Vietnam veterans and the 9 million families of those who served.

To see a video tribute by General Robert B. Neller, the 37th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, please click here.

The author, retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler, US Air Force, is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, technology, SBIR, production, logistics, and supply.  Carl is a career aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics officer.  Carl is also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Air Force Association.

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National Medal of Honor Day

Medal of Honor picture for Article by Brig Gen Carl Buhler USAF retired

March 25, 2019 was National Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to honor the recipients of our nation’s highest medal, the Medal of Honor.

This year some of the 72 living Medal of Honor recipients laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  These recipients were participating on a three-day trip to Washington, DC for an annual event that recognizes recipients for their bravery.

According to Stars & Stripes, “[a]ll 72 living Medal of Honor recipients, from World War II through the Korean and Vietnam wars to the 21st-century conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, are invited to Washington annually for a March 25 National Medal of Honor Day.  American Airlines pays for their charter flight and some other events during the weekend.”

The first Medals of Honor were presented on March 25, 1863, when then-Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, “presented Medals of Honor (Army) to six members of the  “Andrews Raiders” for their volunteering and participation during an American Civil War raid in April of 1862”, according to NationalDayCalendar. Since its creation, “there have been 3,468 Medals of Honor awarded to the country’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coast guardsmen.”

There are three versions of the Medal of Honor, specifically the Army, Navy, and Air Force versions.  Members of the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard receive the Navy version.  According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society (MOHS), “the Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.”  For additional details on the Medal of Honor, please visit the CMOHS website.

The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler, is the CEO and Lead Consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC which provides consulting services in a wide variety of defense and aerospace areas.  Brig Gen Buhler (ret) is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Air Force Association.

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