WRIGHT BROTHERS DAY: December 17, 2018

Wright Brothers photo for article by Carl Buhler

One hundred and fifteen years ago today, on December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright, two American brothers from Dayton, Ohio, changed history.

By launching their hand built plane and achieving powered flight for 12 seconds, the aviation-era began.  However, today, many look back at this momentous occasion and forget about the time where ships and land travel were the primary modes of transportation.  Times sure have changed.

To celebrate this occasion, December 17, 2018, is Wright Brother Day per a Presidential Proclamation.  This national day was approved and adopted by Congress by a joint resolution on December 17, 1963.  Click here to read the Presidential Proclamation for 2018.

Also, for information on visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina, please visit this National Park service link.

The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing aerospace, aircraft maintenance, supply, logistics and production consulting services. Carl enjoys history and enjoys visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina.  He is a member of the Air Force Association.

Colonial Williamsburg during the Holiday Season

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Image by Brett Sayles

The holiday season at Colonial Williamsburg is a time of fun, exploration and adventure.  Wrapped around beautiful sights, interactive events and history, a visit to Colonial Williamsburg is bound to be an adventure one will never forget.

Colonial Williamsburg is an immersive 18th-century experience, made even more wonderful during the holiday season.  Visitors who explore during this time of the year will be able to see Christmas decorations, skate on the ice rink, dine at incredible restaurants, shop and explore. Additionally, visitors can hear locals from the 18th century discuss life during the winter and how they prepare for the cold winters. There are also a number of special events throughout the holiday season. For more information on these events, please visit the Colonial Williamsburg online calendar here.

For additional excitement, visitors can head to Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town which is open now through Jan 5, 2019.

The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing aerospace, production, manufacturing, and defense consulting services. Carl enjoys history and enjoys visiting Colonial Williamsburg.  He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

The American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation

American Legion photo - post by Carl BuhlerImage By:  Lucas Carter (The American Legion)

Helping those in need is what the American Legion aims to do by establishing the American Legion Veterans and Children Foundation. This foundation was established in October 2018 to “advance the organization’s continuous efforts to assist disabled veterans and military parents in need for decades to come” according to the American Legion.

To create the foundation, the Legion’s National Executive Committee approved a proposal to change the name of the American Legion Endowment Fund, which was established in 1925, to a name that is more representative of the Legion’s current mission.

The Legion also began a fundraising drive to increase funds in the foundation, while simultaneously setting a $25 million goal. Funds raised for the foundation are tax-deductible and can be made at www.legion.org/donate. Also, for more information on this foundation, please visit the following website.

The author, Carl Buhler, is a US Air Force retired Brigadier General and CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services across the aircraft maintenance, logistics, supply and production areas. Carl is a member of several veteran support organizations and a proud member of the American Legion.

The American Legion and Team 100

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Image by: Lucas Carter/The American Legion.

As the American Legion approaches its 100th anniversary in March, 2019, an effort called Team 100, is underway to not only increase membership, but to “draw on our timeless principles, reload and fire them into a second century of service to community, state and nation” according to Brett Reistad, the National Commander of the American Legion.

In an article titled ‘You are Team 100’, National Commander Reistad states “[a]s I prepare to lead The American Legion during its centennial year, I believe this is an opportunity to promote and educate communities nationwide about the organization’s history, four pillars, programs, and contributions to veterans and their families. To support this effort, I have chosen Team 100 to be our centennial membership theme – to bring all our resources to bear, increase our membership and start our second century of service off on the right foot.”

Each Legionnaire can help achieve the intent of Team 100 by identifying and recruiting new members to the American Legion. Often, just asking an eligible person to join the American Legion is what it takes for that person to join the Legion.  For more information, visit https://www.legion.org/dispatch/243100/you-are-team-100.  Also, for a video on Team 100, please visit https://www.legion.org/legiontv/FLlEg8BvcEH4ZVkK6f9s_Z6Q/DGiglYaJa4Y.

The author, Carl Buhler, is a US Air Force retired US Air Force Brigadier General (AF bio at (https://bit.ly/2AN3DVD).  Currently, he is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC (https://buhlerconsulting.com) which specializes in providing consulting services for aerospace, production, manufacturing, and defense. Carl Buhler maintains affiliation with several military and veteran support organizations and is a member of the American Legion.