30th Anniversary of Operation Just Cause – December 20, 2019

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Today, December 20, 2019, is the 30th anniversary of Operation Just Cause. On this day in 1989, President George Bush launched Operation Just Cause by sending US forces into Panama to oust dictator Manuel Noriega.

According to History.com, the United States invaded Panama “in an attempt to overthrow military dictator Manuel Noriega, who had been indicted in the United States on drug trafficking charges and was accused of suppressing democracy in Panama and endangering U.S. nationals.”

History.com added “U.S. troops joined the 12,000 U.S. military personnel already in Panama and were met with scattered resistance from the PDF. By December 24, the PDF was crushed, and the United States held most of the country. Endara was made president by U.S. forces, and he ordered the PDF dissolved. On January 3, Noriega was arrested by U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents. The U.S. invasion of Panama cost the lives of only 23 U.S. soldiers and three U.S. civilians. Some 150 PDF soldiers were killed along with an estimated 500 Panamanian civilians. The Organization of American States and the European Parliament both formally protested the invasion, which they condemned as a flagrant violation of international law.”

Per Signalsaz, the “Armed Forces of the Unites States began operations to topple Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and safeguard American lives.”  They added Operation Just Cause “lasted little more than a month, but succeeded in restoring order in Panama, the arrest of Manuel Noriega, and bringing a sense of accomplishment to the American military which had been in the process of rebuilding after many years of neglect.”

Today’s anniversary serves as a reminder of the dedication and sacrifices made 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.  He is a member of the Air Force Association, American Legion, MOAA, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

 

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.

 

 

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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