National Medal of Honor Day

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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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Centennial Anniversary of the American Legion

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As we reflect on the Centennial Anniversary of the American Legion, which recently occurred on 15 Mar 2019, we’re reminded of the reason the American Legion was formed. According to the Legion, “[t]he American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.”

To celebrate the Centennial Anniversary, Brett P. Reistad, the American Legion National Commander, sent an email to Legionnaires, where he wrote “It all started 100 years ago today when four line officers decided to start an organization to help the millions of veterans returning home from World War I.

And for 100 years, The American Legion has been an influential force in improving the lives of veterans and shaping American society.  Everything we’ve accomplished is because of our Legionnaires — and your commitment to serving our veterans, our communities and our nation.  Together, we’ve made amazing things happen.  Thank you for being a part of The American Legion Family and what you do every day on behalf of our veterans, servicemembers and their families.

I’m very proud of our legacy. I can’t wait to see what comes next.  Happy birthday, Legionnaires!”

National Commander Reistad’s email perfectly captures what the American Legion is all about, plus the impact the Legion has had on veterans.  For more from National Commander Reistad, please watch the American Legion video.

Additionally, there is an informative Centennial Documentary…it’s worth watching and is just under 12 minutes long. The video is available here.

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, technology, SBIR, supply, logistics and production. Brig Gen Buhler (ret) is a member of the American Legion.

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NATIONAL K9 VETERANS DAY – March 13, 2019

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Today, March 13, 2019 is National K9 Veterans Day. According to National Day Calendar, “National K9 Veterans Day is celebrated on March 13th on the official birthday of the US Army K9 Corps, which was formed in 1942.  Joseph White, a retired military working dog trainer, originated the idea for the day.”

Every day, around the globe, veteran Military Working Dogs perform a variety of roles to keep others safe and to help execute a variety of missions. Some of these military working dogs are honored throughout their career with retirements and awards, but today is a great day to recognize the service of all military working dogs.  One way to recognize military working dogs today is to use the #NationalK9VeteransDay hashtag.

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

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National Inventors’ Day – February 11, 2019

Inventor Day image for Carl Buhler articleToday, February 11, 2019 is National Inventors’ Day.  On June 21, 1982, the 97th Congress passed Joint Resolution 140 (Public Law 97 – 198), to designate 11 February, the anniversary of Thomas Edison’s birthday, as National Inventors’ Day.  Edison was born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio and held 1093 patents according to the EDN network.

Subsequent to the Congressional Joint Resolution, when Ronald Reagan was President of the United States, he proclaimed February 11, 1983 as National Inventors’ Day via Proclamation 5013.  In the proclamation, President Reagan wrote Almost two hundred years ago, President George Washington recognized that invention and innovation were fundamental to the welfare and strength of the United States. He successfully urged the First Congress to enact a patent statute as expressly authorized by the U.S. Constitution and wisely advised that “there is nothing which can better deserve your patronage than the promotion of science . . .” In 1790, the first patent statute initiated the transformation of the United States from an importer of technology to a world leader in technological innovation.

Today, just as in George Washington’s day, inventors are the keystone of the technological progress that is so vital to the economic, environmental, and social well-being of this country. Individual ingenuity and perseverance, spurred by the incentives of the patent system, begin the process that results in improved standards of living, increased public and private productivity, creation of new industries, improved public services, and enhanced competitiveness of American products in world markets.

In recognition of the enormous contribution inventors make to the nation and the world, the Congress, pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 140 (Public Law 97-198), has designated February 11, 1983, the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Alva Edison, one of America’s most famous and prolific inventors, as National Inventors’ Day. Such recognition is especially appropriate at a time when our country is striving to maintain its global position as a leader in innovation and technology. Key to our future success will be the dedication and creativity of inventors.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim February 11, 1983, as National Inventors’ Day and call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 12th day of Jan., in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and seventh.”

To observe National Inventors’ Day, National Day Calendar recommends you “[k]eep tinkering.  Keep seeking a cure, a fix, and improvements to our everyday life.  Take time to recognize an inventor and encourage them to keep creating the next great invention.”  Another way is to use #NationalInventorsDay on social media.  For teachers, there is a lesson available about National Inventor’s Day at the National Day Calendar Classroom.

Across the world and the United States, inventors are making a difference every day.  For inventors and companies looking to explore how their inventions can help the United States Department of Defense, there are many technology and innovation efforts ongoing.  One example is with the United States Air Force and their AFWERX initiative.  AFWERX was designed to solve Air Force challenges by working with industry on innovative technology and solutions. One part of AFWERX is focused on new technologies and small businesses, who can apply for opportunities through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. For more information on AFWERX, visit their site.

The author, United States Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler is the CEO and lead consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC, a consulting company that specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, supply, technology, SBIR, logistics and production. Brigadier General Buhler (ret) is a computer and technology fan, plus is a member of the Air Force Association and National Defense Industrial Association.

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