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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National Volunteer Week – April 7-13, 2019

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In 1991, as part of President George H. W. Bush’s 1000 Points of Light campaign to support volunteerism, April was designated as National Volunteer Month.

As part of National Volunteer Month, there is one week designated as National Volunteer Week (April 7-13, 2019), which closes out today.  National Volunteer Week was “established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week” according to Points of Light.

National Volunteer Week “is an opportunity to thank all the thousands of volunteers across the country who keep many organizations running, communities safe and provide the services that otherwise would not exist without volunteers.”

It’s been wonderful seeing and reading stories about volunteers who are making a difference, so consider thanking a volunteer or becoming one yourself.  There are great things happening across the nation’s communities to help others, but more can be done.  We already look forward to the National Volunteer Week for 2020.

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 aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics officer.  He is also an active volunteer and supporter of those who volunteer, plus is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

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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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