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.

National Day of the Deployed

Photo by Carl Buhler deployedOctober 26 is the National Day of the Deployed and is a day to honor all of the men and woman who have been deployed, are sacrificing, or have sacrificed their lives in defense of the United States.  Additionally, this is a day to acknowledge and celebrate the families who are separated from their loved ones due to deployments.  All 50 states officially observe the day as of 2012.

According to the National Day Calendar at www.nationaldaycalendar.com, “Shelle Michaels Aberle founded National Day of the Deployed in 2006. Ms. Aberle approached then North Dakota Governor John Hoeven for support of a North Dakota Proclamation for the day. Governor Hoeven was the first governor in the United States to recognize deployed troops in a formal proclamation. October 26 was chosen by Aberle’s cousin, Bottineau, ND native LTC David Hosna who was deployed to Iraq from Kaiserslautern, Germany.  October 26 is the date of Hosna’s birthday.”

There are many ways to increase knowledge and understanding of those deployed and their families, such as donating to a veteran’s organization, sending care packages to those deployed, contacting veteran’s groups to see how you can help, or even using the #DayOfTheDeployed social media hashtag.

The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler, is currently the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services to the aerospace, production, manufacturing, and defense industries. An advocate for veterans, Carl maintains an affiliation with several military and veteran support organizations.