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.

Adrian Peterson and the Redskins

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There has been a lot written about Adrian Peterson (AP) and the role he is playing for the Redskins during the 2018 NFL season.  After last week’s victory against the Cowboys, AP is only 26 yards away from passing Tony Dorsett for 9th overall on the all-time rushing list. Additionally, he is 546 yards away from passing Eric Dickerson for 8th overall.

What makes AP’s performance as a Redskins impressive, is the fact he wasn’t signed until the end of August, in the middle of the preseason.  Additionally, and more impressive, is AP’s contract with the Redskins is only a one-year contract, signed at the veteran’s minimum of $1.015 million according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.  The contract is guaranteed since Adrian Peterson was on the team during week 1 of the season.

That said, AP brings more than just yards to the Redskins, as he is bringing energy and determination to the team. Also, his post-game recovery program and training program are both lauded by other Redskins players.  AP is also a respected team leader and one whose willingness to play through injuries is serving as motivation to other players.

The author, Carl Buhler, is retired from the US Air Force. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan and predicts a bright 2018 season.

Legion Legacy Run Brings in $550,000 for Scholarships

The American Legion has a number of initiatives to help veterans and their families, one of which is the American Legion Scholarship Fund. The fund provides higher education financial support for children of veterans who have fallen in active duty post-September 11th, 2001, as well as children of veterans who have become disabled during this period. One of the major fundraising efforts of this scholarship is the Legacy Run, which is sponsored by USAA and has taken place annually over the past 12 years. This year’s run was held in the summer and spanned western parts of the country, including Colorado and Utah, after beginning in Kansas.

This year’s event raised more than $550,000, which will be used for new scholarships. All told, the Legacy Run events have brought in upwards of $7.4 million for the fund.

The author, Brigadier General (retired) Carl Buhler (https://bit.ly/2AN3DVD), retired from the Air Force in 2018. Currently, he is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC (https://buhlerconsulting.com), where he provides consulting services to commercial, industrial, and defense companies. Outside his professional life, Carl Buhler continues to support military organizations such as the American Legion.

The 2019 Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition in Orlando

 

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2019 Air Warfare Symposium
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One of the premier annual events hosted by the Air Force Association (AFA) is the Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition. Scheduled to take place from February 27 to March 1 in Orlando, Florida, the 2019 event will bring together distinguished Air Force leaders, as well as government officials and academics. During the event, discussions on present and future challenges facing the aerospace community and Air Force will occur. In the past, the three-day event has been attended by high-ranking individuals including the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Director of the Air National Guard, and Chief of the Air Force Reserve.

The 2019 symposium will feature more than 50 aerospace companies that have produced innovative technologies in air warfare capability, as well as 12 hours of exhibit time and an outdoor barbecue dinner that will allow Air Force leaders to converse and exchange ideas with exhibitors. For more information on the Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, please visit https://www.afa.org/events/calendar/2019/02/27/air-warfare-symposium.

The author, Brigadier General (retired) Carl Buhler (https://bit.ly/2AN3DVD) spent over 28 years in the United States Air Force in various leadership capacities and now serves as the CEO of Buhler Consulting (https://buhlerconsulting.com), a Virginia-based defense and aerospace consultancy company. In addition to his Air Force experience, Carl Buhler is a member of the AFA.