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    Our Flag and Memories of 9/11

    It was a simple act this morning: lowering the flag to half staff to remember 9/11/2001.  It was a cool and wet morning and at first, I hesitated.  Why should I head out within a week of chemotherapy, etc.  I could find all kinds of reasons to sit in my comfortable chair and sip coffee… I was still on active duty; in fact, my crew had landed from an overseas mission in the middle of the night and headed home for some well deserved rest that was not to be.  Half asleep and time zoned from a trip half way around the world, I was surprised to see and hear…

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    Stomping Out Sarcoma 5K Fun Run/Walk > Wordless Wednesday

    #FASTSOS #CureSarcoma #SarcomaAwarenessMonth Join Us    Dale Kissinger, ie. “Col K” is a co-founder of MilitaryAvenue.com and retired Air Force pilot who served with the best of the military community from the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force. He flew combat rescue and special operations helicopters, fixed wing trainers, special operations airlift and retired while flying the C-17 as the Vice Wing Commander of the 62nd Airlift Wing at McChord AFB. He served his country during conflicts in Bosnia, Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan.byColonel KonWednesday, July 16, 2014Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to PinterestMilitary Life:5K Fun Run Walk,Cancer,Col K,Sarcoma Awareness Month,Sarcoma Cancer

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    Happy to be Home! DoDLive Blogger Roundtable

    Photo Credit:  Real Warrior Campaign“Happy to be Home”Normally you start a blog with the beginning and work your way to the end; today, I started with the closing comments of Master Sergeant Aaron Tippett, US Army.  The Blogger Roundtable had the opportunity to interview and listen to the comments of an American hero and how he dealt with the challenges of PTSD.  Listen up military spouses!  He responded to his spouse after she saw the cumulative effects of multiple deployments.  Stay in touch with your spouse!  His advise for spouses was, “be there, listen, be supportive,” but don’t push it, each soldier is different.  After his wife encouraged him to…

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    A View of Military Family Security and the Washington Naval Shipyard Attack

    See Photo Credit BelowDo you feel safe on or near your military installation? News media coverage of the two attacks on military installations (Washington Naval Shipyard and Ft Hood) and Islamic terror attacks in Kenya and Pakistan against foreigners visiting a mall and Christians in church have again raised awareness of personal and family security. Last week’s Washington Naval Shipyard murders and the Fort Hood terrorist attack in 2009 against our soldiers remind us that it is a turbulent world in which we live. A downright scary world for some and our military community is certainly in the limelight. The Department of Defense is starting a couple of reviews to…

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    Take Care of Your Family While on that Hike

    Sign In at the TrailheadMost military families are active!  They do not sit at home and whether they explore the local area or visit a county/state/national park they can find themselves challenged in new and different ways.  Avoiding injuries or illness while staying active can take some planning and thought.   During a recent trip I hiked in the Adirondack National Park/ New York State Forest and it was certainly a great time.  But I did take a few precautions based on where I was going and what I knew about the area.  So a bit of intelligence gathering about the location of a hike can be critical.  Do you…

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    New and Old Adventures for the Military Family

    Old adventure!A military PCS is always an adventure!  In fact, “military lifestyle” is a synonym for adventure.  Finding new fun things to do in your new community after a PCS can be challenging for a military family! Heading outdoors, new schools, new jobs, getting out the front door, off the installation, exploring social opportunities, meeting new friends, visiting local highlights, browsing new malls, walking new trails and playing on new park equipment can be the best of times.  But last week I had the greatest time exploring an adventure from the past! Charleston, South Carolina was a wonderful place to live but the summer’s were hot and humid and each…

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    A Gold Star Mom Speaks Up! DoD Blogger Roundtable

    Staff Sergeant Carter  See Photo Credit BelowStaff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter will receive the Congressional Medal of Honor on Monday, August 26th for heroism at Combat Outpost Keating, Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009. There were eight soldiers from Carter’s unit killed during a ferocious battle that day. Pfc. Stephan Mace was one of them and his mother, Vanessa Adelson, has chosen to speak up to the American public about this story to highlight the sacrifices that are being made by the military community. The Gold Star community often serves quietly as Leanne noted earlier this week in her blog, “The Gold Star Family and Our American Flag“. Vanessa Adelson wants…

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    A True Hero,Spc. Frederick Greene! Why is the Army still calling Ft Hood Attack, “Workplace Violence”?

    The Purple HeartFort Hood attack was “Workplace Violence”? Why?  Are you kidding me?  I have to admit this is an emotional issue for the military community and being part of that community it hit me hard when the “terrorist attack” occurred at Ft Hood in 2009.  Watching the story of the court martial of the terrorist while he continues to draw his salary as a US Army soldier is just disgusting.  Compare that to the families of those killed during the attack who have been denied many benefits because of how the Army categorized the attack!  Their pay stopped the minute that the terrorist’s bullets ended the lives of their…

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    GUARD Your Health! DoD Blogger Roundtable

    GUARD Your Health! A very clever title and name for a National Guard health website > like it a lot. The Army National Guard launched a mobile friendly “GUARD Your Health” website on the 27th of June! With numerous resources for the geographically dispersed members of the National Guard, they want you to know it is there. With categories for health tools, health topics, benefits and resources, an Ask the Experts section and even personal stories to provide a pathway for others living the Guard Life, the site brings great resources to one location. Col. Anne L. Naclerio, Chief Surgeon, Army National Guard Directorate, and Chair, Women’s Health Task Force,…

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    The Military-Family

    “This is important to our military families! Our service members need training and budget cuts are affecting their safety with reduced training hours and less proficiency.”  Read more below Brig Gen John Broadmeadow, See BelowIt was a refreshing topic, helping other military partners with new capabilities and expanding our skills as well. No hot topics from DC but a great military exercise with allies from Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Chile, Mexico, Peru and several other small contingencies of observers participating. It even had an interesting name, Dawn Blitz, which almost sounds like a specialty drink from a bar somewhere near the water with a view of the sunrise.  The…