Monday April 14, 2014
April is the Month of the Military Child. It's a time to remember that military children serve and sacrifice too. Every move is yet another adjustment. Saying goodbye to old friends and making new ones is the routine.
The Defense Department believes military children serve their country alongside their service member parents. When military children serve, they do so by making sacrifices when parents are deployed, through frequent moves, starting new schools and making new friends on a continuing basis.
To honor military children for their sacrifices and service, DOD and the services have planned activities this month that range from installation-based fairs, parades, and literacy and art events.
We want to use this month to not only acknowledge how strong military children are, but to also focus on supporting them through the struggles they encounter due to the lifestyle that comes with being a part of the military. These children are our future.
Friday April 11, 2014
Perhaps you've seen the story in the news - on one occasion or another, a member of the military serving overseas is highlighted as trying to bring home kittens or puppies that were found and adopted. Soldiers report that these dogs and cats provide them with much-needed comfort and companionship during military conflicts. Many military personnel serving in Iraq in the early 2000s found that they wanted to adopt the strays they had grown to love.
Over the years, hundreds of animals have been used United States military - not simply dogs, but horses, camels, pigeons, and chickens (to name a quick few) - and, of course, the Navy has used marine animals such as dolphins and sea lions. All branches of the military have used animals in one way or another, be it as a mascot, or an actual working animal.
For more about the military and it's mascots head over to our latest article Animals and the Military - a brief ramble.
Monday April 7, 2014
Marine Corps Cpl. Parnell Sararana put his Universal Sign Language skills to use April 4 as he translated while Air Force Staff Sgt. Jon Espinoza read aloud at the Stella Maris School Belize Academy for the Deaf according to a Department of Defense News Article.
Sararana is deployed from the 1st Civil Affairs Group at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in support of New Horizons Belize 2014, an exercise in which U.S. service members train with Belizean professionals in engineering and medical care. The civil affairs role in the exercise is to engage with the local population, as well as government and nongovernment organizations, to facilitate the best possible environment to build educational and health facilities and provide medical, dental and veterinarian care throughout the country.
Stella Maris is one of three schools in Belize City to receive new facilities from the Belizean military's light engineer company and the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps civil engineers. The interaction offered both students and teachers a different perspective of service members outside the construction at the school.
Thursday March 27, 2014
The ever-changing global security environment makes the worldwide presence of naval assets more important than ever, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 27, according to the Defense.gov website.
Stating that the military forces were our biggest advantage, he said we have to make sure they continue to get the tools they need to do their jobs. Sea Pay has been increased to make sure that sailors and Marines deployed aboard ship are appropriately recognized.
Mabus said shipbuilding and other platforms remain key elements of maritime power.
Mabus said the fiscal year 2015 budget submission seeks to provide the Navy and Marine Corps with the necessary equipment, training, and tools needed to carry out the services' missions as expected.
Mabus lauded the courageous and faithful service of his sailors, Marines, civilians and their families. "There are never any permanent homecomings for sailors or Marines," he said. "In peacetime, in wartime, and all the time, they remain forward deployed, providing presence, and providing whatever is needed by our country. This has been true for 238 years, it is our task to make sure it remains true now and in the future."