Saturday, December 30, 2023

Join Us for the Feeding Military Heroes Food Drive

We believe in the power of community and compassion, and we invite you to be a part of something truly meaningful. The Satellite Rotary Club of Military Family Support is proud to announce our upcoming event, the Feeding Military Heroes Food Drive, scheduled for March 9, 2024. This event holds a special place in our hearts as it addresses a critical issue affecting our military families: food insecurity.

A Growing Crisis

When we think of the brave men and women who serve our nation, we often don't realize the challenges they face behind the scenes. Shockingly, over 22,000 active-duty families, 213,000 National Guard/Reservist families, and 1.2 million Veterans struggle with food insecurity. This is a crisis that demands our attention and action.

Our Commitment to Change

Since 2022, the Satellite Rotary Club of Military Family Support has been tirelessly dedicated to making a difference in the lives of these families. We've already achieved significant milestones, providing over 13 tons of food and essential supplies to the Pelican Pantry at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.

Expanding Our Reach

Now, on March 9, 2024, we're gearing up for our semi-annual Feeding Military Heroes Food Drive, and this time, we're extending our efforts. In addition to Twentynine Palms, we'll also be supporting the Food Pantry at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, where the Armed Services YMCA operates the Pendleton Pantry. We believe in leaving no one behind, and our commitment knows no bounds.

How You Can Help

We're calling upon our community, our neighbors, and our friends to join us in this noble endeavor. There are several ways you can make a difference:

1. Donate Food and Supplies: We're collecting food staples, hygiene products, and baby supplies like diapers and formula. Every contribution counts.

2. Make a Monetary Donation: Your financial support is crucial in keeping these pantries well-stocked. Write "FEEDING HEROES" in the memo line and send your donation to PO Box 713, San Dimas, CA, 91773.

3. Volunteer Your Time: Explore volunteer opportunities and make a direct impact by lending a helping hand.

4. Spread the Word: Share this message with your friends, family, and colleagues. Together, we can raise awareness and inspire change.

Join Us in Making a Difference

We believe that change begins with us, and it starts right here in our community. Your support is invaluable in our mission to combat food insecurity among our military families. Join us on March 9, 2024, from 9 AM to 3 PM, at the San Dimas Masonic Temple, located at 220 N. Monte Vista Avenue, San Dimas, CA 91773.

For more information or to get involved, please contact the Club at 909-599-7530 or email us at sandimasrotary@gmail.com. Let's stand together and make a positive impact on the lives of those who have sacrificed so much for our nation. We look forward to your support and participation in this important event. Together, we can truly make a difference.

Friday, December 22, 2023

'Twas the Night Before Deployment

 

'Twas the night before Christmas, on a Marine Corps base, Not a Marine was stirring, in this peaceful place. The rifles were hung by the barracks with care, In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.

The Marines were all nestled, snug in their beds, While visions of missions danced in their heads. And the Gunnery Sergeant, and I in my cap, Had just settled down for a long winter's nap.

When out on the parade ground there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bunk to see what was the matter. Away to the window, I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, Gave the lustre of midday to objects below. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature Humvee, and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment, it must be Saint Nick. More rapid than Eagles, his coursers they came, And he whistled and shouted and called them by name.

"Now, Chesty! Now, Semper! Now, Leatherneck and Devil! On, Jarhead! On, Leatherman! On, Marine and Rebel! To the top of the barracks! To the top of the wall! Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky, So up to the housetop, the coursers they flew, With a sleigh full of toys, and Saint Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof, The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my head and was turning around, Down the chimney, Saint Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in camo, from his head to his boot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle of MREs he had flung on his back, And he looked like a Marine, just opening his pack.

His eyes, how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry! His cheeks were like desert sand, weathered and hairy! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a cigar he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face and a belly like a tank, That shook when he laughed, like a big battle rank.

He was rugged and rough, a true warrior elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself. A wink of his eye and a nod of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk. And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

He sprang to his Humvee, to his team gave a yell, And away they all drove, like a bat out of hell. But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, "Semper Fi to all, and to all a good night!"

Saturday, December 09, 2023

The Bicentennial Bell

The Bicentennial Bell: A Gift of Freedom Cast in London's Whitechapel Foundry, bell symbolizes unity in freedom between nations. Queen Elizabeth II's moving speech at Independence National Historical Park's Visitor Center in 1976 still resonates today. The bell's echoes will return in 2026 at Rush Gardens, connecting our past and future.  #BicentennialBell #FreedomBell #SanDimas2026 #2026

https://www.sandimas2026.com/post/from-1976-to-2026-the-bicentennial-bell-s-continuing-journey

Thursday, December 07, 2023

USAF: Bicentennial Flashback

Celebrate the Skies with the USAF: Bicentennial Flashback!  In 1976, the United States Air Force took to the skies to commemorate our nation's 200th birthday in spectacular style! From breathtaking aerial displays to patriotic parades, they soared to new heights in celebrating freedom and unity.

Join us in revisiting this remarkable chapter in our history, where the USAF played a vital role in making the bicentennial unforgettable. #USAFBicentennial #USAirForce #SanDimas2026

https://www.sandimas2026.com/post/flying-high-the-united-states-air-force-s-role-in-the-bicentennial-celebration-of-1976

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Army Commendation Medal: A Badge of Meritorious Service


The Army Commendation Medal, a prestigious decoration in the United States military, has a rich history and significance dating back to its inception during World War II. This article delves into its origin, history, design, and lists five notable recipients who have been honored with this medal for their outstanding service.

Origin and History

The Army Commendation Medal was established on December 18, 1945, by Executive Order 9242, signed by President Harry S. Truman. It was created to recognize acts of heroism, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a non-combat environment.

During its early years, the medal was primarily awarded for commendable service and performance of duty in non-combat situations. However, its criteria have since evolved, encompassing a broader range of actions that demonstrate exceptional dedication and commitment in various military roles.

Design

The Army Commendation Medal features a bronze, hexagonal-shaped medal suspended from a ribbon. The ribbon is predominantly myrtle green, with white stripes at the edges. In the center of the ribbon, there are thin white stripes flanked by a thicker white stripe on each side. These stripes represent the United States Army.

The medal itself displays an American eagle with spread wings and a shield on its chest. Above the eagle, a five-pointed star rests, symbolizing the military's mission to protect and serve the nation. Surrounding the eagle is a wreath of laurel leaves, a traditional symbol of honor and achievement.

Notable Recipients

  1. Audie Murphy - One of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, Audie Murphy received the Army Commendation Medal for his post-war service. Murphy, who earned the Medal of Honor during the war, continued to serve his country with distinction as an actor, songwriter, and advocate for veterans.

  2. Colin Powell - General Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Secretary of State, received the Army Commendation Medal for his meritorious service throughout his extensive military career.

  3. Tammy Duckworth - A U.S. Army veteran and Senator from Illinois, Tammy Duckworth was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for her exceptional service during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she lost both her legs in combat.

  4. Desmond Doss - Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector and combat medic during World War II, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his incredible heroism. He single-handedly saved 75 wounded soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa, earning him the Medal of Honor.

  5. David Petraeus - General David Petraeus, a highly respected military leader, was honored with the Army Commendation Medal for his outstanding leadership and service in various command and staff positions, including as the commander of U.S. Central Command.

The Army Commendation Medal continues to be awarded to deserving soldiers who display commendable service, meritorious achievement, or acts of heroism. It stands as a testament to the dedication and commitment of those who have gone above and beyond in their service to the United States Army and the nation.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

The Air Medal: Soaring in Valor

The Air Medal, a distinguished military decoration, represents more than just an acknowledgment of service; it encapsulates the courage, dedication, and extraordinary valor of individuals who have gone above and beyond in the skies. This prestigious award has a rich history, a striking design, and has been bestowed upon countless deserving recipients who have displayed unwavering bravery while in the air.

Origins and Significance

The Air Medal found its beginnings during World War II. Established by Executive Order 9158 on May 11, 1942, the Air Medal was initially intended to honor the accomplishments of members of the United States Armed Forces in aerial combat or meritorious non-combat aerial achievements. Its significance lies in recognizing acts of valor and exceptional performance during flight operations.

Design and Criteria

The Air Medal features a striking design that sets it apart from other military decorations. It consists of a bronze, compass rose at the center, with an eagle in flight clutching thunderbolts in its talons. The reverse side of the medal bears the words "United States of America." The ribbon, often adorned with oak leaf clusters to signify additional awards, has a distinctive blue background with narrow vertical stripes of white and red on either side.

The criteria for receiving the Air Medal is stringent. To qualify, individuals must demonstrate meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. This includes acts of heroism, exceptional skill, or service that sets them apart from their peers. The medal is awarded for both combat and non-combat missions, underlining the versatile nature of its recognition.

Notable Recipients

Throughout its history, the Air Medal has been awarded to countless deserving individuals. Here, we highlight five remarkable recipients and their courageous actions:

1. Charles Lindbergh - The famed aviator was awarded the Air Medal in 1927 for his groundbreaking solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. This historic journey showcased the possibilities of aviation and earned Lindbergh international acclaim.

2. Amelia Earhart - The pioneering female aviator received the Air Medal in 1932 for becoming the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. Her achievements inspired generations of women in aviation.

3. Richard Bong - During World War II, Bong, a fighter pilot, earned the Air Medal with an astounding 40 oak leaf clusters, signifying over 40 aerial victories. His exceptional combat skills made him one of the most decorated American fighter pilots in history.

4. Jimmy Doolittle - Doolittle was awarded the Air Medal for leading the famous "Doolittle Raid" in 1942, where U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombers conducted a daring air raid on Tokyo and other Japanese cities in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor.

5. Chuck Yeager - The legendary test pilot and the first human to break the sound barrier was honored with the Air Medal for his contributions to aviation, which included pushing the boundaries of flight in the X-1 rocket plane.

Conclusion

The Air Medal, with its striking design and storied history, serves as a testament to the exceptional valor displayed by individuals in the realm of aviation. From the pioneering flights of Lindbergh and Earhart to the combat heroics of Bong and Doolittle, and the groundbreaking achievements of Yeager, each recipient has contributed to the rich tapestry of aviation history. The Air Medal continues to inspire future aviators and remind us all of the unwavering bravery that soars through the skies.

Monday, October 09, 2023

Goochland Veterans Project

Mrs. Rachel Tate of the Goochland #Veterans Project will present to the Satellite #Rotary Club of #Military Family Support. Goochland Veterans Project connects 11th-grade history students with local veterans to inspire #leadership, civic #engagement, and a lifelong #respect for those who served. https://t.ly/VxQIk