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Roger Ball's Question of the Week: What does “Hooah” mean?
By ROGER BALL
11/18/2015 2:50:00 PM  
What does "Hoaah" mean? If you’ve spent any time around an Army base you’ve heard this one. It’s probably the most common exclamation in the military. So what does it mean? A good question – many think it comes from the phonetic spelling of the acronym “HUA,” which stands for “Heard, Understood, and Acknowledged.” In other words, it’s a wa Read More »



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Categories: Military History
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Roger Ball's Question of the Week: Who can receive the Medal of Honor?
By ROGER BALL
11/4/2015 9:30:00 AM  
What does a soldier have to do to be awarded the Medal of Honor? This one is for the real American heroes – the ones who go above and way beyond the call of duty. The Medal of Honor is as high an award as a soldier can get, given to an individual in the Armed Services for “valor in action against an enemy force.” Usually presented by the President on behalf of Congress, the Meda Read More »



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Categories: Military History
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Roger Ball's Question of the Week: What does "Tango Mike" mean?
By ROGER BALL
10/28/2015 3:00:00 AM  
What does a soldier mean when he says “Tango Mike”? “Tango Mike” is slang – derived from the NATO Phonetic Alphabet – meaning “Thanks much.” It’s a common sign-off when communicating via radio. Sure, “Tango Mike” actually has more syllables than “Thanks much,” but it has a much cooler ring to it.  Read More »



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Categories: Military History
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Roger Ball's Question of the Week: What does "beat your boots" mean?
By ROGER BALL
10/21/2015 4:30:00 AM  
When a commanding officer tells his unit to “beat your boots,” what does he mean? It’s key that a soldier in the field be in tiptop physical condition. The “beat your boots” workout helps him or her get there. It’s an intense “knee-bender” exercise. Check it out here, and try it yourself – a commanding officer usually expects at least 25.  Read More »



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Categories: Military History
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Celebrate the American Spirit
By Roger Ball
9/11/2015 8:02:00 AM  
Today is September 11. It has also come to be known as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. It’s today we remember those we lost 14 years ago on that tragic Tuesday, but it is also the day we celebrate the absolute best of the American spirit. As a former U.S. Navy pilot who served in several military operations, I live with my own memories — and a very uni Read More »



Tags: Proud to be an American, September 11, Patriot Day, National Day of Service and Rememberance
Categories: Events, Holidays
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