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Happy Birthday to the U.S. Air Force
By AlphaNews
9/18/2016 7:26:00 AM  
Today the U. S. Air Force turns 69! While the United States military had aircraft as early as 1909, a seperate branch of the military was not designated for aerial missions until 1947. From the time that the US military purchased its first aircraft in 1909 up to 1947, the US Air Force did not exist as a separate and independent military service organization. It went through a series of designation Read More »



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The Military Order of the Purple Heart
By AlphaNews
8/7/2016 7:01:00 AM  
It was 234 years ago today that General George Washington sat in his headquarters in Newburgh, New York, thinking about how to keep up the morale of his Continental Army troops. Since the U.S. Congress had taken away the ability of generals to reward their soldiers with commissions, he needed a way to honor them. And so on August 7, 1782, Washington gave the general order to establish the "Ba Read More »



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National Medal of Honor Day
By AlphaNews
3/25/2016 7:00:00 AM  
March 2016:Army, Coast Guard/Navy/Marine Corps and Air Force (left to right)In 1990 Congress designated March 25 as “National Medal of Honor Day.” This date was chosen because it was the date in 1863 that the very first Medals of Honor were awarded to six members of Andrew’s Raiders. The raiders were Union soldiers who commandeered a train during the Civil War to damage the W& Read More »



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Happy Birthday National Guard
By AlphaNews
12/13/2015 7:28:00 AM  
On this date in 1636, the Massachusetts General Court in Salem made a declaration that any able-bodied men between the ages of 16 and 60 were required to join the militia. This established three permanent regiments to defend the colony.  While they helped the settlers deal with disease, poor sanitation and harsh weather, it was the battle against the Pequot Indian tribe that was their fi Read More »



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A Date Which Will Live in Infamy
By AlphaNews
12/7/2015 12:25:00 PM  
It was 74 years ago today that the Japanese launched a surprise air attack against the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The base was hit by two waves Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes. When all was said and done eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged with four sunk, 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed, 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded. It was th Read More »



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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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Honoring Veterans Around the World
By AlphaNews
11/11/2015 6:19:00 AM  
Each year on November 11, the U.S. observes Veterans Day. The federal and state holiday is a day to honor all who have served in the armed forces. The government, and many businesses and schools, close so that the holiday can be recognized with memorial ceremonies, salutes at military cemeteries, and parades. But did you know that Veterans Day used to be Armistice Day? President Woodrow Wilson d Read More »



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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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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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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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