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Alpha at the D.C. Military Flight Jacket Event
By AlphaNews
3/27/2017 3:38:00 AM  
Earlier this month, members of the Alpha team attended the annual Flight Jacket reception for all current and former naval aviators in the DC area. About every 18 months, the ANA Washington-Anacostia Squadron and Tailhook Washington, DC Ready Room carry out this event to allow for Naval and former Naval personal to connect, mingle, and share stories through their flight jackets. This year there w Read More »

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Put a Pin In It
By Alpha News
3/9/2017 10:36:00 PM  
The Brand Pack This set includes two of our iconic logos… the Flying A and the Remove Before Flight tag. The Flying A is Alpha’s brand logo which takes an A and combines it with the three bars from our labels. It was these three bars that helped our factory workers quickly distinguish the commercial product from the military inventory.The Remove Before Flight tag is found on our signa Read More »

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Celebrating Women's History Month: The Legacy of the WASPs
By AlphaNews
3/5/2017 4:46:00 PM  
Today we sat down with Naomi Wadsworth, call sign Sweet Pea, to learn more about the W.A.S.P.S- Women Air Service Pilots- who served during WWII. Sweet Pea is a pilot and member of Alpha’s corporate philanthropy The Warrior Flight Team.    AI: What were the WASPs and why were they necessary?  SP: WASPS, or Women Air Service Pilots, were civilian female pilots that flew airp Read More »

Tags: WASPs, pilots, women in the military, Women's History Month
Categories: Military History, Holidays
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Jackets for a Cause
By Alpha News
2/23/2017 4:12:00 AM  
The A-2 and G-1 leather bomber jackets were used by the U.S. Armed Forces during the 1930s and 1940s. U.S. military pilots would wear them to keep warm at the higher altitudes. Many of these aviators would decorate both their planes and jackets with nose art, a painting or design put on the front of an airplane. It started as a way to quickly identify friends Vs enemies, but became a form of self- Read More »

Tags: Jackets for charity, leather bombers, Tuskegee Airmen, WASPs, nose art
Categories: Military History, Philanthrophy
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Happy 380th Birthday National Guard
By AlphaNews
12/13/2016 8:00:00 AM  
Today we celebrate the 280th Birthday of the U.S. National Guard. 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. It simply stated that citizen-soldiers who assembled for military training could be and would be called upon to fight when needed. This was the first continuous militia to be Read More »

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Heroes of Pearl Harbor: George Welch & Kenneth Taylor
By AlphaNews
12/6/2016 10:52:00 AM  
When the Japanese launched their attack shortly after 7:00 AM on December 7, 1941, the heavy bombardment prevented all but a few pilots from reaching their aircraft and launching a counterattack. George Welch and Kenneth Taylor were two of these pilots. Both second lieutenants in the U.S. Army Air Corps, they had spent Saturday evening at a dance at the Wheeler Field officers club, followed by an Read More »

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Honoring Veterans Around the World
By AlphaNews
11/11/2016 7:32:00 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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Happy Birthday to the United States Navy
By AlphaNews
10/13/2016 10:11:00 AM  
Today we are on to the U.S. Navy, the third branch in our Armed Forces Week series. In 1775, the Continental Congress established the Continental Navy, a fleet of armed ships commissioned to fight British ships during the Revolutionary War. The Navy was disbanded after the Revolutionary War, but reestablished by Congress through the Naval Act of 1794.  Reflecting its original mission to stop Read More »

Tags: US Navy, Armed Forces Day, Military Appreciation Month, MA-1, USN Peacoat
Categories: Military History
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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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Categories: Military History
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