Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday news and notes

  • Mark's former 1SG (now SGM) retired Thursday and was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service. He had a profound impact on my son and his wife, who was one of  our Family Readiness Group's leaders, kept Gayle and I grounded during what was arguably one of the more difficult times in our lives. Congratulations to both and thank you for being there when we needed it. The Legion of Merit, by the way, is a very big deal.
  •  Health update: I cease to be radioactive March 6. That means I can take down the radioactive "danger to small children and pregnant women" signs and have to pay up for the thin mints I ordered from the Girl Scouts pre-surgery. I will also lose my excuse for not doing the grocery shopping :)
  • My very generous brother and SIL gave me an Kindle (an e-reader) to help recuperate and I have been plowed through three e-books in the last couple of weeks.  On my fourth now. It's been very helpful getting through some of the more tedious Winter Olympic events.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Facebook phenomena

I was late to the Facebook phenomenon. Like many, I am annoyed every time Facebook changes the format. However, I have reconnected with some old friends and that's been fun.

But more amazingly, the U.S. Army is now regularly using Facebook as a way of communicating with their military families. This is a big change from just two years ago, when we were totally dependent on Family Readiness Groups. Right now, I am following the Falcon Brigade (2nd BCT, 82nd Airborne), my son's former unit, which is in Haiti, and the Devil Brigade (1st BCT, 82nd Airborne), which is in Al Anbar in Iraq. If nothing else, this makes Facebook a worthwhile endeavor.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Fort Hood, Army still seeing suicide problem

Fort Hood had more suicides in January than any other installation as the Army searched for solutions to a baffling mystery.
Despite a series of programs designed to tackle the problem at the post and throughout the Army, the service's January suicide mark still came close to matching the one from the same month last year — 29.
Three of the 27 suicides reported Wednesday occurred on Fort Hood, which has sent soldiers to combat since the 2003 Iraq invasion.
The chief of the Army Suicide Prevention Task Force talked of the service's efforts to counter the problem rather than discussing the latest numbers, which picked up where a grim 2009 left off.
“We've made significant changes in our health promotion, risk reduction, and suicide prevention programs, policies and initiatives,” Col. Christopher Philbrick said. “Now in 2010, we're going to move from a floodlight to a laser light — identifying our most effective programs, so we can target and reinforce what's working and fix what isn't.”
Last year was the worst for suicides among active-duty soldiers since the Army began tracking those deaths in 1980, with 160 GIs killing themselves at home and in the war zone. That was up from 140 in 2008.

The rest of the story can be found here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Off topic: Birthday T-shirt

Well, if you can't laugh.....

My son has a unique sense of humor.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Off topic: Monday headlines


But what are the options?

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Off topic: Monday headlines


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This is from the Jacksonville Journal.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Haiti stats from 2nd Brigade Combat Team

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the World Food Program distributed 1,430,220 lbs. of food at distribution points throughout Port-au-Prince, bringing the total for the operation to 5,149,675 lbs. U.S. forces were present at all 14 sites and 8 sites were secured solely by the Paratroopers.

Thoughts and prayers to the Ft. Bragg family

This week's fallen in Afghanistan and Pakistan:

Capt. Daniel Whitten, 28, of Grimes, Iowa

Pfc. Zachary G. Lovejoy, 20, of Albuquerque, N.M.
. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Feb. 3 in Timagara, Pakistan
Fallen soldiers:

Sgt. 1st Class David J. Hartman, 27, of Okinawa, Japan. He was assigned to the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew S. Sluss-Tiller, 35, of Callettsburg, Ky. He was assigned to the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.

Staff Sgt. Mark A. Stets, 39, of El Cajon, Calif. He was assigned to the 8th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne), 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Off topic: You Light Up My Life Lyrics // LeAnn Rimes

Sort of has a new meaning today now that the radiologist and surgeon have lit me up.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Red Falcons in Haiti

Clearly a daunting task
Photos by Julie Dermansky
Courtesy of 2nd BCT, 82nd Airborne's Facebook page

Monday, February 1, 2010

Off topic: Monday headlines

He was very popular but ...

Since Jay Leno won't be back on the air until after the Winter Olympics, I am reviving a bit he used to do on Monday's called Headlines. These ran in newspapers for which I once worked. . .some in papers I used to read.  I've had them in a file for a very long time. Enjoy.