Today, December 20, 2019, is the 30th anniversary of Operation Just Cause. On this day in 1989, President George Bush launched Operation Just Cause by sending US forces into Panama to oust dictator Manuel Noriega.

According to History.com, the United States invaded Panama “in an attempt to overthrow military dictator Manuel Noriega, who had been indicted in the United States on drug trafficking charges and was accused of suppressing democracy in Panama and endangering U.S. nationals.”

History.com added “U.S. troops joined the 12,000 U.S. military personnel already in Panama and were met with scattered resistance from the PDF. By December…


November 11, 2019 is Veterans Day, a day we honor military veterans. According to Pew Research, there “were around 20.4 million U.S. veterans in 2016 … representing less than 10% of the total U.S. adult population.”

Additionally, according to the US Dept of Defense (DoD), Veterans Day “was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I. World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. …


Today is the 122 ndyear anniversary of the birth of aviation pioneer and author, Amelia Mary Earhart who was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897.

According to the Amelia Earhart Museum, after moving to California, Amelia learned to fly by taking “up aviation as a hobby, taking odd jobs to pay for her flying lessons. In 1922, with the financial help of her sister, Muriel, and her mother, Amy Otis Earhart, she purchased her first airplane, a Kinner Airster.”

Additionally, per National Day Calendar, “[o]ne of Earhart’s most impressive achievements took place on May 20th, 1932. In 1927…


Today, June 14, 2019 is NATIONAL FLAG DAY, a day we commemorate Jun 14, 1777 when the United States flag was adopted as our nation’s flag. Since then, there have been several changes to the flag. In fact, per National Day Calendar, “Since 1777, the design of the flag has been officially modified 26 times. For 47 years, the 48-star flag was in effect. In 1959, the 49-star version became official on July 4. President Eisenhower ordered the 50-star flag on August 21, 1959.”

According to the Library of Congress, “Since 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation…


Today, May 24, 2019, is Aviation Maintenance Technician Day. According to National Day Calendar, “[t]hrough the efforts of Richard Dilbeck, in 2001, the FAA created the prestigious Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award to honor AMTs, who had served at least 50 years in aircraft maintenance. The following year, California Senator Knight introduced a resolution honoring Aviation Maintenance Technicians annually in honor of Charles Taylor’s birthday.”

Then, on May 24, 2007, “a United States House of Representatives resolution supporting the goals and ideals of a National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day was introduced. …


May is National Military Appreciation Month

As we finish the third week of National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM), many continue to remember military members, veterans, their families, and their combined sacrifices each and every day. Additionally, as we look towards Memorial Day on Monday, May 27 th, 2019, many will take the time to remember our nation’s veterans and commemorate those who died while in military service.

Years ago, while serving as a wing commander, I was honored to preside during a Memorial Day ceremony at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. During my speech, I stated “Memorial Day is an annual reminder of the everlasting…


Today, May 7, 2019 is National Teacher Appreciation Day, otherwise known as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”

Today is a great day to think about and/or thank a teacher. Many of us have a favorite teacher from our time in school. As we think about how teachers shaped our lives, gave us an extra few minutes of their time, listened to our problems, and helped mold us into who we are today, we’re reminded of the special…


In 1991, as part of President George H. W. Bush’s 1000 Points of Light campaign to support volunteerism, April was designated as National Volunteer Month.

As part of National Volunteer Month, there is one week designated as National Volunteer Week (April 7–13, 2019), which closes out today. National Volunteer Week was “established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week” according to Points of Light.

National Volunteer Week “is an opportunity to thank all the thousands of volunteers across the country who keep many organizations running, communities safe…


On 28 March 2017, President Trump signed ‘The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017’ into law. This law “encourages the display of the U.S. flag on March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day” and designated March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. For President’s Trump statement, please click here.

March 29th was the date chosen due to Military Assistance Command Vietnam’s deactivation on March 29, 1973. According to the the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, [o]ur Commemorative Partners have helped communities publicly and individually thank 2.3 million Vietnam veterans and their families during 15 thousand ceremonies.”…


American Legion’s Centennial Anniversary — Article by Carl Buhler

As we reflect on the Centennial Anniversary of the American Legion, which recently occurred on 15 Mar 2019, we’re reminded of the reason the American Legion was formed. According to the Legion, “[t]he American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.”

To celebrate the Centennial Anniversary, Brett P. Reistad, the American…

Brigadier General (ret) Carl Buhler

Brig Gen (ret) Carl Buhler is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which provides consulting to the aerospace/defense industries (logistics, maintenance & supply)

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