All The Way – Today’s Quote

All the way!

Motto of the 82nd Airborne Division

Military Preparedness Is Strength – Today’s Quote

Military preparedness is absolutely a form of strength.

Rachel Maddow

Thank You Veterans

Freedom isn’t free…from one veteran to all the others…thank you for your service.

Andrew J. Jackson; Editor, Prepography

Veterans Day Etiquette

Andrew’s Note:  Today we take a step back from discussing preparedness and feature an article on Veterans Day Etiquette that I wrote several years ago.  Republishing this article has become an annual event here at Prepography in order to honor those who understand that selfless service is required to keep our Nation free.  Veteran’s Day freebies from retailers are nice but a heartfelt word of appreciation or recognition from our fellow citizens certainly means more to us.  Happy Veterans Day!

For the first sixteen years of my military career there was little need for a primer on Veterans Day etiquette as there was little public recognition of the day other than a few restaurants that thanked our Nation’s Veterans with a free meal and a Federal holiday.  All that changed in September 2001… since that time there’s been a renewed gratefulness from the U.S. population towards its current and former military service members.  That gratitude has played out in many ways and one of those ways is by a renewed interest in Veterans Day.

Before we explain Veterans Day etiquette, let’s look at the history of Veterans Day

History of Veterans Day

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

Unlike Memorial Day which honors our war dead, Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor our living veterans.  The timing of Veterans Day grew out of Armistice Day from World War I.  Although the peace treaty wasn’t signed until June 28th 1919 the armistice went into effect the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (1918).  This armistice was the end of the over-optimistically named ‘war to end all wars.’  President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the  first “Veterans Day Proclamation”  in 1954 at the urging of Congress to officially expand the observance of Armistice Day into Veterans Day.  You can read more about the history of Veterans Day at History of Veterans Day – Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

Veterans Day Etiquette

Here’s one old soldier’s guide to Veteran’s Day etiquette based primarily on my family’s traditions, as well as my own feelings and experiences. (more…)

Ideals To Be Upheld – Today’s Quote

America’s veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world.

Former Representative John Doolittle

Ike on Experience – Today’s Quote

God help the nation when it has a president who doesn’t know as much about the military as I do.

President and General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower

Hasan Gets the Death Penalty

The U.S. Army’s own Insider Threat and jihadist, Major Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death yesterday for his self-confessed and cowardly attack on a group of unarmed soldiers preparing for deployment to Afghanistan at Fort Hood, Tx.

Depending on who you ask, the Hasan attack was either an act of ‘workplace violence’ or a terrorist attack.  You know, if a radicalized zealot attacks soldiers preparing for deployment to a war zone in order to protect our enemies (that was really his defense) from those soldiers I don’t care what you called it…he got what he deserved.

The fact that a traitor with his set of ideals could become a field grade officer in the United States Army is not just disturbing, it’s also an indictment of how certain elements of our armed forces have become so concerned about ‘sensitivities’ and being politically correct  that they’ve forgotten that the armed forces primary mission is to protect this country and our way of life. (more…)

The Arsenal of Freedom Circa 1984

While preparing the Field Manual extract from FM 21-75, Combat Skills of the Soldier (Approved for public release, distribution is unlimited) I recently published and called Observation Skills for Survival I kept reading after I’d finished the extract (and my introduction) and came across Appendix G.  The authors of the manual called Appendix G, “Weapons And Fire Control,” but I call it the Infantry Arsenal Of Freedom (at least the first half covering the weapons that’s reprinted below).

The edition I pulled this extract from was published in 1984 and was the current edition when I joined the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantryman.  Some of the weapons would be familiar to soldiers from the modern battlefield… some would also be familiar to a soldier from Vietnam, Korea, World War II or even earlier but several have since been declared obsolete (or at least replaced in our inventories).  This introduction is really just an attempt for me to justify publishing information merely for nostalgic purposes on this the 96th Birthday of the 82nd…not quite sure I pulled it off but what the heck… here’s the Arsenal of Freedom, Circa 1984 extracted directly from FM 21-75:

The Arsenal of Freedom (more…)

82nd Airborne Division Celebrates 96 Years

82nd Airborne Division War On Terror MemorialIt’s been a long time since I was a young paratrooper in “America’s Guard of Honor,” the 82nd Airborne Division but I still remember the pride, sense of duty and esprit de corps of being in a unit with such a long and distinguished lineage.  Earlier this year I made a pilgrimage back to Fort Bragg, NC and paid homage to my Airborne brothers who have made the ultimate sacrifice from the trenches of World War I to our perpetual ‘War on Terror.’  Happy Birthday to the “All Americans,” past, present and future!

A WWII German Officer On The 82nd Airborne – Today’s Quote

American parachutists, devils in baggy pants, are less than 100 meters from my outpost line.  I can’t sleep at night; they pop up from nowhere and we never know when or how they will strike next.  Seems like the black-hearted devils are everywhere…

A World War II German Officer commenting on the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division in his diary which was subsequently confiscated; Anzio, Italy

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