CPT Greg Dalessio

When we lived in Germany, I was the officer records clerk for our post/brigade.  I loved my job and one of the main reasons why was the people I served.  I knew almost all of the officers on our small post and enjoyed being able to help them.  They always knew that if they needed anything or had a question, I was there for them.  It was such a pleasure to work with them because they were always so nice and very grateful.  When the brigade deployed, my job became very slow.  Sometimes the officers would email me from downrange and I would help them.  Otherwise, I mainly worked with new officers that were arriving to the brigade.  The first time that the rear detachment came to “pull a file” from my office, my heart sank.  It took all I had to stay professional and keep from crying.  They came to get the file so that they could reference the officer’s emergency contact information.  Unfortunately, the same scenario played out multiple times during that deployment.  It was difficult for me because these were more than just files, I knew each officer that the file represented. 

I recently learned that an officer from our old brigade and post was killed in action in Iraq last month.  He was one of “my” officers and I was sad to hear about his death.  I know all too well that we lose more servicemembers everyday, but I just wanted to bring attention to this man today.  Please pray for the friends and family that CPT Greg Dalessio leaves behind. 

Here is a link with more information about CPT Dalessio: http://www.militarycity.com/valor/3600610.html

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Thank you!

I wanted to take a few minutes out of what is sure to be a busy Independence Day to express my gratitude to those who allow us to live in a wonderful, free country.  Thank you to all of those that currently serve and have served honorably in our military.  I would love to be able to celebrate with my husband today, but I know that he and all the other servicemembers who are separated from their families are doing their jobs so that we may continue to live in an independent country.  I am so grateful that their service allows my daughter to grow up in a place where she can truly do anything that she wants to do. 

There are some other people I would like to acknowledge today that you may not neccesarily think of on July 4th.  As a military wife, people often say to me – “I don’t know how you do it”.  I’m know many other military wives are constantly told that too.  One reason we are able to thrive is because of those around us who support us.  Everyone who supports a military family member is in turn supporting the servicemember.  When a servicemember knows that their family is taken care of, they are able to focus on their job and do it more effectively.  There is no way that I could list all the people who have helped me but I will try to mention a few.  My extended family, among other things, helps take care of my daughter sometimes.  This allows me to have a short break every once in a while that is very much needed.  My friends have been there to help me have fun and take my mind off the stresses of everyday life, but they have also been there to help me up when I’ve been down.  The ladies at the post office encourage me by always being so friendly when we go to send my husband his regular care packages, and they always ask about him.  The staff at the vet’s office would always help me when I showed up at the clinic with a dog and baby in tow.  I appreciate the people who just stop to ask me how B is and tell me that they are praying for him.  Those few words have the power to lift my spirit immensely.  Thanks to all of you who encourage and uplift a military family member.  When you bring a smile to our face, you are serving our country in your own little way.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed 4th of July weekend!

Nominate a VIP

NMFA

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So many spouses do so much in our military communities. Many even choose to extend out to their local communities making civic duty a part of their lives. The opportunities for volunteering seem to be never-ending. In my community alone, I have three groups that I routinely get updates from for volunteer work. We have various veterans’ organizations, specifically the American Legion and the Marine Corps League, as well as Blue Star Mothers and American Family Link, Inc. It warms my heart to see so many because my area is not heavily populated with bases or military families. It’s refreshing to know that even though this isn’t a military region, the community still wants to give back and support us and our service members.

With the goal to recognize outstanding volunteers in the military arena, the National Military Family Association (NMFA) is currently accepting nominations for the Very Important Patriot (VIP) award. Maybe that VIP is you or perhaps you know the perfect person to nominate. That person doesn’t have to be a spouse either, it can be an active duty or reserve individual. Even members of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are eligible for nomination. The individual must be 18 years old and exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism in some aspect of the military community.

According to the NMFA, “The Very Important Patriot (VIP) Award recognizes exceptional volunteers worldwide whose outstanding service contributes to improving the quality of life in their military and/or neighboring communities. Due to the challenges of the current pace of military operations, volunteers are playing an increasing role in providing support and stability in their communities. The role of active volunteers has become a critical element in mission readiness. We are thankful for those who have been serving the community for years and welcome the new volunteers who have answered the call to serve on the home front. NMFA and the VIP Award sponsors want to recognize those volunteers, old and new, whose selfless actions have made a lasting impact on their community.” Five VIPS will be recognized and there will also be 30 Award of Merit awardees. NMFA explains on their website that “Each of the five VIP recipients, and a companion, is flown to Washington, DC to be honored. During their stay in the Nation’s Capital, the VIPs receive an award of $1000, meet with senior leaders of their individual services, visit with their elected officials on Capitol Hill, and meet the generous sponsors of the VIP Award. Each recipient of an Award of Merit will receive a $100 commissary gift certificate.”

To nominate your favorite VIP, visit NMFA on the web and read more about the NMFA Very Important Patriot Award today. You have until June 20, 2008, to submit nominations.

 

Carrier

Did anyone else catch Carrier on their local PBS last night? I loved it. Now while I might be a tad biased towards military programing it really was an interesting documentary. It’s running from the 27th till May 1st and explores, in quite some detail I think, life aboard the USS Nimitz, a “super carrier”.

First, I have a new found respect for the men and women on carriers (or any ship or submarine for that matter). My father in law flew with a Marine EA6-B Prowler squadron so he knows boat life all to well but Flyboy doesn’t deploy with a carrier so I don’t really know a whole heck of a lot about them. As a kid my parents took us on a tour of the battleship USS North Carolina. All I remember is that it smelled like band aids and the power went out, lots of fun.

Carrier is a great way to really see the ins and outs of a major air craft carrier and then men and women that make it run. Such a small space for the number of people on it. Constant noise, constant commotion, no privacy. How these people survive six months with sanity intact is amazing to me. I didn’t think that the first episode sugar coated navy life, nor did it paint it in a disparaging light. There were those who felt like this wasn’t really the life for them and those that loved it. I think they did an excellent job in showing the reasons for various people to join up, whether it be for money for college, to seek out a better life with more direction, to show a parent who’s boss, and for many a need to serve ones county.

Carrier had some great lines and moments with more to come I’m sure. When Navy pilots are discussing having to pay for their food one pilot made the recommendation to fly with the Air Force, they get their food free and you get to wear a scarf he said. I thought this was hilarious even more funny when flyboy pointed out that the Air Force does sometimes wear ascots with their flight suits. And the discussion on call signs was equally as funny. Another more poignant one was when the Nimitz was making its way past the USS Arizona memorial and they stood at attention on the edge of the ship as it passed by. I am a weenie, I teared up a bit.

Its on again tonight, two hour long episodes. Check your local PBS to find out what time.

The Destroyermen

I thought The Destroyermen was an interesting Blog that I found through The Yankee Sailor Blog.

It is really neat to see life through the eyes of other sailors. It is so interesting to me to see how many different jobs there are just to keep one Ship sailing!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I have! HUGS!