“Chesty” Puller

“All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us…they can’t get away this time.” Born on June 26, 1898, in West Point, Virginia, Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller was inspired to join the service after listening to many tales of the military while growing up. Graduating high […]

U.S. Navy Seabees Construction Battalions

“The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes — eh — a little bit longer.” – U.S. Navy Seabees Construction Battalions WWII   Realizing civilian contractors would not be a viable option during war time, International law precluding them from resisting enemy attack or they could be executed as guerrillas, Rear Admiral Ben Moreell submitted […]

NORAD Tracks Santa

You better watch out You better not cry You better not pout I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town – John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie   A botched newspaper ad campaign. A Christmas-spirited Colonel. A tradition is born. Christmas Eve, 1955, it’s the Cold War and the red phone rings. A […]

Military Police

“LEX ET ORDO” (Law and Order) – 716th Military Police Battalion Motto   After discharging more than 85,000 enlisted and officer personnel, Camp Gordon was very nearly deserted by June of 1948. It sprang back into prominence in September of the same year after the establishment of the Signal Corps Training Center and a Military […]

Marines: Tootsie Rolls

“You heard me. We need Tootsie Rolls dropped ASAP!” – Radio Operator requesting supplies Late 1950, surrounded by approximately 200,000 Chinese and North Korean troops in the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, approximately 10,000 Marines from the 1st Marine Division were in imminent danger and unable to move out of an untenable position. With temperatures dropping […]

Air Forces Cyber

“True cyber security is preparing for what’s next, not what was last.” – Neil Rerup   Located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, 24th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) is the Air Force’s cyberspace warfare operations. They establish, operate, maintain and defend the Air Force networks for their military forces worldwide. Along with their brethren […]

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