These amazing veterans-turned-teachers definitely deserve some kudos. Or at least an apple! We’re grateful for their service:
Troops to Teachers (TTT) was established in 1994 as a Department of Defense program. The primary objective of TTT is to help recruit quality teachers for schools that serve students from low-income families throughout America. TTT helps relieve teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other critical subject areas and assists military personnel in making successful career transitions.
“Mountain Pacific (MPTTT) Region was assigned this responsibility concerning the operation of the “Hall of Fame” by Dr. John Gantz in 2006, and have continued to execute since that time.” – Col. Morgan
The Troops to Teachers Hall of Fame was created to honor members of the educational and veterans support communities who have made significant contributions to assist veterans as they transition to the teaching profession. 2010 was the inaugural year for the award. It is the intent of Troops to Teachers to induct professionals from the education and veterans communities into the Hall of Fame each year, as well as honor one Colorado Troops to Teacher Teacher of the Year. Nominations for the award are accepted from Troops to Teachers state and regional directors. Nominees are considered based on the level of support exhibited, through their professional activities, for military members who enter the teaching profession.
Hall of Fame Inductees for 2013:
Mr. Glenn Jones (Jones International, Ltd., Jones International University, U.S. Navy)
General (Ret) John Barry (Superintendent Aurora Public Schools, USAF)
Colonel (Ret) Joey Strickland (Arizona, U.S. Army)
The Mountain Pacific Troops to Teachers program began the Troops to Teachers Teacher of the Year Award in 2003 to recognize outstanding Troops to Teachers participants who have made significant contributions to their communities as public school teachers. To be eligible to receive the award individuals must be a registered Troops to Teachers participant currently teaching in a K-12 public school.
Colorado Troops to Teachers Teacher of the Year for 2013:
The National WWII Museum will observe Memorial Day 2013 on Monday, May 27, in ways large and small, colorful and solemn.
The public, Museum staff and representatives from all branches of military service will gather at 10:00 a.m. in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion on Andrew Higgins Drive for day-long observances that include performances by the Marine Corps Band and the Museum’s Victory Belles, a eulogy for a WWII soldier read by a student scholar from New Orleans and a moment of silence in tribute to those killed in action.
This Memorial Day, The National WWII Museum will present a special collection of images and stories from several of the 400,000 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II. This exhibit will be on display from May 20 through June 16.
The Museum will begin its Memorial Day observation on Friday, May 24, when Museum volunteers will participate in a flag planting at Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery where many WWII veterans are buried. This year marks the staff’s third visit to the cemetery to plant flags.
Events at the Museum on Memorial Day include performances by the Marine Corps Band at 10:00 a.m., a 10:30 a.m. ceremony and a panel discussion featuring children of WWII prisoners of war, beginning at 1:00 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. the Victory Belles will sing, followed by the traditional observance of a moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. CDT. The programming is free and open to the public.
For those unable to attend the ceremony in person, www.mymemorialday.org, a website created by the Museum, tells the stories of service men and women who died in defense of our nation’s freedom. The site features images and artifacts from the Museum’s collection and offers readers a number of suggestions for honoring those killed in action during the nation’s wars, including biographical information on the crew of the USS Tang.
It took two long years of death before European armies even deployed helmets for their soldiers. Helmets should have been the flash-urgent priority of all armies from the start. World War II wound studies show 21 percent of all reported injuries were to the head, even though it is but 12 percent of our body area. World War I hospital reports also show about 20 percent to the head and thorax…
Only the Germans created an effective helmet, borrowing liberally from one of the very best medieval designs, the Salade (or Sallet ).
The problem was, the German Stahlhelm became so instantly iconic that no Allied design dared to come near it for fear that their soldiers might somehow be doing silent homage to Hun — thus dooming their effectiveness! More on that later.
Seriously, the Allies stayed away from using a more effective helmet because they didn’t want to look like Germans?! The essay elicited hundreds of comments and side discussions, which eventually led to Vlahos writing an addendum to the article, addressing some of the questions raised.
It’s interesting stuff, for history and military buffs alike! Add your thoughts to the discussion!
A sweet idea, and here’s the message from the groom-to-be…if you’re in the St. Louis area this weekend, consider joining in the fun!
“Just to let you guys know a little bit about us; we’re both active duty military that were stationed in Germany for the past three years. We met when Jackie was attached to my unit just prior to our last deployment together to Afghanistan (we have been back only a few months.) During our three week training exercise, our supervisor left a ‘joke’ note on my bunk telling me (Dan) about how she (Jackie) missed me while I was out on training missions and signed her name on it. I showed her, she got a kick out of it, and 3 years later, here we are!
We’ve been dating for about two years now, and we are getting ready to leave Missouri. But here’s where I need your help! I need you to help convince her to marry me, otherwise we probably won’t be stationed together at our next assignment! Please come and show your support!”
Military Days at Kings Dominion are May 25 – 27, 2013, 10:30 a.m. til close!
Kings Dominion honors our nation’s heroes with Military Days during Memorial Day weekend. All active and inactive United States servicemen and servicewoman receive admission to the park for FREE with a valid ID. Special features also include music, military vehicles, the Wounded Warriors on site and more.
The park is located at: Kings Dominion 16000 Theme Park Way Doswell, VA 23047. Get more information, and the lowest ticket prices at www.kingsdominion.com.