The Marines of Montford Point

Feb 27 2015


In honor of African American History Month, we’re sharing some of our favorite past features and stories about African Americans in the military through the month of February!

Learn about the Congressional Gold Medal the Montford Point Marines were awarded in 2011, and how they led the country to victory in war and in civil rights!

The Montford Point Marines entered the Armed Forces as a segregated unit during World War II. Their success paved the way for other African American units before the Marine Corps was officially desegregated in 1949.


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Celebrating 100 Years of the U.S. Navy Reserve

Feb 26 2015

Navy Reserve CentennialThe Navy Reserve will mark its centennial anniversary on Tuesday, March 3rd with a series of events starting in Washington DC and continuing at installations around the country during the year. The events will highlight the history of the Navy Reserve and the remarkable contributions Reserve Sailors have made to the nation’s security.

For 100 years Navy Reserve Sailors have answered our nation’s call in times of war and peace.  From communities across America, young men and women left their homes and jobs, trading out civilian clothes for Navy uniforms. From its earliest days, the Navy Reserve has reflected the face of the nation, welcoming members from every race, color, creed and gender to strengthen our Force.

The U.S. Navy Reserve – Ready then. Ready now. Ready always.

For information on Centennial events, as well as the history and heritage of the Navy Reserve, visit

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2015 National Veterans Day Poster

Feb 23 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ mission to fulfill its promise to Veterans exists because of the service and sacrifice of our Nation’s heroes. Each year — through a national Veterans Day poster contest — VA’s National Veterans Outreach Office, in conjunction with the Veterans Day National Committee, publish a commemorative Veterans Day poster, soliciting and selecting from the numerous creative contributions of U.S. citizens nationwide. Through the years, these posters have illustrated the rich history of our country’s protectors, and continue to remind all who see them of the accomplishments and struggles faced by our Veterans, past and present. From Revolutionary War battles, to an Old Guard soldier rendering a salute in a solemn ceremony, vivid images and artwork call on us to pause and reflect in homage to those who paved the way for our freedom. The poster is distributed to VA facilities and military installations around the world, and graces the cover of the official program for the Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery.

Do you have an idea for a national Veterans Day poster? If so, the Veterans Day National Committee wants to hear from you. The committee is seeking submissions for the 2015 national Veterans Day poster.

Poster submission guidelines:

  • The final posters must be 18×24” at 300 dots per inch (scale down submissions to 9×12”).
  • Submit electronic versions as jpg images or PDF files via e-mail to: or alternatively, send copies of artwork on a CD with artwork files to:

Veterans Day National Committee, Department of Veterans Affairs, ATTN: Micheal Migliara (002D), 810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20420

Please do not send originals. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2015.

FULL entry criteria and examples of past winning submissions are displayed at: (Scroll down and click on Poster Gallery to see past winners.)

If you have any questions, please contact Micheal Migliara at or 202-461-5386.


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Mitigating Land Mine Threats

Feb 20 2015

LandmineRatBy Mark Cantrell
This article was originally printed in the March issue of
Military Officer magazine.

Costing as little as $1, a single land mine can require a thousand times that amount of money to detect and clear. Once placed, mines can operate autonomously for decades, creating significant humanitarian crises after a war has ended.

To mitigate the danger, researchers are improving mine-detection and clearing techniques. In Croatia, researchers are training bees to detect mines by scent, while a Belgian firm is using giant African rats (right).

The most promising solutions employ advanced technology. In Egypt, a multinational robotic mine-clearing contest has been held since 2012 to develop new devices for the task. In the U.S., DoD’s Idaho National Laboratory has developed a robotic operating system called Robot Intelligence Kernel (RIK), which gives automatons a high degree of situational awareness, allowing them “capabilities that are analogous to that of a highly trained police dog.”

Recently, a robot equipped with RIK and a marking system developed by the Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego was able to detect 130 of 135 mines buried along a road, marking with dye both the location of each mine and a safe path through them.

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Tuskegee Airmen

Feb 18 2015


In honor of African American History Month, we’re sharing some of our favorite past features and stories about African Americans in the military through the month of February!
This historical highlight on the Tuskegee Airmen in the March 2007 Military Officer magazine shows that while two historians may question the Airmen’s long-accepted claim to fame, their record is still an impressive achievement.

The famous Tuskegee Airmen flew during World War II amid the harsh realities of Jim Crow and a segregated military, and still made history as the first African American military aviators in the United States.



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