If you’re a servicemember passing through the T.F. Green airport in Rhode Island, be sure to stop by the Military Lounge!
The Southeastern New England Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) recently presented donations of food, computer equipment and other supplies to the T.F. Green Military Lounge. Chapter Vice-President, Vince Messina, was enthusiastic in his praise for the service provided by the the Lounge to all military servicemen and women passing through T.F. Green Airport.
The Lounge is the brain-child of the non-profit Rhode Island Military Organization (RIMO) and is patterned after similar lounges provided by the USO through out the country. Since its inception in September of 2013, the Military Lounge at T.F. Green has provided service to over 1,300 visitors, and expects to host 10,000 members of the Armed Forces annually.
Betty Leach, the Chairwoman of RIMO’s Lounge committee, that the space provides refreshments, sundry items, entertainment, computer access and a respite of traveling military members and their families. All staff members are unpaid volunteers and there is no charge to use the Lounge and its services.
Space for the Lounge was provided by the RI Airport Corporation and is located on the departure level behind the Delta Airlines ticket counter.
Photo shared by Bill Sharp. Caption: Rhonda Ziehl, RIMO Board of Directors; Vince Messina, MOAA SENE chapter V.P; Betty Leach, RIMO Lounge Committee Chairwoman.
Keeping vessels extraordinarily clean is part of the daily routine for everyone onboard U.S. Navy ships.
“Every day at 0730 we basically do a cleaning station of the ship. Every department has their own space,” sailor John Canevari said, clearly showing pride in his section of the passageway.
Think about that cruise ship with all the sick passengers the next time you don’t wash your hands!
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Photo (top right) courtesy of DVIDS: Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima man the rails after returning from a seven-month deployment.
They fought for democracy in a segregated army and marched as conquerors into a country in ruins. Finding a “breath of freedom” in post-World War II Germany, African-American soldiers experienced for the first time what it felt like to be treated as equals—and returned home determined to change their country.
This largely unknown chapter in American history is told in BREATH OF FREEDOM, a new two-hour documentary narrated by Academy-Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Red Tails, Men of Honor) premiering Monday, February 17 at 8pm ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel. Featuring interviews with former Secretary of State General Colin Powell and Congressman John Lewis, this is the remarkable story of how World War II and its aftermath played a huge role in the Civil Rights Movement. It’s a story told through the powerful recollections of veterans like Charles Evers, brother of slain Civil Rights icon Medgar Evers. From the beginning, black soldiers felt the absurdity of being asked to fight for freedom while being denied it in their own army. “My brother and I and all the other young negroes, we couldn’t stay in the same barracks with the white soldiers,” Evers says. “We couldn’t eat in the same dining hall with the white soldiers. We had all white officers.”
BREATH OF FREEDOM traces African-American soldiers from Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge, when American forces faced such a crisis that they had no choice but to break the rule of strict segregation and allow black soldiers to fight side by side with whites. As the fighting neared an end, one young black soldier, Leon Bass, experienced first-hand the horror of racism under Nazi Germany when he helped liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp. “I was an angry young black soldier when I came into that camp, and I was wondering why I was fighting this war, but now a transformation had taken place,” Bass says. “Something had changed me. And I realized, human suffering is not relegated to just me.”
Black and white image of Tuskegee Airmen (top) – Circa May 1942 to Aug 1943 Location unknown, likely Southern Italy or North Africa via Wikimedia Commons, taken by the U.S. Air Force. Photo of Gen. Colin Powell via Wikimedia Commons by user Charles Haynes.
Described as a “weapons grade” laser, the 30-kilowatt beam combines many fiber lasers operating a slightly different wavelengths into a single “near perfect” band of light. Lockheed says the upgraded system produced the highest power ever documented while still retaining beam quality and electrical efficiency and using 50% less electrical power than solid-state lasers.
Eventually, these systems could be installed on military platforms such as aircraft, helicopters, ships, and trucks.
What could one of these high-energy lasers do to a drone or other enemy aircraft? Check out the test Lockheed did back in May of last year:
Protecting famous works of art and pieces of cultural interest was the mission of the Civil Affairs and Military Government Sections of the Allied armies even before the United States entered World War II.
If you’re planning to go see the movie Monuments Men, you should definitely check out this article from the June 2012 issue of MOAA’s Military Officer magazine: Raiders of the Lost Art by Mark Cantrell.
Retrieving artifacts stolen in wartime can be a monumental challenge.
Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) Officer James Rorimer supervises U.S. soldiers recovering looted paintings from Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany during World War II. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.