Jul 28

MARSOC gets new Operations Officer Primary MOS

MARSOC Officers MARSOC gets new Operations Officer Primary MOS

Marine Special Operations Officers (SOOs) graduating MARSOC’s ITC will be assigned a new Primary Military Occupational Specialty, clearing the way for retention and promotion in a professional career path. Previously, only enlisted Marines designated as Critical Skills Operators (CSOs) were awarded a PMOS of 0372, while SOOs were awarded an Additional Military Occupational Specialty of 0370. The decision now allows SOOs to hold 0370 as a PMOS, and be managed with a development strategy that facilitates talent management of Special Operations Forces skills, standardized training, retention, promotions, command, professional military education and career progression, according to Maj. Gen Clark, the MARSOC commander.“Approval of the PMOS allows the Marine Corps the ability to develop Marine Special Operations Officers (SOOs), over a course of a career, as both fully proficient special operations professionals and well-rounded Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force officers,” said Clark.

Article by GySgt. Joshua Higgins

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Marine officers graduating U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command’s Individual Training Course will be assigned a new Primary Military Occupational Specialty, clearing the way for retention and promotion in a professional career path.

Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos approved development of the new PMOS 0370 and Major Gen. Mark A. Clark, the MARSOC commander, made the announcement to members of the unit July 25 during an officer’s call at the Paradise Point Officer’s Club here.

Previously, only enlisted Marines designated as Critical Skills Operators were awarded a PMOS of 0372, while Special Operations Officers were awarded an Additional Military Occupational Specialty of 0370.

The decision now allows Marine Special Operations Officers (SOOs) to hold 0370 as a PMOS, and be managed with a development strategy that facilitates talent management of Special Operations Forces skills, standardized training, retention, promotions, command, professional military education and career progression, according to Maj. Gen Clark, the MARSOC commander.

“Approval of the PMOS allows the Marine Corps the ability to develop Marine Special Operations Officers (SOOs), over a course of a career, as both fully proficient special operations professionals and well-rounded Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force officers,” said Clark.

Implementation of the billet will end the five-year rotation limit for SOOs assigned to MARSOC. Once designated with the PMOS, SOOs will predominantly fill billets within MARSOC, but will also serve in billets throughout the Marine Corps and across the Special Operations enterprise.

“By developing a defined career path, the Marine Corps will be better able to retain and sustain the operational experience and capability necessary to meet operational requirements and reinvest special operations talent and experience where it is needed most,” said Clark.

The decision is a welcome one for most SOOs who might otherwise have pursued lucrative civilian-equivalent jobs or faced returning to a MOS with less career-building potential for SOOs.

“To be honest, I was considering transitioning out of the Marine Corps,” said one SOO assigned to MARSOC. “The decision to establish 0370 as a Primary MOS provides my family and I the stability we needed to plan out our family’s growth and future knowing there is now a clear and long-term career path for me as a (SOO) within the Marine Corps. Ultimately, this decision allows me to keep doing what I love, and that is leading Marines as a SOO.”

Jul 27

Discovering Possibilities by Thinking Creatively

Discovering possibilities making things happen thinking creatively out of the box 296x300 Discovering Possibilities by Thinking CreativelyIf I were to say there was one chapter that was the most important chapter of our Military Spouse Journey book, Chapter Eight would be it. Not that everything else in our book isn’t important: learning to make and maintain friendships as you move, strengthening your relationship with your spouse even during deployments, learning stress and energy management, etc. etc.

But here’s the deal. You are a unique individual with distinctive interests, skills and passions.

To create a life that works for you within this military life, you have to open yourself up to the possibilities and find ways around the many obstacles. That’s what Chapter 8 is about.

You have to find new approaches to your dream when the approach you’re using isn’t working or simply isn’t possible because if a specific assignment or military life.

Here’s what Holly and I have learned, through our own experience, through research, and through interviews with hundreds of military spouses of all services.

It’s important to learn to automatically ask the questions, “What is possible here? What can I do here to work toward my dream? What is available here that might not be available in other places?” Be open, and access the many possibilities that do exist. (Doing this moves you forward way more than the “why did they send us here; nothing is available here; I can’t wait for our next PCS” approach. We know…we’ve both been there.)

And learn the magic of second and third right answers.

In our workshops, we give participants an opportunity to share dreams and brainstorm with the group to find those second and third right answers.

Charmin’s dream was to own and run a bed and breakfast (B&B) in Tennessee. When asked at a Fort Stewart, Georgia, workshop for her plan of action, she started with, “We hope to get stationed at” and “As soon as he retires, I’ll…”

Notice how those are actions outside her own control and focused on future events. When we pushed for things she could do right now, she added a few: read books on running B&Bs, search the Internet for information, and test breakfast recipes.

Doubt Discovering Possibilities by Thinking CreativelyWe then asked the other workshop attendees for help. Ideas flew. Join the B&B Association for information and contacts. Intern at a B&B to learn the ropes, or “babysit” one while the owners take a vacation. Take a class on how to run a small business: taxes, accounting, marketing, and so on.

By the time we finished brainstorming, her eyes were shining as she saw possibilities, all things she could do right here, right now, not waiting. Imagine the fun and excitement Charmin can now create in her life anywhere they are stationed, moving toward her dream.

The key is realizing there are paths you can try out, rather than simply seeing a dead end in front of you. Brainstorming with others is the first open gate on the road to possibilities.

A reality of military life is that some things you want to do just aren’t possible, at least not exactly the way you envision them. Your career won’t proceed in a straight-line fashion. You can’t build your business the same effective consistent way your peers who stay put can. You won’t have that dream house you keep working on year in and year out to get it just the way you want. You won’t have a garden that matures and evolves over time.

Many of your dreams may seem impossible where you happen to be assigned at the moment. Does that mean you have to give up your dream?

No. It just means the approach you are thinking of—your first right answer— won’t work right here.

That’s where second, third, and higher right answers come into play. Too many of us stop with the first solution to our situation. If that solution isn’t possible, we often give up and end up frustrated and angry with the military—for moving us in the first place or for sticking us in this godforsaken place.

By looking for, and finding, the right answer that does work right where you are, you keep moving toward your dream. You continue to engage in activities that matter to you. You can be quite content wherever they send you as you take advantage of the possibilities of each new assignment.

And don’t even try to figure this out yourself. You are one person with only one set of experiences. You can only come up with limited ideas of how to move forward.

That’s where brainstorming with others comes in. If you’ve already done the Ideal Life exercise, stopped to give thanks for what you already have in your life so you start from a place of abundance rather than lack, done some preliminary research, now it’s time to come up with a plan of action.

Do a mindmap of your own first. On a flip chart paper write down the skills you need, the people/organizations you need to connect with, the action steps you need to take to get you moving towards your dream.

Then gather a group of five to six people, show them what you have and let the ideas fly! You’ll be amazed at what comes out, and of the many resources and contacts you might easily glean to move forward faster.

Don’t believe me? Try it out. Then, if you are in any way stumped, email me (Kathie@militaryspousejourney.com) and Holly and I will brainstorm even further for you. It’s what we love to do.

Jul 15

Lowe’s Steps In to Help Injured Vet Waiting 2 Years For New Wheelchair from the VA

 

Veteran Michael Sulsona was waiting two years to get a new wheelchair from the VA, making due with an old chair… until it broke down inside a Lowe’s.  That’s when three strangers stepped in to help.

See Sulsona’s letter submitted to the Staten Island Advance to express his thanks and gratitude in sharing this amazing story.

In 1971, I stepped on a land mine in Vietnam and lost both legs above the knee. For the past two years, I have been waiting to receive a new wheelchair from the Veterans Administration. In addition, I have been told that I am not entitled to a spare wheelchair.

On the evening of July 7, my wheelchair fell apart again, while shopping at Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in on Forest Avenue in Mariners Harbor.

Three employees, David, Marcus, and Souleyman jumped to my assistance immediately. They placed me in another chair while they went to work.

They took the wheelchair apart and replaced the broken parts and told me, “We’re going to make this chair like new.”

I left 45 minutes after closing hours in my wheelchair that was like new.

I kept thanking them and all they could say was, “It was our honor.”

The actions of these three employees at Lowe’s showed me there are some who still believe in stepping to the plate.

They didn’t ask any questions, didn’t feel the need to fill out any forms or make phone calls. Someone needed help and they felt privileged to be given the opportunity.

When the federal government failed this man, ordinary individuals took the lead. There is hope for humanity after all – we just have to believe in the power of the human spirit.

Jun 24

How to Keep Your Dream from Becoming Your Nightmare

How to keep your dreams from becoming your nightmare How to Keep Your Dream from Becoming Your NightmareWe’ve been learning about the hows and whys of the Ideal Life exercise and by now you’ve identified some of your little and big goals in life.

So how do you go from dreaming to doing?

Before we dive into coming up with a plan of action, before you take your first action step towards what you want, there is one more crucial first step. Take the time to do more research on the activities you think you are most interested in. Conduct information interviews. Ask, ask, ask.

Now you might think information interviews are only for the career world, but think again. They are useful for anything you want to do in life. Talk to people who have done what you want to do. (This can include reading how-to books by people who have done what you want to do, but don’t completely neglect the one-on-one interviews.)

The idea is that, rather than judging a job or any activity as appropriate for you just based on what you imagine, talk to people doing that activity to see if your perceptions match reality.

Gather information, see how your skills fit in, make contacts, and determine your energy and enthusiasm for that endeavor—before you dive in.

Ask questions as to what skills you need, top resources to be aware of, what a typical day is like, the pros/cons of taking on this activity, other people to contact.

And one great wrap-up question: “What do you wish you had done differently early on?”

Why would someone grant you an information interview? People love to talk about what they do. Most people will say yes. My theory is, if they live near you, treat them to coffee or lunch, or meet for a walk.

blog. ask before you act How to Keep Your Dream from Becoming Your NightmareThis powerful tool helps with life decisions. For example, if you are thinking about homeschooling your children, or taking on a volunteer position, or creating a new program in your community to fill a need you see and care about, use the information interview format first.

Talk to others who are doing the same thing you want to do. Then make the decision with facts instead of an imaginary image of what you think it might be like.

I had a dream of starting an Author Series when we settled down. So I searched online and found a program that had been in place for a number of years in another town. I called the founder of that program. She spent hours on the telephone with me, telling me what had worked and what didn’t. She gave me sample forms she used. She gave me a list of great authors to contact, along with mentioning one or two who had been a bit “high maintenance.”

Why did she do all that? She loves what she is doing and likes sharing with like-minded people.

I was able to start the program in my town in a much quicker, smoother way, because I’d done the information interview. Two years later, another woman contacted me because she wanted to start a similar program where she lives.

I happily gave her all of my information, my program plan, the forms we use, and authors to contact, glad to help someone else with her dream.

Information interviews are all about the old “you don’t have to reinvent the wheel” philosophy. You’ll learn shortcuts, find out about resources, and discover people to connect with to help you move forward way more quickly towards your dream.

Information interviews can do other things.

  1. Sometimes by doing an information interview about a crucial military family program you want to create, you may discover the program already exists. You can partner rather than start from scratch…or spend time on some other life priority rather than recreating something that’s already in place.
  2. Sometimes the interviews will end up showing you that your dream isn’t really the reality you have in mind. Some dreams are fantasies, built up by our ideas of what life will be like: “when I publish a book I’ll make lots of money,” “when I open my B&B, I’ll get to sit and chat with people from all over the world, glass of sherry in hand,” “when I work from home I’ll have all this extra time for my family,” “when I homeschool, …”. You might discover from the interviews that this particular dream can be put aside.
  3. Often the interviews will pump up your excitement about your dream. You’ll meet like-minded excited about what they are doing, people who might well become important parts of your network as you move forward. We all have ideals of what accomplishing our goals mean. Information interviews can add a bit of a reality check before you dive in. And if you decide to move forward, you’ll move towards your dreams in a much more efficient way.

Jun 21

Volunteering: Why It Matters

Volunteering why it mattters 300x230 Volunteering: Why It MattersVolunteering. For some, it’s just something to do during the holidays as a way to pay it forward for the blessings you’ve received. For others, it’s a way to kill time. But the reality is, if done properly, it can be so much more rewarding than either of these scenarios. Especially if you’re a military spouse.

A way to make friends.

Volunteering is a great way to immerse yourself in your community and meet new people; something that isn’t always easy when you’re new to an area.

A way to hone your skills.

From volunteering at the base thrift store and learning retail skills, to volunteering at Navy Marine Corps Relief Society to brush up on your office skills, volunteering is a great way to learn new talents that can be added to your resume.

A way to find your passion.

There’s nothing wrong with trying out several organisations to discover who you are and what matters to you. You may love animals, but maybe you realize it’s not for you after spending some time volunteering at your local Humane Society – and that’s okay! Volunteering gives you that flexibility to try new things as well as providing the opportunity to truly love what you’re investing yourself in. Dig in and try a myriad of activities and organizations to find your perfect fit.

Off Base Volunteering Considerations

Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4H, sports teams, etc: Working with kids can be fun and rewarding. You don’t have to be a parent to invest in the kids of your community. If you have a skill that you’d like to share; kids are sponges and a willing audience. From coaching basketball, to teaching sewing lessons, to 4H kids, the possibilities are endless and can truly rewarding.

Humane Society: If you love animals, the Humane Societies are a great place to give back and learn new skills. There’s so many more opportunities than just being a dog walker. Humane Societies often times have fundraisers and are in need of participants to get these going. You can learn marketing, office skills, time management and the event planning process as well… not to mention all the community leaders you’ll get to “rub elbows” with which could lead to great references later.

The Hospital: Candy Stripping can be an old-fashioned notion, but in the medical field, it’s a great start. If you’ve ever thought about working in a medical setting, this a great chance to test out the fit. Not only that, it provides the unique opportunity to introduce you to the right people for future job openings.

Your church: From leading classes and groups to directing the parking lot, many churches need volunteers. It’s a great opportunity to meet others with similar values and impact the lives of many all in one afternoon. Seriously, if you’re going to be there anyway, you might as well build some relationships and use your talents and skills while you’re at it!

On Base Opportunities and Considerations

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society: If you’re hoping to get more involved with your base, learn useful leadership and job skills while making a difference to your fellow service members and their families, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society is for you! You can work in their thrift store (please note not all bases have a NMCRS thrift store so check first!) to their offices helping service members in need of emergency financial aid; you are making a difference daily here.

Family Readiness Assistant: The FRA is a key player in all Marine Corps units. Their efforts aid the families of service members both deployed and at home through unit events, passing on information pertinent to both the base and individual unit as well as being a support system during illnesses, deliveries of babies and any other life changing events. Not all FRO (Family Readiness Officer) programs work the same way, so if you see something you’d like to implement in the unit, speak up and make it happen.

LINKS: Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills (L.I.N.K.S.) is a great starting point for any volunteers looking to home their public speaking and project management skills. Through teaching the Marine Corps lifestyle, you’re helping families adapt to their new surroundings, learn administration and program leadership, as well the building your network in the community.

The list of volunteer opportunities abroad your base is endless. Of course there are more not mentioned, but you can discover more of the programs and organizations by contacting your Marine Corps Family Team Building or your unit FRO.

Whatever program you decide to give your time and energy to, know this: these experiences will provide growth in both your professional and personal skills. You will develop traits valued in all job fields including the confidence and understanding that will shine through everything you do. You will build friendships and professional relationships that will last a lifetime. You’re contributing to your community and touching countless lives. You’re making a difference. And that’s what matters.

Jun 19

Finnegan’s War Feature Film: Now Free to Watch Online

If you’d like to watch Finnigan’s War, an award-winning Korean War veterans tribute film, it’s now available for viewing in its full length below.

It features narration by Mark Hamill (Star Wars). Interview highlights include members of the Korean War’s All-Black 2nd Rangers, Medal of Honor recipient and Holocaust survivor Tibor Rubin and the first Chinese American Marine Corps officer Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee.

 

Jun 12

Semper Fi: Do or Die

Semper Fi 300x225 Semper Fi: Do or DieMy wife and I were in a restaurant making small talk over coffee the other day. I had removed and placed my green Marine Corps utility cover to one side of the table. I do not wear any hat while in a building, especially when eating in a restaurant as it is one of my pet peeves to see some guy eating in a restaurant while wearing a hat. As we were chatting, a man about my own age approached, stuck out his hand and said, “Semper Fi, Jarhead!” I returned the greeting. When he left, my Colombian wife asked, “What is this ‘Semper Fi’ thing you say to people?”

It dawned on me that I had no glib, tip-of-the-tongue response to explain Semper Fi. Truth be told, I don’t think there is an explanation. Since my wife’s Spanish is far better than her English, I explained that the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fidelis” is Latin and in Spanish is Siempre Fiel. However, I went on, Semper Fi isn’t quite the same as Semper Fidelis. Not really. She was now more confused than ever. I felt like I was trying to describe a ladder to someone who had been born blind.

Just what is Semper Fi?

The Marine Corps motto Semper Fidelis was adopted officially in 1883, but Semper Fi appears to have come into widespread use during World War II. My father, a veteran of Bouganville and Guam, summed up Semper Fi briefly when he said; “When I first went in the Marines, I thought Semper Fidelis meant ‘Always Faithful’. A little later I thought it meant ‘Seventy-five dollars’, (when Marines were paid $21 a month) but after we went into combat on Bouganville, I found it actually meant ‘Hooray for me and screw you!’”

It’s basically still the same thing today.

Semper Fi is more sincere than ‘hello’ and far more final than ‘goodbye’. A softly spoken “Semper Fi, Bro” may be a final goodbye to a fallen friend. It verbalizes esprit de corps and Gung Ho. It is a mindset, it is, a perspective, a mentality, an attitude. It is a noun, an adjective, a verb, a modifier, a hyperbole. It expresses pride, anger, admiration, frustration, fear, resentment, sarcasm or snide.

Semper Fi to the Corps might be akin to what Excalibur was to King Arthur: a phrase embedded deeply in Corps traditions used by and for Marines only. Semper Fi rolling casually from the lips of a non-Marine is considered by many to be sacrilege. It is a seventy-odd year old omnipresent catchphrase used by newly-minted six-month reservists as well as Old Salts with 40 years of hash marks yet is not found in any Marine Corps manuals.

Whatever it is the Marine Corps does to drum the concept of brotherhood into us, this brotherhood is permanent, forever and eternal. It is well defined in Full Metal Jacket when R. Lee Ermey said; “… you are Marines and you will be Marines until the day you die..” Semper Fi might be considered a simple expression of this unique brotherhood and is as profoundly fixed in Corps tradition as the eagle, globe and anchor itself.

Several weeks ago while standing in the checkout line at the local food market I placed my few purchases on the counter while the young girl finished bagging the items for the woman in front of me. A very old man hobbling along slowly on a walker got in line behind me. In the small basket affixed to his walker he had a quart of milk, two bananas and a small box of cookies. The emaciated-looking man appeared old beyond his years, in his nineties, I am sure.

His thick glasses, sitting slightly askew, made his rheumy eyes appear three times larger and were sunken in a face as heavily lined as an un-ironed shirt. His clothing, although clean, hung on him as though draped over a branch. A few wisps of white hair protruded from beneath the bright red baseball cap he wore. The old man withdrew one of those old, soft leather coin purses with a clasp and was digging through the change inside, probably hoping he had enough to cover his purchases.

When I looked at his baseball cap, I handed the cashier twenty dollars and said quietly, “This should take care of this old man’s purchases, and give him the change, please.” Then I left.

The front of the old man’s cap had just one word in large yellow block letters: TARAWA.

That old man is Semper Fi.

How does one explain that?

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Jack Wise 300x249 Semper Fi: Do or DieAbout the Author: Jack quit high school in 1963 and enlisted in the Marine Corps at the tender age of 17. When asked about his service in the Corps, Jack is quick to say, “I enlisted, I served, I was honorably discharged. I was never any hero, a Chesty Puller I was not.” Upon his discharge, Jack finished high school and went on to earn an MS degree in natural resource management and foreign languages the University of Wyoming. Jack’s computer is stuffed with book-length manuscripts and short stories and writes three to five hours a day.  Today, working as a home health care nurse, Jack and his Colombian wife live quietly in Colorado.

Jun 04

Military Spouse Rules to Live By: Spoken and Unspoken

Military Spouse Rules marine corps uniform rule 300x262 Military Spouse Rules to Live By: Spoken and UnspokenAlright ladies, let’s be honest for a second. Our man in uniform is a beautiful sight. One that gets the attention of just about every female within eye shot. It doesn’t seem to matter how old the woman is; when a properly dressed Marine walks in sporting those beautiful Dress Blues, or them rolled up cammies, we all swoon just a little. Put a newborn baby in those arms and a woman is done.

If that Blues wearin’, baby carryin’ Marine belongs to you, the need to reach out and grab a “little piece a that” may be a little too hard to resist. Before you do, let’s discuss a few regulations, expectations and just plan “no-no’s”. Please note, this information comes from an understanding place. One that wants to shed light and love so that you will never feel awkward, discarded, or hurt when you’re in the presence of that handsome man you get to call yours.

First and foremost ladies, watch the hands. While they’re in uniform, they need that right hand available to salute at all times. If you can stick to their left side while walking with them, you won’t have too many issues. You cannot hold their hand while they’re in uniform, but you won’t have to think before you grab, or risk being “shaken off”. Yep, the shake off can happen, I’ve seen it. I’ve also seen the look on her face when it happened. It’s something that can’t be unseen! Don’t let that be you.

Second, don’t expect them to carry out a conversation on their phone and walk, or smoke and walk, while in uniform.

Third, for the love of all things holy, PLEASE don’t put their cover on your head while they are in uniform. This action means one of two things. One; you just put a cover on your head inside a building (which they are not supposed to be doing.) or two, you just removed their cover from their person while they were outside. Oh. My. Gawd. Just don’t.

And last, don’t touch the medals. Like ever. Sure they’re bright and shiny. Yes, there’s a story behind each and every one of them-and it’s goooooood- but don’t touch them. Someone spent a lot of time placing them exactly how they need to be, and those Marines earned those beauties with blood, sweat and tears. Respect the medals. Leave them alone!

I’d like to take a second and talk about your Marines favorite accessory. You. Yes, you. In all your glory. If you ask any “taken” Marine what his favorite part of dressing up and letting his awesome shine is, he will answer with “my wife/fiancé/girlfriend/significant other”. Take pride in that. Be his best asset and most beautiful piece. He chose you. He fights for you. He wants nothing more than to be standing next to you. For- like- ever.

I’ve heard tales from women not married to Marines, honestly believing there’s a fairy tale involved in being whisked away by some strapping young lad in uniform. If you’re reading this and are in a relationship with an active duty Marine, you know better. This shit is straight up messy. From the smelly cammies, to the crazy moves across the country, having to drop up or pick up your man at all hours of the day or night. The list goes on. And it’s crazy. It’s exhausting. It’s tear your hair out, scream at the top of your lungs insanity. But it’s yours.

Take pride in that, in yourself, and in your Marine. Look at it like this, “normal” people genuinely believe you live the life of a princess; so pull out the “Princess Card”! (Seriously! That’s like the greatest reason to pull that card EVER!) Now, I’m not talking diva princess. I’m talking real princess. Think Kate Middleton, Princess Dianna. REAL Princess.

What does that mean?

1.  Well for one, don’t wear clothes that show off your lady bits. Dress in clothing that show off your best assets, without actually revealing them.

2.  Keep your hygiene routines at home. This seems like a no brainer, but I swear I once witnessed a wife plucking her eyebrows while sitting in the waiting room at the base clinic. Yuck.

3.  Be respectful and kind of others. I’m not saying “watch who you mouth off to because one of those women might be your husbands CO’s wife blah blah blah” I’m saying be mindful of how you present yourself. You never know when you might come across a new friend or ally. Don’t believe me? Let me tell you my story.

It was Mother’s Day. My family and I were in line at Cold Stone waiting to buy a cake. We’d been waiting a long, long time. When this woman and her family cut in front of me. Before I could stop the word vomit, I snapped “How about you get to the end of the line and wait like the rest of us?!” (she did) A few months later I’m sitting in the parents area at my kids dojo watching all the other moms talk and have a great hour. I walk over to introduce myself, hoping for some new friends and this happens.

“Hey! I remember you! You yelled at me and my kids in Cold Stone Creamery on Mother’s Day!”

Game over. No new mommy friends for me.

Don’t be me. Be graceful, kind and supportive of those around you. Invite in the love and respect you want in your life.

4.  Educate yourself. Real Princesses are smart, and understanding of the world they live in. Be smart and understanding. This will give you something to talk about (ya know, so you’re not grabbing someone’s shiny metals)!

5.  Along with educating yourself, be brave. Don’t go all crazy on me and try to become a cliffhanger, but do try new things. Learn about your new surroundings, take cooking classes, or whatever else floats your boat. Just do something.

Your fearlessness, natural beauty, kindness and intelligence will inspire those around you. And that is what being your Marine’s Princess is all about.

 

May 29

Bigger Than Gods Apparel: Military Tshirts and Giveaway

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BiggerThanGodsApparelLogo 300x82 Bigger Than Gods Apparel: Military Tshirts and GiveawayBTGs Apparel started from a funny situation and has grown into a Fitness Apparel Line that embodies the ideals of overcoming limitations and becoming more. It is a play on the ancient beliefs of mythical gods and represents the growth of modernday people to become more than our ancestors could have ever imagined. Owned and operated by LCDR(R) David Anderson, the line has created many different fitness and gym clothing items and accessories.

To honor the Submarine Force, the line began producing submarine art and shirts. To date, 5 versions have been sold in many of the allied countries.

Dave recently launched the Marine Corps Legacy shirt to honor his USMC friends he’d made throughout his 23 years of Naval service. The shirt features an 1812 era, WWI and WWII era Marine led by a modern Marine Warrior on a timeless battlefield. The Legacy from creation to present day is unwavering. Dedication to duty and honor never changing.

Shirt front features the Globe and Anchor with “Nov 10, 1775 Congress resolves to raise two battalions of Marines” emblazened across the chest of the wearer. Wear this shirt with Pride.

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May 28

Saluting Military Children: Michael-Logan Jordan

OH Logan Jordan 300x216 Saluting Military Children: Michael Logan JordanAs the month of May and Military Appreciation Month comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to thank our military children, who serve quietly on the homefront. These kids move from school to school, say goodbye to friends, and pick up the pieces and start their lives over just weeks later. Sometimes our children are the last to be recognized for all they give up in the military journey, but there’s one child in particular who I believe deserves to be recognized.

Meet Michael-Logan Jordan, Marine ‘brat’ as he refers to himself in a Q&A, and this year’s Operation Homefront’s 2014 Military Child of the Year.

This kid has gusto. He has been living with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis his whole life and has spent most of his childhood giving back to others. He’s raised over $100,000 for the National Arthritis Foundation and donated all of his birthday presents for the last eight years to Toys for Tots and done toy drives (over 10,000+ toys) and so much more. Read the rest of this entry »

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