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Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?Five signers were captured...
07/04/2019

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well-educated,

but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if
they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and
Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson,Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was
destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free! We thank these early patriots, as well as those patriots now fighting to KEEP our freedom!

David Bellavia receives the Medal of Honor for his actions in a ‘house of nightmares’
06/27/2019
David Bellavia receives the Medal of Honor for his actions in a ‘house of nightmares’

David Bellavia receives the Medal of Honor for his actions in a ‘house of nightmares’

Many of the men at the White House on Tuesday would not have been there if it were not for Staff Sgt. David Bellavia and his “exceptional courage to protect his men and defend our nation,” against an enemy “that would have killed them all had it not been for David,” President Donald Trump sa...

Tyndall Air Force Base
10/19/2018

Tyndall Air Force Base

Residents are now inspecting their homes on Tyndall. As reminder, there are numerous helping agencies on base to assist. Hard times bring the Air Force family together. Be a good wingman to one another, and continue to support each other.

Turkish lawyers seek arrest of US servicemembers on Incirlik Air Base
08/08/2018
Turkish lawyers seek arrest of US servicemembers on Incirlik Air Base

Turkish lawyers seek arrest of US servicemembers on Incirlik Air Base

A group of pro-government lawyers in Turkey have filed charges against several U.S. officers associated with Incirlik Air Base, seeking their arrest for alleged ties to terrorist groups. The lawyers are seeking a temporarily halt to all flights leaving the base and access to execute a search warrant...

The VA hospital in DC was reportedly using rusty surgical tools and water full of bacteria, and employees say the 'criti...
08/06/2018
The VA hospital in DC was reportedly using rusty surgical tools and water full of bacteria, and employees say the 'critical' situation is getting worse

The VA hospital in DC was reportedly using rusty surgical tools and water full of bacteria, and employees say the 'critical' situation is getting worse

Persistent and serious problems that reportedly put patients in danger at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Washington, DC have employees pleading with the new VA secretary for assistance.

07/27/2018
Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

American and allied troops were on hand at Osan Air Base to greet an Air Force C-17 Globemaster as it landed with 55 cases of remains thought to belong to U.S. servicemembers. Read more: stripes.com/1.539731

U.S. Forces Korea
07/27/2018

U.S. Forces Korea

United Nations Command returned 55 cases of remains from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea on the 65th anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement. Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency personnel are preparing the remains for transfer back to the United States. #KoreanWar #NeverForgotten #Repatriation

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North Korea cancels annual anti-US rally for first time in years
07/19/2018
North Korea cancels annual anti-US rally for first time in years

North Korea cancels annual anti-US rally for first time in years

In a sign of improving relations with the United States, North Korea has decided to cancel an annual "anti-U.S. imperialism" rally this year. The rally served as one of North Korea's most symbolic and political events, held annually on July 27 in remembrance of the start of the Korean War. North Kor...

DoD to bar GI Bill transfer for long-serving troops
07/13/2018
DoD to bar GI Bill transfer for long-serving troops

DoD to bar GI Bill transfer for long-serving troops

The Pentagon announced it is instituting the cap, effective in one year, and making other changes to the current transfer policy “to more closely align the transferability benefit with its purpose as a recruiting and retention incentive,” according to a statement.

07/10/2018
07/04/2018
United States Air Force

United States Air Force

SOUND ON!

Celebrate freedom with the sound of freedom!

Happy Independence Day!

Airman praised after parking in wing commander’s space at E-Club
07/02/2018
Airman praised after parking in wing commander’s space at E-Club

Airman praised after parking in wing commander’s space at E-Club

Japan — When Col. Kenneth Moss, commander of the 374th Airlift Wing, arrived at Yokota’s Enlisted Club for a morning meeting last Thursday and discovered a car parked in his reserved space, it seemed like an airman was about to have a very bad day.

Opinions?
06/20/2018

Opinions?

Space.com
06/18/2018
Space.com

Space.com

Trump Signs Space-Traffic Policy, Calls for Space Force

Space.com
06/18/2018
Space.com

Space.com

Trump Signs Space-Traffic Policy, Calls for Space Force

Why Sergeant Major doesn't want you walking on the grass
06/04/2018
Why Sergeant Major doesn't want you walking on the grass

Why Sergeant Major doesn't want you walking on the grass

Avoiding grass underfoot is so prevalent in the military that most NCOs don't know why they're yelling at a private — they just know that first sergeant is looking.

06/03/2018
Today we honor the brave souls that paid the ultimate price in defense of our great nation.  Feel free to name a hero yo...
05/28/2018

Today we honor the brave souls that paid the ultimate price in defense of our great nation. Feel free to name a hero you would like to honor and remember this Memorial Day 2018. This grateful nation owes a debt that can never be repaid! #MemorialDay #FreedomIsNotFree

05/27/2018
USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely
05/27/2018
USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely

Engineers say damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely. Hawaii News Now reports boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the memor...

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. This year it is celebrated on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Thank...
05/19/2018

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. This year it is celebrated on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Thanks to President Harry S. Truman, it’s a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. President Truman led the effort to establish a holiday in order for citizens to unite and to honor our military heroes for their patriotic service in support of the United States of America.

Although, originally, there were single day celebrations for each branch of the military, the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force; this format changed on August 21, 1949, when Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day. Stemming from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense, the annual celebration now commemorates all branches of the military during one solitary day.

Air Force colonel faces multiple charges, including raping sleeping woman
05/10/2018
Air Force colonel faces multiple charges, including raping sleeping woman

Air Force colonel faces multiple charges, including raping sleeping woman

Col. Jason Costello, an F-22 Raptor pilot with North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, is charged with raping a sleeping woman while in Rhode Island in October and December 2014.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal has a plan for all young Americans to serve their country
05/08/2018
Gen. Stanley McChrystal has a plan for all young Americans to serve their country

Gen. Stanley McChrystal has a plan for all young Americans to serve their country

It all started with a question.In the summer of 2012, Gen. Stanley McChrystal was wrapping up an onstage conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival conference.He was asked if the US should reinstate the draft.Yes, he replied, but not to grow the size of the armed forces. He argued that since only 1% o...

Air Force: Next-generation B-21 bomber headed to 3 bases
05/05/2018
Air Force: Next-generation B-21 bomber headed to 3 bases

Air Force: Next-generation B-21 bomber headed to 3 bases

The U.S. Air Force says bases in Missouri, South Dakota and Texas will receive the next-generation B-21 bomber to replace existing aircraft starting in the mid-2020s.

Poor morale stems from changes in Air Force culture
04/22/2018
Poor morale stems from changes in Air Force culture

Poor morale stems from changes in Air Force culture

The Air Force is facing serious morale and retention issues, but they are not due to readiness and the need to grow the force. Instead, the political culture of the Air Force is to blame.

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Looking for SMSgt Fred Smith, AFSC 29390, stationed in Germany 1966-1969, I think he retired and went to Spain from Ramstein AB, Germany
A question for everyone. Didn’t the President sign a new bill into law recently saying if you have to travel over 40mi to a military/VA facility you can pick some place local and the VA will pay for it? The reason I ask is my son who is an Iraqi war vet was recently severely injured in a fall (burst t12) and the VA is saying they’re going to move him the a VA rehab facility in Cleveland, Ohio. We all live in Columbus, Ohio. His wife is here, everybody he knows is here.
Retired USAF running for Congress in NC-11--please share! woodsmall4nc.com
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I need your help! If you know anyone in or near Killeen, Texas PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE Published: January 26, 2019. KILLEEN, Texas — The Central Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery is calling for the public’s attendance at an unaccompanied Texas veteran’s funeral. Air Force Veteran Joseph Walker will be laid to rest Monday, and no one is expected to attend. The cemetery said they do not know where his family is and they do not want him to be laid to rest alone, so they are asking the public to attend. Lets not let Air Force Veteran Joseph Walker be laid to rest alone MAP: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Central+Texas+State+Veterans+Cemetery/@31.026294,-97.758193,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x672d60c917d9d372!8m2!3d31.026294!4d-97.758193 The Central Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery (254) 616-1770 11463 TX-195, Killeen, TX 76542 https://www.facebook.com/CentralTexasSVC/posts/2264102540296019
Good evening ladies and gents. Any retired uniform wear experts in the group? I have a stupid question about wear of the uniform as a retiree. Title 10, Section 772, talks about uniform wear for non-active duty. Paragraph C states a retired officer can wear the uniform of his retired grade. Paragraph E states if served honorably during "time of war" the member can wear the uniform of highest grade achieved during time of war. Say an officer is a retired Lt Col, due to not wearing full Colonel the 3 years to retire in grade...buuuuut he pinned on Colonel before retirement...during time of war, making full Colonel the highest grade achieved during war. Which paragraph prescribes the appropriate rank the member can wear (during permissible circumstances, of course) when both paragraphs apply to the scenario? If having policy reference to support your opinion, please provide. Thanks so much!
Before there was a USAF, there were the Wright Brothers
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Looking for Edward and Barbra Simpson and Ann Anderson
Looking for George (Jeff) Jefferson, he is a retired veteran from the Airforce USA 🇺🇸 He would of spent time in Prince Edward Island, Canada, back in the 60’s. We would be grateful for any information in locating him. Furthermore, back in the 60’s he was trying to locate his biological son Dean in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Dean had no knowledge of George Jefferson back then. We are going on information we were given that George Jefferson is his biological father and he was in the Airforce USA 🇺🇸 he was in a relationship with Dean’s mother Beverley back then in the 60’s and she gave him up for adoption to Jerry and Marie Vanderkaay. This is all the information that the biological mother gave us about George Jefferson nickname (Jeff).Dean Vanderkaay resides in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. We would be very grateful for any information, Thank You 🙏
41 years ago today I took my first ever plane ride at age 26 to Lackland AFB beginning my 20 year 6 month career as a "crew dawg".....loved it!