A Great Day for the United States Navy and the United States!

CDR Carl B. Forkner, Ph.D., USN(Ret)

After nearly three decades of naval service, I have had the opportunity to see much of the world, meet men and women who were true heroes, be part of the planning and execution of operations against our enemies, and serve with my brothers and sisters in the our exceptional joint military services. But there is something special about some parts of our naval culture that stand out as being something special–something that you stop what you are doing and to which you have a burning desire to be a part.

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2017 BUC Joel E. Baldwin Award Recipient

CDR Carl B. Forkner, Ph.D., USN(Ret)

BUC Joel Egan BaldwinEach year, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee (TCC MAC) recognizes exceptional service members and students with awards and scholarships. One of those annual awards is the BUC Joel E. Baldwin Memorial Award, named for Chief Builder (BUC) Joel Egan Baldwin, USN, who was serving in Mosul, Iraq, when he was killed in a 2004 attack on the base. The award is given to a deserving SeaBee in honor of Chief Baldwin. Continue reading “2017 BUC Joel E. Baldwin Award Recipient”

A Special Night for Special Young Patriots

CDR Carl B. Forkner, Ph.D., USN(Ret)

One of the most wonderful experiences for retirees and other military Veterans is the soldier-salutingopportunity that we may have to influence and celebrate the accomplishments of those who now Stand the Watch and maintain the tradition. Even more exciting is to welcome those young men and women who stand tall, raise their right hand, and choose to become part of the military brotherhood and sisterhood — the next generation of people who love America like we do and are willing to sign the same check, payable up to and including our lives to defend her.

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A Historic Week in June

CDR Carl B. Forkner, Ph.D., USN(Ret)

This past week in June was one during which two significant events that helped turn the tide of evil into the light of freedom occurred. No, not this week; rather three-quarters of a century ago at opposite ends of the Earth. In both cases, the events underscored the determination, bravery, and selfless sacrifice of what Tom Brokaw–and now the nation–refer to as The Greatest Generation.  Continue reading “A Historic Week in June”

The White House’s Promised Veterans Complaint Line is LIVE

CDR Carl B. Forkner, Ph.D., USN(Ret)

Shared from the June 1, 2017 edition of Military Times.

The White House’s promised veterans complaint line goes live today

By: Leo Shane III, June 1, 2017 (Photo Credit: Evan Vucci/AP)

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s long-promised hotline for veteran complaints officially launches on Thursday, but questions remain about the long-term plans for the new resource.

The phone line — live now at 855-948-2311 — is designed to “collect, process and respond to the complaints of individual veterans in a responsive, timely and accountable manner,” according to Department of Veterans Affairs officials. Continue reading “The White House’s Promised Veterans Complaint Line is LIVE”

Memorial Day 2017

CDR Carl B. Forkner, Ph.D., USN(Ret)

To everyone out there who receives this, greetings.

Today is a solemn day on which we remember those who served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. As scripture tells us in John 15:13 – Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Continue reading “Memorial Day 2017”

“Operation Vet Tek”

CDR Carl B. Forkner, Ph.D., USN(Ret)

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