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)

This link is shared from It focuses on career transitions and provides another service that may be an option for you!

This launched on Wednesday at Arizona@Work but the video promo and links are available on the page.

NOTE: This is a free trial to the service; however, just by examining the free trial you may be able to gain some hints and insights into way that you can market better your skills, experience, and entrepreneurship.



Dress for Success and Beyond

After landing your post-military job, one of the many things that you will need to tackle is your company’s dress code.  Some of you have been wearing this nation’s uniform for 20 or more years.  Your only concern in that time has been whether you are within regulations.  Now, you have the opportunity to show your personality by dressing for success.

Continue reading “Dress for Success and Beyond”

A Special Commemorative Car…

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

Today was a beautiful day in Mesa, AZ, just east of Phoenix. Falcon Field, our local private and executive airport (no commercial passenger flights) had its annual open house. Falcon Field is also home to the AZ Wing of the Commemorative Air Force and their B-17G “Sentimental Journey” and B-25J “Maid in the Shade.” It truly makes for a sentimental journey through time!

Also at the open house each year is “Impala Bob’s Classic Car Show. This year a very special car was part of the show–a Corvette that bears the names of hundreds of military personnel and Veterans. I had the honor of watching a young mother and her young daughter as the mother signed the name, service, and dates for her husband on a special place reserved for Gold Star families. Her husband was a Marine who had been killed in action in 2011. 

Below are a few photographs of the car. It has already appeared at the USS Lexington (CV-16) museum last year.

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Semper Fortis!