Browsing: Videos

Too many veteran programs concentrate on sad stories, personal tragedies and breathtaking heroism. The vast majority of veterans fall somewhere in between. The challenge they all face during transition is in finding new purpose, because in the military they had it. The goal for all of us should be to help them discover and attain a new, equally satisfying purpose in the private sector. This excellent and emotional video (8 min) describes the Wyakin program through the eyes of three wounded veterans. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I support this foundation because it empowers wounded and injured veterans…

My father was a World War II veteran, an experience that he credited for changing his life for the better. A high school dropout and part time troublemaker, he joined the Navy two days before his 18th birthday, on June 6, 1944. D-Day. He loved the Navy until the day he died, marrying his beautiful bride on the same day ten years later in Emporia, Kansas, the town where Veterans Day was first created, and where my mother and brother (and family) still live. One of my father’s favorite songs was Amazing Grace. It was played during his memorial service…

(If you haven’t seen the video at the top of the page, take five minutes and watch it.) “On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress approved the resolution to establish two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore. This date marks the official formation of the Continental Marines.” 1st Commandant: Major Samuel Nicholas (1775-1783) From its founding days before the Revolution to today’s ongoing operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and other deadly places around the world, the Marine Corps has unblinkingly answered the clarion call whenever the nation needed protectors. More than those serving in…

Each year the fighter communities hold galas/balls to celebrate their craft and renew friendships. This is the 2015 opening video for the strike fighter ball held on the east coast. It is nine and a half minutes long, but worth the watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4s3OaGWh7s A high definition version can be seen here.

Want to get fired up for the weekend? Watch this video: In a more pensive mood? Here is one for you (I found this one to be particularly well made): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa_fnFxN5fs Want some laughs? Here is a video that shows why you should never fall asleep in the military.

Here is a video that captures what I loved about being on a ship, courtesy of USS CURTS (FFG 38). The credits say this was shot in 2012, a year before she was decommissioned. I did notice that the engineering department was underrepresented – no mystery really, since the film was put together by an Operations Specialist. Segue cartoon: If you are a carrier fan, here is a short but well done and satisfying video of carrier operations. The video notes say that it was shot on board USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) in 2012. This was my perspective of carrier…

Underway replenishments, universally known as UNREPS, are uniquely Navy and one of the most dangerous evolutions ships go through on deployment and when underway for extended periods of time. Thousands of tons of steel cruise through the pitching ocean about 150 feet apart as they transfer fuel, ammunition, spare parts and food to ships on the pointy end of the spear. They often take several hours to complete. This is a video of two destroyers (ROOSEVELT (DDG 80) and MASON (DDG 87) according to the clip) conducting simultaneous UNREPS with USNS LARAMIE (T-AO 203) in the FIFTH Fleet AOR (Middle…

DARPA, the organization used by the military to develop new technologies (from its website: to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security.), recently released photos of an autonomous vessel that it built called the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessl (or ACUVD). It is specifically designed to track diesel submarines. Click here for the DARPA website that describes how it works. Here is a time lapse of it under construction – it gives a hint as to what is inside. Link up a few of these babies on SKYNET and we’re all set!

1 2 3 43
css.php