The War to End War

One Hundred years ago on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an Armistice was declared that ended hostilities in “The war to end war.”

It wasn’t!!!

He Loves a Parade

POTUS45 cancelled his military parade that had been planned to take place on or about Veteran’s Day.  He used his favorite means of communicating with the masses to explain why the parade was canceled:

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it. Never let someone hold you up! I will instead…

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

….attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, & go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th. Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN. Now we can buy some more jet fighters!


The total cost estimate for the parade has not been made public; however, some estimate it to be 80 to 90 million dollars.  The D.C. government says its costs will be around 21 million dollars:


MurielBowser Retweeted Donald J. Trump
Yup, I’m Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad).


FYI…According to one of POTUS45’s favorite “Fake News” sources, the cost of one F-35 fighter plane is about 94.6 million dollars. 

P.S. In case you are history-challenged and don’t know which war POTUS45 is talking about, it’s the one that ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Veteran’s Day – 2017

Veteran’s Day brings memories of the four years I spent in the U.S. Air Force (USAF).  Back in my day, it was a different world as the Draft was still in effect.  One had two choices: do nothing and hope they would not get drafted due to a deferment or just plain dumb luck or volunteer, serve their time and get on with their life.

I chose the latter.  Upon fulfilling my commitment of 4 years, 0 months, 0 days as stated on my DD 214 I once again became a civilian.  I remember the First Sergeant telling me I should stay in the service as I’d probably starve on the outside since I wouldn’t be getting my guaranteed daily “Three Hots and a Flop.”

Back in my day, one did not have much of a choice of what career field they were assigned to subsequent to completion of basic training.  All of the personnel in my Basic Training Flight ended up with a medical-related AFSC; everybody in the Flight in the barracks next to ours were assigned to fields with motor pool AFSCs.

Following basic training I spent an additional three month’s stay at Lackland AFB to attend Basic Medical Training followed by three more months at Gunter AFS to attend Medical Administrative Specialist (AFSC 906×0) Training.

From there I was assigned to the 551st USAF Hospital at Otis AFB where I spent the remainder of my time in the USAF.

So what usable civilian skills did my four years of service to my country get me?

  • learned how to make a bed and wash my own clothes
  • learned that I had no desire to work in the food service field (KP duty!!!)
  • some basic first aid skills
  • the ability to type 20 words per minute.

If I had to do it over again, would I?  Probably!!