On This Day in 2003, the War in Iraq Began

On March 19, 2003, the United States along with a coalition of forces mostly from the UK started the war on Iraq. It would served as the first stage of the war with the air campaign commencing on March 19th followed by the ground campaign on March 20, 2003. The justifications for the Iraq war started with Iraq’s failure to disarm as the “single trigger.” … Continue reading On This Day in 2003, the War in Iraq Began

On This Day in 1941, the Tuskegee Airmen were Established

On March 19, 1941, the U.S. War Department established the 99th Pursuit Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Corps (AAC) that would become the first unit consisting of African American pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen. In a time when segregation was the law of the land, the Tuskegee Airmen pushed back on the prevalent racism within and outside the ranks of the U.S. military. … Continue reading On This Day in 1941, the Tuskegee Airmen were Established

On This Day in 1942, the K-9 Corps was Formed; It is K-9 Veterans Day

PICTURE IT, U.S. Army, 1942… On this day in 1942, the Quartermaster Corps (QMC) of the U.S. Army began training dogs for the newly formed War Dog Program, or K-9 Corps. Militaries around the world have employed dogs since ancient times. Originally, dogs were employed in offensive operations, being sent into enemy territory to break up formations and tearing down as many enemies as possible. … Continue reading On This Day in 1942, the K-9 Corps was Formed; It is K-9 Veterans Day

On This Day in 1942, the Navy Seabees were Formed

When Japanese forces carried out the infamous surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the U.S. Navy was alerted of the need for a militarized construction force as the attack marked the United States’ entry into World War II. On December 28, 1941, three weeks after Pearl Harbor, Rear Admiral Ben Moreell requested the authority to create Naval Construction Battalions which would be … Continue reading On This Day in 1942, the Navy Seabees were Formed

Happy 106th Birthday, U.S. Navy Reserve

Today the U.S. Navy Reserve turns 106! Formed in 1915 in response to the outbreak of World War I, the U.S. Navy Reserve was first only open to Navy Veterans. By 1916, general enlistment requirements opened up the reserve and the number of serving Naval Reservists grew to 245,789 which accounted for about 54% of the total U.S. Naval Force at the time. At the … Continue reading Happy 106th Birthday, U.S. Navy Reserve

It is Women’s History Month!

In 1981, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 97-28 which authorized and requested the President proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” For the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designation a week in March. After being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project in 1987, Congress passed Public Law 100-9 which designated the whole month of March … Continue reading It is Women’s History Month!

On This Day in 1991, the Persian Gulf War Ended

On this day in 1991, President George Bush declared a ceasefire that would end the Persian Gulf War that lasted 42 days. In early August 1990, Iraqi president Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion and occupation of neighboring Kuwait. In response, Arab powers called on the U.S. and other Western nations to intervene. When Hussein defied the UN’s call to withdraw Iraqi forces, the Persian Gulf … Continue reading On This Day in 1991, the Persian Gulf War Ended

On This Day in 1945, U.S. Marines Raised the Flag on Mount Suribachi

On this day is 1945, U.S. Marines raised the American flag on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi after four days of fierce fighting to claim the island as an air base. There were two flag-raisings after a commander called for a larger flag to be put up to inspire the troops and demoralize the opposing forces. It was the 2nd raising that photographer Joe Rosenthal captured, … Continue reading On This Day in 1945, U.S. Marines Raised the Flag on Mount Suribachi