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 2019, Pentagon Announces Enforcement of Ban on Transgender Service

Following the previous day’s news of a Maryland federal judge lifting the 3rd of four orders barring the military from enforcing the previous administration’s ban on transgender military service, the Pentagon announced that it would be enforcing the policy to bar certain transgender people from joining the military. DoD spokesman Charles Summers stated that the proposed policy would allow transgender troops currently serving to stay … Continue reading On This Day in 2019, Pentagon Announces Enforcement of Ban on Transgender Service

On This Day in 2019, Federal Judge Lifts Order Against Trans Military Ban

Two years ago today, a Maryland federal judge issued a six-page decision lifting an order against the previous administration’s ban on transgender military service. This was the 3rd order lifted since January 2019 when the Supreme Court lifted two other orders issued by judges in the Ninth Circuit. One other order remained in place effectively keeping openly transgender service in place for the time being. … Continue reading On This Day in 2019, Federal Judge Lifts Order Against Trans Military Ban

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

On This Day in 1931, “The Star-Spangled Banner” Officially Became the National Anthem; Today is National Anthem Day

On this day in 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional act making “The Star-Spangled Banner” the official national anthem of the United States. “The Star-Spangled Banner” could be considered a mashup of sorts. The lyrics to the anthem were written in 1814 and the music comes from the British as far back as 1773. The music is a popular British song known as “To … Continue reading On This Day in 1931, “The Star-Spangled Banner” Officially Became the National Anthem; Today is National Anthem Day