Memorial Day

Memorial day is America’s day to remember those who perished in the wars in which America has engaged. Three years after the civil war, a war in which 498,332 Americans died, General John A. Logan (Ret.), was serving as the 3rd Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic when he made the following proclamation:

John A Logan“The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.”

 The Grand Army of the Republic was founded in 1866 as a veterans organization primarily … Read more »

Chris Kyle – American Sniper

My Thoughts on American Sniper

American Sniper - Chris Kyle - Aegis AcademyA lot has been said about Chris’s life and the book/movie called American Sniper  that go a long way trying to explain just what drives a modern American to enlist and go fight for his country in a war which was neither popular nor victorious. His sense of service to his country is a great example of what has sustained the United States of America since its very inception. Chris is just one of tens of thousands of citizens that signed up right after the Sept 11, 2001 attack on America and served with honor and distinction. He served four operational tours in Iraq during the absolute worst of the conflict. He directly supported the Marines in Fallujah and Ramadi and received 2 Silver Stars, 5 Bronze Stars and was wounded twice during some of the heaviest fighting of the entire war. He is credited … Read more »

A Veteran’s Reflection on Veteran’s Day

vetpos87A Veteran’s Reflection on Veteran’s Day

Today, as our Nation pauses to honor its veterans, some Americans are enjoying a day off of work… some are cashing-in on some internet and retail sales presumptuously named after the federal holiday… and others are actually reflecting on what this day means to our Nation and her veterans.  While I don’t claim to speak on behalf of all veterans, I’m not soliciting for any charity or cause and I’m not prodding anyone to go out of their way to “thank a vet.”  After 20 years of serving our Nation, however, I feel compelled to share a few thoughts on Veteran’s Day from the perspective of just this one veteran.  I believe the veteran’s story is a compelling one that is worth sharing… for our veterans are both a product of and protector to the families, schools and communities that raised us.  In the … Read more »

Ebola from an Amateurs Perspective

What you need to know about Ebola

Kevin Spacey – OutBreak 1995

First, let me start out by stating that I am far from an infectious disease expert, and I did not even sleep at a Holiday Inn last night. I did, however, major in Bio-Chemistry Cell and Molecular Biology. I lecture frequently on travel and personal security of which disease risk is a significant factor. Instead of watching football, I read things like “A Stain on Our Humanity” which details the infectious disease experiments conducted by the Japanese in World War II, and periodically burn a few hours on the National Institute of Health reports on containment effectiveness of various global disease outbreaks.

So, when I am not reading about foreign affairs or personal security, shooting at competitions, walking my dog or spending time with my family, this stuff is one of my interests. What I see reported in … Read more »

Social Media and the Firearms Training Industry

What to do with Social Media in the Industry?

social-mediaMany in the personal security and firearms training industry are still living in the cave where social media is known to be responsible for the downfall of society. The question for many in the industry who are learning to walk upright is how can we leverage social media? For the record, I am still learning, but these are my observations over the past three years or so of trying to pick up my knuckles and embrace the future. I did not have a personal Facebook account when we opened Aegis Academy to the public. I did not have a LinkedIn account. I didn’t know how to use instant messenger, or have any idea why anyone would send a 140 character tweet into cyber space on what they happened to be thinking of at the moment and even less of a clue … Read more »