Archives for: February 2011
By unitedweroll on Feb 28, 2011 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour Show
Stardust Radio www.stardustradio.com
Tuesday 3/01/11 2:00pm – 4:00pm Central (Live)
Wednesday 3/02/11 6:30pm – 8:30pm Central (Repeat)
Welcome Stardust Listeners! Thank you for joining us on United We Roll this Tuesday, the 1st day of March, 2011.
We are honored to bring you three more new and interesting visits with four deployed Heroes of Freedom this week. The show will end at our regular time of 4pm Central. Remember, if you are not able to stay with us through the show, it will repeat again Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30pm Central. In addition, an MP3 copy will be placed on our show archive site for listening and downloading after the shows have been broadcast. You can reach our archive site at www.stardustradio.info or on the United We Roll page at www.stardustradio.com.
(2:11pm) Our first visit is with Air Force TSG Georgiann Braun who is on deployment with the 376th ELRS (Expeditionary Logisitics Readiness Squadron) at Transit Center Manas. Many hundreds of travelers on their way home must have travel orders and airline tickets and those are prepared by TSG Braun and her team.
(2:39pm) Next, we are speaking with two Army members - CW2 James Smotherman & WO1 Aaron Sargent who are deployed with the HHC BDE 2-1 AAB. Chief Smotherman has been deployed to Iraq 5 times and Mister Sargent has been deployed there 4 times. Both of these soldiers have a personal and professional investment in the amazing turnover that has taken place in this Mideastern country and these gentlemen bring so very much to talk about and to reflect upon.
(3:19pm) Our third visit for this show is with Air Force Maj Karen Knoerdel who volunteered for her deployment with the 521st Aircraft Maintenance Operations Group, Detachment 5. As the supervisor of aircraft maintenance, Maj Knoerdel's job is to take care of the troops assigned to her unit and to make sure that they have what they need to successfully do their job. On this day, the First of March, we want to send a Happy Birthday wish to Maj Knoerdel's son.
These are three more visits that will bring you more information about what our troops do while on deployment and will also make you even more proud of the men and women who serve our country, who give us the gift of freedom and to thank their families who also serve.
We would like to express our appreciation to some folks without whom the visits this week would not be possible. Our deepest appreciation goes to CPT Selina Tolonen, TSgt Jerome Baysmore and SSG Charles McNamara.
As always, our hearts and prayers go out to all of our military members, families, Veterans and to all of our first responders & their families - everyone who puts their lives on hold and on the line for us and our families.
We thank our listeners for tuning in and keeping in touch with our Heroes of Freedom as they share their experiences and thoughts with us at home.
From the volunteers here at United We Roll and Stardust Radio, we wish all of you a safe and happy week.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL & MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA!
NEW SHOW JOINS STARDUST MONDAYS 7-8PM CENTRAL
If you have ever wondered about the meanings of dreams, or have questions about why they are in color or black and white, be sure to tune in and call in to our new show on Mondays from 7pm to 8pm Central called "Talk About A Dream".
VETERAN PROGRAMS AT STARDUST RADIO
We would like to remind any of our listeners who are interested in health and legislative issues that affect those who protect our freedom to tune in to our other broadcasts – OFFE with Gene Simes and Jere Berry at 8pm Central on Tuesday nights ...... and also with Rick Townsend and Firebase Network Sundays at 6:00pm Central.
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By unitedweroll on Feb 28, 2011 | In Military News and Support
Frank Buckles, Last Known U.S. Doughboy And
Advocate for National World War I Memorial in D.C., Passes Away
Though the images that come to mind are from history books and documentaries on WWI, the importance of this time period and all who served should remain well known to all Americans and not become a part of our forgotten past. As I pay my personal salute to Frank W. Buckles for the service he selflessly gave to our country, my heart is full with pride for the tremendous legacy that he and all of his brothers & sisters in uniform have left to us. I pray that we remain worthy of his service and that of all who have worn and still wear our country's uniforms.
WASHINGTON (February 28, 2011) - Frank Woodruff Buckles, who lied about his age to enlist in the Army in 1917 and became the last known U.S.
veteran of World War I, died on February 27, 2011 at the age of 110.
"We have lost a living link to an important era in our nation's history," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "But we have also lost a man of quiet dignity, who dedicated his final years to ensuring the sacrifices of his fellow 'Doughboys' are appropriately commemorated."
Burial with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. Details about the funeral are expected to be released soon.
A long-time resident of Charles Town, West Virginia, where he had a farm, Buckles was born in Bethany, Missouri. He enlisted shortly after his 16th birthday and served in France and Germany.
At the start of World War II, he was a civilian working with a steamship company in the Philippines. He was imprisoned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp for three and a half years.
In his later years, Buckles became an advocate for the expansion of a little-known memorial to World War I Veterans from the District of Columbia into a national memorial.
More than 4,700,000 Americans served in the military during World War I.
About 53,000 died of combat-related causes, while another 63,000 deaths were listed as non-combat.
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By unitedweroll on Feb 24, 2011 | In Military News and Support
Launch came at 4:53 p.m Eastern this afternoon, February 24, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, FL. The 39th and final trip for Discovery, the most travelled space ship in history. Aboard are 6 seasoned space crew members. Another MAJOR MOMENT in AMERICAN HISTORY.
Was it that long ago when it seemed that everything would come to a stop as a space flight was taking off or coming home? When everyone's eyes and ears were glued to the nearest television or radio? When kids and parents alike knew the names of the crew members, the plans for the space trip and when they would be coming home? That all would keep up with the news as the crew performed their duties so many miles above the Earth. Then, on that day of return, all eyes and ears would once again be glued to the televisions and radios to listen for the safe landing.
Though the hustle and bustle of life seems to carry on and not miss a beat, I feel confident that there are still many millions of Americans who are keeping close tabs on this trip into the heavens and will again be listening to welcome the crew home, if only in their hearts. They will be following the news of the crew's activities while in space and I imagine it will be that same group of Americans who will feel the tug of emotion when Discovery is retired after this final trip.
Our hearts and prayers are with Discovery's crew and their families. You bring us hope for tomorrow and pride for today. God Bless You!
For a full article on the take-off and more, visit http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41757735/ns/technology_and_science-space/?GT1=43001
By unitedweroll on Feb 24, 2011 | In Military News and Support
Release No. 02-06-11
Feb. 24, 2011
Stop loss pay application window closing March 4
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFRNS) – The deadline for eligible members or legally designated beneficiaries to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay is coming to a close March 4.
Almost 6,000 current and former Airmen have received a total of more than $19 million in special pay since Air Force Personnel Center officials here began accepting claims in September 2009.
Airmen who were involuntarily held on active duty between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009, may be eligible for the special pay compensation of $500 for each month they were affected. Eligibility includes active, retired and former service members as well as members of the Reserve component who served on active duty while their enlistment or period of obligated service was involuntarily extended, or whose eligibility for separation or retirement was suspended as a result of stop loss.
Claims are being evaluated based upon historical records as well as any supporting documents the applicant may submit. Officials here have received more than 10,500 claims to date with approximately 3,000 of those still pending review or approval determination.
Because of the large volume of applications received in the last few months, officials from the separations branch here are asking claimants to allow 12 weeks for processing their claims before following up.
For more information or to file a claim, eligible members or legally designated beneficiaries may download a stop loss claim application at www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/stoploss. Applicants who were serving in the Reserve or Guard at the time of stop loss may find an application by visiting the Air Reserve Personnel Center website at https://arpc.afrc.af.mil/vPC-GR/.
For more information on program criteria and application instructions, visit the Air Force personnel services website or call the Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102. (Courtesy of Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs)
For more retiree news and information, please visit www.retirees.af.mil.
By unitedweroll on Feb 22, 2011 | In Military News and Support
Earlier this month, the family of Marine PFC Colton W Rusk, a Fallen Hero, attended a rather unusual ceremony where PFC Rusk's partner was both retired from the military and was adopted by the Rusk family. The partner, whose name is Eli, is a Black Labrador who had been a military working dog or K-9 and was also a best friend to PFC Rusk.
On December 5th of 2010, when PFC Rusk fell after being struck by Taliban gunfire, Eli immediately crawled on top of him to try to protect him. It was the bond and love between PFC Rusk and Eli that prompted the military to take such initiative with the retirement and adoption. More details are available in the article at http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123241210 .
Today's show is dedicated to PFC Rusk and Eli, as well as to all K-9 partners and their families. This show was originally run on November 9th, 2010 here at Stardust Radio. With the lengthy conversation about K-9's and their handlers, we thought it appropriate to share this information again.
Hopefully, those who missed the show before will have time to listen in today from 2-4pm Central or on Wednesday 2/23 evening at 6:30pm Central.
For those who did hear the show before, I am sure you will enjoy the conversation again as it may refresh your memories and you may hear things you missed the first time around.
Thank you for joining us.
May God Bless You All & May God Bless America!