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Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families delivers Holiday Cheer to America’s “Fighting 79th”!🎅🎄🎄🎄🎄

December 4, 2019

YELLOW RIBBON AMERICA NEWS DESK:

North Pole South / FOB Orange County, CA: – Santa’s Elves, with “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” deliver Donation Check and Toys to the Great Soldiers & Families of America’s “Fighting 79th”, United States Army Reserve for their upcoming December 8th Unit Christmas Party! MSG Jose Sandoval with the 79th Theater Sustainment Command HHC, Los Alamitos, California receives Donation Check to cover food and beverage costs for the upcoming Unit Christmas Holiday Party and Toys for the Great Soldiers & Families of the “Fighting 79th”, United States Army Reserve! A heartfelt special thanks to the City of Newport Beach and all the City’s Department’s, it’s Amazing Fire Department Station’s and Life Guard’s! And our wonderful good friend’s Pioneer Log Homes of B.C.🎅 Photo credit Chief Elf Brad & US Army Reserve. #KnowYourMil #BeyondTheUniform

“The 79th TSC is headquartered at Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, California, officially activated on December 1, 2009. As Operational Command Posts of a Theater Sustainment Command – the ESCs plan, coordinate synchronize, monitor, and control operational- level sustainment operations for Army Service Component Commands, Joint Task Forces and Joint Forces Commands throughout the world.

FIGHTING 79th MISSION:
Provide trained, ready, cohesive, well-led sustainment units for world-wide deployment to meet the U.S. Army’s rotational and contingency mission requirements in support of the National Military Strategy.

MOTTO “TO DO FOR COUNTRY”
The 79th Theater Sustainment Command provides trained and ready logistics units for worldwide operations and deployment. The 79th TSC’s operational designation in Sept. 16, 2017 makes it the newest of the Army’s Theater Sustainment Commands and one of only two in America’s Army Reserve, with units that span locations dispersed across 19 states, all west of the Mississippi River.

Activated in 2009 as the 79th Theater Sustainment Command, its specialized capabilities support both Defense Support of Civil Authorities and early entry/set-the-theater requirements.

As the operational command posts of a TSC, Theater Sustainment Commands plan, coordinate, synchronize, monitor, and control operational-level sustainment for Army Service Component Commands, joint task forces, joint forces commands, and multinational forces throughout the world.

The 79th traces its lineage back to the 79th Infantry Division, activated in August 1917. The 79th fought in the Meuse-Argonne campaign during the closing months of World War I, earning the nickname “Cross of Lorraine” for its defense of France. After inactivating in June 1919, the 79th was re-activated in June 1942; two years before reporting to the Port of Embarkation at Camp Myles Standish, Massachusetts in April 1944. Three months later the unit disembarked on Utah Beach, Normandy, June 12-14.

Following stiff enemy opposition during multiple campaigns of World War II, where three Soldiers from the division were awarded the Medal of Honor, the 79th went on to become an occupation force in the Dortmund, Sudetenland, and Bavarian areas successively.”

From: US Army Reserve Website: https://www.usar.army.mil/Commands/Functional/79th-TSC/About-Us/

You too can be one of Santa’s Christmas Elves and Report for Duty for America’s 1# Christmas Drive “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”! Help bring local community based support for America’s Best and their Families this 2018 Christmas Season!

Contact Santa’s Elves at Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org to learn how YOU can Help Support Your Local Military Units and their families this Christmas!

Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families is a sponsored community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

This Year Lets-All-Unite🇺🇸 To Help Support America’s Best This Christmas!🎅🎄🎄🎄🎄

December 2, 2019

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North Pole South / FOB Orange County, CA: Many of America’s Military families will be once again be separated from their loved serving away from home this Christmas, but Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families will try to help make their Christmas Holidays a little brighter. To help ease the holiday blues, we are encouraging all fellow American’s to donate toys and other gift items to help support their local Military Unit’s Christmas Parties with their families. 

Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families began in Orange County, California and at the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California in 2004 for America’s Military Unit’s and their Families. Our mission is to help promote and provide community based support to our Nation’s deployed and at-home Military Unit’s and their families. It is not just the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members that are affected when they are deployed and away from home but also their families who are left behind.

Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families is a great grassroots community event that was created as a blue print for the whole Country to participate in. So that all of us United & Together can help support our local Military Units and their families through the Christmas Holiday Season. And then teach America how to give support to them year-round!

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a sponsored community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly promoted and supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

To Help Support Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families. Contact Santa’s Elves at Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org to be able to do your part today!

Merry Christmas!🎅🎄

🎄🎅Christmas Donations Being Accepted to Spread Local US Military Holiday Cheer!

November 22, 2019

Yellow Ribbon America News Desk:

🎅🎄North Pole / South: The City of Newport Beach, California is supporting Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families this year to make the holidays brighter for military personnel and their families. Interested community members may drop off new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment, new or used DVDs, and gift cards at the following locations:

  1. Newport Beach City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Revenue (1A), Community Development (1C), City Clerk’s Office (2E)
  2. OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Avenue
  3. Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road
  4. Marina Park Community & Sailing Center, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd.
  5. Newport Beach Police Department, 870 Santa Barbara Drive
  6. Balboa Peninsula Fire Station #1, 110 E. Balboa Blvd. 
  7. Lido Fire Station #2, 475 32nd Street
  8. Fashion Island Fire Station #3, 868 Santa Barbara Drive
  9. Balboa Island Fire Station #4, 124 Marine Avenue
  10. Corona del Mar Fire Station #5, 410 Marigold Avenue
  11. Mariners Fire Station #6, 1348 Irvine Avenue
  12. Santa Ana Heights Fire Station #7, 20401 Acacia Street
  13. Newport Coast Fire Station #8, 6502 Ridge Park Road
  14. Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue
  15. Balboa Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd. 
  16. Crean Mariners Library, 1300 Irvine Avenue
  17. Corona del Mar Library, 410 Marigold Avenue

Donations will be accepted now through 12 p.m. on Monday, December 23. Military personnel pick up donations on the afternoon of Monday, December 23.

Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families, a Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation program and organized by Yellow Ribbon America ( www.YellowRibbonAmerica.org ), has supported members of the armed services and their families during the holidays for 15 years. For more information on Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 949-644-3005.

You too can be ones of Santa’s Christmas Elves and Report for Duty for America’s 1# Christmas Drive “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”! Help bring local community based support for America’s Military Unit’s and their Families this 2019 Christmas Season!

Contact Santa’s Elves at Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org to learn how YOU can Help Support Your Local Military Units and their families this Christmas!

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

🇺🇸Help Support America’s Best & Their Families This 2019 Christmas!🎅🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

November 12, 2019

 

Preparations Underway To Help America’s Military Unit’s & Their Families This 2019 Christmas!

You too can be ones of Santa’s Christmas Elves and Report for Duty for America’s 1# Christmas Drive “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”! Help bring local community based support for America’s Military Unit’s and their Families this 2019 Christmas Season!

Contact Santa’s Elves at Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org to learn how YOU can Help Support Your Local Military Units and their families this Christmas!

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

It’s Time For All American’s To Report For Duty And Support Your Local Military Units & Their Families This Christmas!🎅🎄🎄🎄🎄

November 1, 2019

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You too can be ones of Santa’s Christmas Elves and Report for Duty for America’s 1# Christmas Drive Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families! Help bring local community based support for America’s Best and their Families this 2019 Christmas Season!

Contact Santa’s Elves at Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org to learn how YOU can Help Support Your Local Military Units and their families this Christmas!

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

🎄Merry Christmas!🎄

Our Favorite Season Is Here!🎅🎄🎄🎄🎄

October 31, 2019

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President Trump, Secretary of Defense Esper Honor Victims of 9/11🇺🇸

September 11, 2019

President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, render honors as TAPS is played by a U.S. Marine Corps Band “The President’s Own” bugler during the annual 9/11 Observance Ceremony in Washington D.C., Sept. 11, 2019. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Sept. 11, 2019 | BY  David Vergun

President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday remembered the nearly 3,000 people who died in the 9/11 attacks and issued a warning to anyone who may consider launching a similar attack.

Speaking at a ceremony at Washington’s 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Trump named some of the service members, veterans and first responders who aided in the 9/11 rescue, as well as service members who have died fighting terrorists — and he recognized the thousands of service members who are currently deployed.

“American freedom survives only because there are patriots willing to sacrifice everything in its defense,” Trump said. “No tribute is sufficient to convey the infinite depth of our nation’s gratitude.”

As a warning to anyone thinking about attacking America, Trump promised a strong response. “We do not seek conflict. But if anyone dares to strike our land, we will respond with the full measure of American power and the iron will of the American spirit — and that spirit is unbreakable,” he said.

Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said the terrorists stole the lives of those killed in the attacks in New York and Washington and the failed attack that led to the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. 

“Fearful of American values, ideas, and freedoms, our nation’s enemies sought to dim the beacon of hope that America has long shone throughout the world,” Esper said. But the American people responded with even greater bravery and determination. “Under the very worst of conditions, we saw the very best of America,” he said.

Service members in the audience render honors as the National Anthem is played during the annual 9/11 Observance Ceremony in Washington D.C., Sept. 11, 2019. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Esper said it is important to remember first responders and others who worked to save lives, as well as the service members — some who paid the ultimate sacrifice — who brought justice to those responsible.

“While 9/11 may have transformed our great nation, it also reaffirmed America’s commitment to defend our people and our way of life — a commitment that remains unchanged since the founding of our republic 243 years ago,” he concluded.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said the terrorist attacks were intended to challenge our way of life and they sought to break the nation’s spirit. “But their purpose was never realized. That day made us stronger, more determined and more resolved to protect our nation and that for which it stands,” he said.

Though Stressed, United States Air Combat Command Provides Capabilities.🇺🇸

August 21, 2019

YELLOW RIBBON AMERICA NEWS DESK:

Though Stressed, United States Air Combat Command Provides Capabilities

Aug. 21, 2019 | BY Jim Garamone

The United States Air Force’s Air Combat Command is stressed, but is still able to provide Military Capabilities Combatant Commanders need, ACC’s Commander said.

“Are we stressed? Yes,” Air Force Gen. James M. “Mike” Holmes told the Defense Writers Group yesterday in Washington. “But are we able to meet the things our Country is asking us to do? Yes.”

ACC is the largest command in the service, operating around 1,000 aircraft in 35 wings at 300 locations worldwide. The command has 159,000 Military and Civilian Personnel, and its Headquarters is at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

The Command is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining Combat-Ready Air, Space, Cyber and Intelligence Forces. 

The U.S. Air Force was hit hard by budget problems of the past decade. The effects of the Budget Control Act, sequestration, continuing resolutions and government shutdowns hit readiness hard. Maintenance was deferred, spare parts were short, and flying hours were limited. 

Exacerbating the situation were manpower woes — especially a shortage of Pilots.

ACC was still able to provide trained and Combat-Ready Forces to Combatant Commanders Worldwide, but it was a difficult time, Holmes said.

The Command has climbed back from the depths of the readiness trough, Holmes said, but it continues to face challenges. “As we go forward, we have taken efforts over the last couple of years to try to balance the tempo with the time it takes to build readiness and to have a place where our Airmen and their families can thrive, and not just survive,” he said. 

ACC Officials worked with the Joint Staff using the Global Force Management Process to address the limits and amount of Force the Command provides, the General said. “We’ve worked with our Units when they are home to provide more ‘white space’ on their calendars,” he added.

The Command is working to get to a 1-to-5 ratio or time spent on Deployments and Temporary Duty to time spent at Home Station. This allows airmen to reconnect with their families and also allows the Service to ensure Airmen get the training they need to move up the skill ladder.

“There are areas that I am concerned about; there are areas that are under more stress than others,” Holmes said. “A lot of those fall into the places where, because of the tempo, we’re required to do most of our training in Operational Missions.”

Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and the Rescue Enterprise are particularly concerning, the general said, and the stress really comes into play when unexpected operations such as the efforts in the Persian Gulf arise, he added.

In Honor of Our Nation’s 4th of July Birthday. Here is Some Great History of 2 of America’s Early Red, White and Blue Flags.🇺🇸

July 1, 2019

Description of First American Flag Above:

The Franklin & Adams United States Flags – October 9, 1778

The Genesis of the Early American Flag is something of a great mystery. Things were happening and all kinds of ‘Rebel’ Flags went a flying. It’s interesting to note Benjamin Franklin and John Adams’ description of the US Flag to a foreign dignitary. The letter describes the “Flag of the United States of America” and is dated to October 9, 1778.

(Dear King of the Two Sicilies)

“It  is with pleasure that we acquaint Your Excellency that the flag of the United States of America consists of 13 Stripes, alternately Red, White, and Blue; a Small Square in the upper angle, next to the Flag staff, is a Blue Field, with 13 White Stars, denoting a New Constellation. Some of the States have Vessels of War distinct from those of the United States…but the Flag of the United States, ordained by Congress, is the 13 Stripes and 13 Stars above described.”

(Signed) “B. Franklin” “John Adams”

Historical References and Credits

1. Fort Stanwyk, August 1777
2. Fort Mifflin, October 1777
3. Captured HMS Serapis September 23,, 1779.
5. Surrender at Yorktown 1781 by John Trumbull (painted 1787)

-Maddish, The Voice of Vexillology, Flags & Heraldry. Flag Day 2012 – The original Red, White and Blue. The Franklin & Adams Flag. – October 9, 1778. Second Picture, -Mort Kunstler’s, General George Washington, accepting British surrender at Yorktown.

Description of 2nd American Flag below:

This is the flag used on board the captured British ship “Serapis” on September 23, 1779, Captain John Paul Jones. This ship was captured following the famous sea battle between the “Serapis” and the “Bonhomme Richard” in which the latter’s flag staff was blown away; the British Captain asked if Jones had struck his colors; and Jones replied “Struck, Sir? I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight!” The “Bonhomme Richard” was so badly damaged that it sank with its colors flying. After putting into the Dutch port of Texel for refitting, the British authorities in the Netherlands demanded Jones be arrested as a pirate since he flew no known flag. The Dutch replied that they would consult their archives. Sometime between then and a few days later when they replied to the British that they had evidence in their files that the flag used on the “Serapis” was a recognized flag and that Jones would be allowed to refit, a painting of this flag (and that of the Alliance) was made. Besides the unconventional use of blue stripes as well as white and red, if you examine the painting closely you will see there are 12 eight pointed stars and one seven pointed star on the flag. It is also nearly square.
-Dave Martucci, 6 December 1997

Franklin, Adams and the Serapis Flag

In a letter dated October 9, 1778, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams described this flag to the Ambassador of the King of the Two Sicilies. It is the flag later known as the “Serapis” flag. While Benjamin Franklin was the U.S. ambassador to Paris in 1777, John Paul Jones was creating so much havoc on the high seas with his raids on the British Merchant Marine and coastal villages that the Admiralty issued orders to have him hung as a pirate if he could be captured. The reason given for the order was a legalistic one — he did not fly the flag of any recognized nation. While Ambassador Franklin pondered possible solutions to this problem, the Dutch Ambassador, acting for his government, asked for a description of the United States Flag. As far as Mr. Franklin knew, no national flag existed. Nevertheless, he gave his visitor a description of what we now call the “Franklin or Serapis Flag.” This description was sent to the Dutch Fleet, along with the orders that it be recognized on the high seas. Shortly afterwards, the Ambassador of the two Sicily’s came to call, making the same request. He also received a description of the flag, and forwarded similar orders to his country’s fleet. Mr. Franklin, then apparently, had the flag made and sent to Jones so that it could be flown at his ships’ masthead. By doing this, he could avoid being treated as a pirate by other countries. Thus the United States, through its Navy, was first given official recognition by foreign countries. Meanwhile a ship from the United States was on its way to Paris with a notice that a “Resolve” of Congress of June 14, 1777, had adopted the now familiar “Stars and Stripes.” No one knows who designed or made this flag for Mr. Franklin. The “Franklin Flag” that was given for foreign recognition before the first national flag was adopted was similar to the one we know today. Its colors are red, white and blue, and it had thirteen stripes and thirteen white eight-pointed stars on a blue background.
-Blas Delgado Ortiz, 27 July 2001

Serapis Flag (U.S.), Historical. By Rick Wyatt, January 1-21-2006, https://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/FLAGS/us-serap.html

New Logo for New Upcoming Website!🇺🇸

April 7, 2019

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