Celebrate Military Children Essay Contest

Did you know that the second Sunday in June is children’s day? According to nationaldaycalendar.com, “The second Sunday in June is known as National Children’s Day in the United States. A day to honor the children in our lives, National Children’s Day is a time to slow down our fast-paced lives, turn off the tech and refocus on the important things.”

NO-NOTICE ESSAY CONTEST!!! Write a short essay about your wonderful (still small or grown up) military child…First five entries will get a Patch from Brat Seal!!!! We will post the stories on our blogs and FB—we will have a nice goodie box for first prize.

Ready, set go! All submissions to us NLT June 13!!!

Email: militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net


Presidential Travel

General Smith tapped me on the shoulder and pointed out the window. Two Spanish fighter jets had come along side our U.S. Army executive jet, and I could see a couple more outside his window across the aisle. It was the spring of 1985, and we were headed for a USEUCOM meeting at 17th Air Force Headquarters on Torrejon Air Base near Madrid.

It had been a quiet flight from the Army Air Base at HqUSAREUR in Heidelberg, so I had been dozing most of the way, as had my boss sitting nearby. We were the only passengers, so had run out of conversation long before we reached the Pyrenees.

General Smith had been informed by the pilot that the Spanish military was conducting a state ceremony rehearsal and had given permission for the jets to practice their escort duties. When we taxied to a stop on the runway at Torrejon, a contingent of military personnel rolled a red carpet to our gangplank and an honor guard flying U.S. and Spanish colors led by a distinguished civilian and a Spanish general out to greet us. They and General Smith exchanged salutes and handshakes, and together the two generals and I, with a Spanish civilian escort, trooped the line of a battalion of infantry soldiers, then paused for a twenty-one howitzer salute and the playing of two national anthems by a military band.

Back at the tarmac, two U.S. State Department limousines drove from behind the line to where we awaited them. A senior member of the U.S. Embassy staff stepped smartly out of the lead car and opened the doors for us to board. He joined us , and the other car followed us to the Air Force Headquarters building. All along the way, I could see security guards – Spanish, American, and civilian. American flags were flying at nearly every intersection.

Four days later, this whole ceremony would be repeated, this time in full-dress uniform and top hat, because President Reagan was making a state visit to Madrid, and Ike and I just happened to be a convenient air-borne arrival to serve as a live rehearsal cast.

Needless to say, for our trip back to the tarmac next afternoon, we rode in an Air Force sedan with a driver, courtesy of the Torrejon Base Commander.  But we both enjoyed our taste of what it’s like to arrive in Presidential style.

–Allen Dale Olson

 


AT EASE: Author Kathleen M. Rodgers

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-iz35r-de4c56

“I’ve built an entire writing career out of struggle.” –Kathleen M. Rodgers.                                                                                                     “Whenever the world makes you cynical, look to a veteran.” President Obama 11.11.19

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Kathleen’s website: www.kathleenmrodgers.com,Twitter: https://twitter.com/KathleenMRodger FB author page:

https://www.facebook.com/KathleenMRodgersAuthor/  Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/kathleenmrodgers/

 This podcast is brought to you by the Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center. We are located in Tijeras, NM just east of Albuquerque. We collect stories in a variety of formats. Check us out, and if you’re interested, send us a story…or two…or three! We will accept short video or audio files, as well as written posts for our blogs. Query us or send a written story to: mamfwriter@gmail.com

Audio Podcasts: Together We Serve: “Service” stories from Brats, Vets, Spouses & Others, Schooling With Uncle Sam: Teachers & Students talk about their DOD school stories, America Remembers ‘Nam: Veterans and their families share their thoughts on Vietnam, Brat Time Stories: Can’t sleep? Check out our middle-of-the-night bedtime stories, written by, about and for the insomniac Brat

Video Podcasts:  One Takes: Like the name implies, people share their stories in a short, unedited format, Kitchen Table Convos: The best conversations happen around the kitchen table,  At Ease!  Arts, Entertainment, Literature & Travel-there’s a little something for everyone…Our Blogs:

At Ease: Books & More for Brats and their families, We Served Too, Passports & Pedagogy: Schooling with Uncle Sam; The American Military Family

Letters Home, America Remembers ‘Nam, MAMF Projects


PORTRAITS IN A PANDEMIC: Circe Olson Woessner

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-jfmnq-ddef74

This is the second part of  the Portraits in a Pandemic workshop.This podcast is brought to you by the Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center through a grant from NM Arts as part of a series of workshops, town halls and exhibits in our addiction/recovery series.  

Materials Needed: Watercolor paper and water color paints and any combination of: markers, colored pencils, tempera, ink, “puff” paint, stickers, magazine letters, glue sticks or glue or anything else you want…

 Elements to incorporate into your portrait:

  • Title of a favorite book
  • An expression you use a lot
  • A line from a favorite poem or scripture
  • Things you love: people, animals, places
  • A flower
  • Something which brings you peace & contentment

 Something that symbolizes:

  • Where you live now
  • Where is “home”
  • A favorite animal or your spirit guide
  • Your heritage
  • Your roles
  • Who you really are
  • A challenge you have overcome
  • Your talent(s)

Colors to include in your portrait:

  • Red-Security (I am)
  • Orange-Creativity (I feel)
  • Yellow-Confidence (I do)
  • Green-Love/compassion (I love)
  • Blue-Communication(I talk)
  • Indigo-Intuition/imagination (I see)
  • Purple- Interconnection/spirituality(I understand)

 


PORTRAITS IN A PANDEMIC: Circe Olson Woessner

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-6mzs6-ddeaa0

Join Circe Olson Woessner for part one of her [Self] Portraits in a Pandemic workshop. This podcast is brought to you by the Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center through a grant from NM Arts as part of a series of workshops, town halls and exhibits in our addiction/recovery series.

“Self” Portraits Materials Needed: Watercolor paper and water color paints and any combination of: markers, colored pencils, tempera, ink, “puff” paint, stickers, magazine letters, glue sticks or glue or anything else you want…

Elements to incorporate into your portrait:

  • Title of a favorite book
  • An expression you use a lot
  • A line from a favorite poem or scripture
  • Things you love: people, animals, places
  • A flower
  • Something which brings you peace & contentment

 Something that symbolizes:

  • Where you live now
  • Where is “home”
  • A favorite animal or your spirit guide
  • Your heritage
  • Your roles
  • Who you really are
  • A challenge you have overcome
  • Your talent(s)

 Colors to include in your portrait:

  • Red-Security (I am)
  • Orange-Creativity (I feel)
  • Yellow-Confidence (I do)
  • Green-Love/compassion (I love)
  • Blue-Communication(I talk)
  • Indigo-Intuition/imagination (I see)
  • Purple- Interconnection/spirituality(I understand)

RADIO SHOWS: KXNM SPOTLIGHT: Circe Olson Woessner

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-dw8zu-dd62b8

This is a 2019 broadcast of an interview conducted by KXNM’s Gail Rossi with MAMF Director Circe Olson Woessner. The radio station is located in McIntosh, NM. 

This podcast is brought to you by the Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center. We are located in Tijeras, NM just east of Albuquerque. We collect stories in a variety of formats. Check us out, and if you’re interested, send us a story…or two…or three! We will accept short video or audio files, as well as written posts for our blogs. Query us or send a written story to: mamfwriter@gmail.com

Audio Podcasts: Together We Serve: “Service” stories from Brats, Vets, Spouses & Others, Schooling With Uncle Sam: Teachers & Students talk about their DOD school stories, America Remembers ‘Nam: Veterans and their families share their thoughts on Vietnam, Brat Time Stories: Can’t sleep? Check out our middle-of-the-night bedtime stories, written by, about and for the insomniac Brat

Video Podcasts:  One Takes: Like the name implies, people share their stories in a short, unedited format, Kitchen Table Convos: The best conversations happen around the kitchen table,  At Ease!  Arts, Entertainment, Literature & Travel-there’s a little something for everyone…Our Blogs:

At Ease: Books & More for Brats and their families, We Served Too

Passports & Pedagogy: Schooling with Uncle Sam; The American Military Family

Letters Home, America Remembers ‘Nam, MAMF Projects

 


PORTRAITS IN A PANDEMIC: Circe Olson Woessner

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-rnxxc-ddddc4

In this introduction to the self-portrait workshop, MAMF Director Circe Olson Woessner introduces the concept and discusses the materials needed for the class. This podcast is brought to you by the Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center through a grant from NM Arts as part of a series of workshops, town halls and exhibits in our addiction/recovery series.

“Self” Portraits Materials Needed:

Watercolor paper and water color paints and any combination of: markers, colored pencils, tempera, ink, “puff” paint, stickers, magazine letters, glue sticks or glue or anything else you want…

 Elements to incorporate into your portrait:

  • Title of a favorite book
  • An expression you use a lot
  • A line from a favorite poem or scripture
  • Things you love: people, animals, places
  • A flower
  • Something which brings you peace & contentment

 Something that symbolizes:

  • Where you live now
  • Where is “home”
  • A favorite animal or your spirit guide
  • Your heritage
  • Your roles
  • Who you really are
  • A challenge you have overcome
  • Your talent(s)

Colors to include in your portrait:

  •  Red-Security (I am)
  • Orange-Creativity (I feel)
  • Yellow-Confidence (I do)
  • Green-Love/compassion (I love)
  • Blue-Communication(I talk)
  • Indigo-Intuition/imagination (I see)
  • Purple- Interconnection/spirituality(I understand)