In1948 the NCO and Officer’s clubs offered opportunities to learn and practice military protocol. Meetings such as this one, sought to reduce the pressures of living within the structures of rank and of maintaining poise and a sense of purpose.
Every spouse is aware that even slight mistakes, such as not cutting one’s lawn, can effect an efficiency report. These women have made an effort to wear ‘just the right clothes’ and not make social mistakes. The ‘career ladder’ is on everyone’s minds and it effects where they are sent and how they live.
My Ft. Bliss POC phoned one morning in early December 2011, inviting me to their early January St. Barbara’s Day Ball. I explained I was committed to a function at Holloman Air Force Base that evening. He called back the following week, and said I really would like you to come to this ball. Again, I explained that I could not disappoint the Holloman AFB Officers Wives whose fund raising event was that evening.
He called back the next week and in a very no-nonsense voice said, “Millie, you must come to the St. Barbara’s Day Ball. I finally gave in, told him that I would wear my new black pantsuit. He quickly said, “Oh no, you must wear a long dress.” So, I drive to Albuquerque and paid $350. for a long dress — on sale. The evening of the event, my Command Sergeant Major friend picked me at the hotel on the base. My husband, Marvin, stayed in the hotel room, watching a football game.
CSM James Ross turns around from the front passenger seat, he had a driver, and said “Now Millie, here is what’s going to happen tonight—you are the Guest of Honor”. High-ranking officers were there from bases all across the USA and some from out of the country. The room holds 600, and it was packed. I was seated at the head table, next to General Dana Pittard, Ft. Bliss Commander, with a vacant chair next to me. After some preliminary programming, I was called to the stage where a visiting General Officer placed a red ribbon that held a large gold medallion around my neck, explained the significance of the Molly Pitcher Award (very little of it which I recall), and handed me a framed certificate that proclaimed me to be a woman who had earned this coveted honor.
I had never heard of Molly Pitcher and did not know the history of this award until I got home and googled Molly Pitcher. To this day, I’m not sure I’ve shown the appropriate gratitude for having been honored with such an esteemed award.
by Millie Woods
I was honored to have been invited to ride on the 82nd Airborne’s float in the El Paso Veterans Day Parade today, with WWII veterans and one Viet Nam veteran. I met a lot of patriotic Americans today. The spectators, several thousand, were very respectful, waving, saluting, and shouting “Thank you for your service”.
The first photo is a church group. The gent with the blackened face and the Captain in the back center are the group leaders, teaching these young men discipline, skills, etc., but they made it clear that their main thrust is spiritual. What a dynamite combination. I was particularly impressed with the young mens eye contact, acknowledgment, and recognition of most every adult whose path they crossed, stopping to shake hands with many. They are being given the right kind of training in preparation for becoming the American leaders of the future. Another group wore patches that read “Young Marines”. There was also a group of young men and women wearing Navy and Air Force uniforms, every one well behaved, a tribute to the uniform they were wearing. I have to tell you that I was very impressed with the involvement of young people, all marching in cadence like they had done it all their lives. It was a GREAT Veterans Day celebration.
2014 Downtown El Paso – Veterans Day Parade
By John Ceballos ·
Paratroopers of the Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc., were joined by Members of the “Royal Rangers, Outpost 62”: U. S. Congressman, Beto O’Rourke; El Paso County Judge, Veronica Escobar and Former City Representative (District 2), Susie Byrd, for the 2014 Edition of the Downtown El Paso, Texas, Veterans Day Parade! Also on hand: Marvin & Millie Woods from Alto, New Mexico!
by Millie Woods
Having become friends with the Vice Commander of the 49th Fighter Wing at Holloman AFB, Colonel Michael McGee, during the 2007 Christmas Electric Light Parade in Ruidoso, NM, and hearing that plane flying overhead in mid January, I emailed Col. McGee and asked “Michael, how will I know when to go out and wave if you are not going to honk your horn or waggle a wing?” His reply was “Millie, I can do better than that; I can do a rollover over your house.
Neighbors and friends in my church wanting to know when this would happen made me realize that such a feat was far too precious not to be shared with all.
Hence, the founding of Military Appreciation Warriors, a non-profit organization that gives honor and tribute to active duty troops and provides a place for military bases to showcase their equipment and the men and women who use that equipment in the defense of this great Nation.
MAW 2008 and MAW 2009 were sponsored by the United States Air Force , Lead Support bein Holloman Air Force Base and supported by all five military branches. MAW 2010 and MAW 2011 were sponsored by the United States Army, Fort Bliss as Lead Support and supported by all five branches. The United States Coast Guard sent a young coastguardsman from Rockland, Maine to represent that Branch in the presentation of the POW MIA Table.
Every MAW’s annual event ended with an awards banquet that honored POWs, wounded warriors, the oldest troop in attendance and recognized the winners of that year’s theme writing contest, teaching students the need for patriotism and respect for the American military uniform and the American flag.
Every awards banquet also included a POW MIA Table presentation that, without exception, brought tears to most in attendance. The finale of every MAW awards banquet was band’s rendition of Lee Greenwood’s Stand Up America, which put every one on his feet. After every MAW event, the troops retired to their complimentary lodging quarters.
The MAW mission statement and primary goal is to give honor and tribute to active duty troops, to give the hospitality of complimentary lodging, dining, golfing, horseback riding, skiing, etc. as Ruidoso and Greater Lincoln County’s way of expressing gratitude for the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform who, at one time, signed a blank check good for an amount up to and including their limbs and their very life. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allen Dale Olson…This is from his blog at HoosierWineCellar.com
At a reception last week to open a special exhibit sponsored by the Museum of the American Military Family, I was given two drinks tickets at the entrance. Except for soft drinks and water, the tickets were good only for a generous pour of a white or a red wine. Both, it turned out, were wines good enough to earn further investigation.
They were both from Sonoma-based Murphy-Goode who had donated them for the occasion. One was a 2012 Sauvignon Blanc –”The Fume,” the other a 2011 red wine blend called “Homefront.” The latter was of great interest to the gathering, and the curator of the event, “Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family,” explained that the wine was created to fulfill the Murphy-Goode belief in “giving back.” Part of the proceeds for each bottle sold goes to Operation Homefront, a winery nonprofit charity that provides financial assistance to the families of military service members and wounded warriors.
Though I have been aware of Murphy-Goode wines almost since the winery was established in the mid 1980s, I had never had opportunities to take a serious look at them. That has changed. The Fume could be a Loire wine, vibrant and rich, fruity and balanced. The red is pure California fruit, no tannic bitterness, long and pleasing finish, a fitting tribute to the Homefront. Both have a civilized alcoholic strength of 13.5%.
I have since learned that Operation Homefront has some 5,000 volunteers in 23 field offices around the country and that since its founding in 2002 it has provided more than $128 million to military families and Veterans in need.
Though the reception is over, the exhibit will be in place through August 31. If you’re traveling through Albuquerque, make a stop at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History to see “Sacrifice & Service” to learn more about military family life and how foundations like Operation Homefront also serve. At the winery, both wines cost about $15.00. As they say at the winery: “Give Goode. Do Goode.”
One comment on the wine blog read,
Kudos to the Museum of the American Military Family in Albuquerque! We attended the opening and thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits. The awareness shared on the effects of deployment on families and children touched us personally and we thank you for creating such a meaningful exhibit.
Additionally, I enjoyed the “Homefront” red blend served at the reception and agree with your description wholeheartedly. Murphy-Goode’s winery nonprofit charity, Operation Homefront, is a great community partnership focused on Veterans and their families. Murphy Goode did Goode! I’m checking out their website for future wine purchases.
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