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Operation Honor Guard Established by SupportOurTroops.Org to Protect Military Funerals Against Protestors

honor-guard-220SupportOurTroops.Org Upholds the Honor and Dignity of Fallen Soldiers and Families at Military Funerals March 4, 2011- This past Tuesday, March 2, 2011, the Supreme Court in Snyder v. Phelps, et al, 562 U.S. ___ (2011), ruled that the First Amendment protects the right of ne'er-do-wells to visibly and audibly protest in the face of family members at the funerals of their beloved sons and daughters who have recently died in military service to us and our country. "Fortunately," says Martin C. Boire, Chairman of Support Our Troops, Inc." the First Amendment also guarantees we are free to speak in a positive manner at military funerals -- free to show our respect, our love and our gratitude for what has been done for us."

And so through Operation Honor Guard good Americans will be able to guard the honor and dignity of the ceremony in a positive, pleasant, memorable non-confrontational, manner. The moral equation is quite simple, Mr. Boire continued, "these brave men watched out for us and our families, and we will now look out for them and their families. The youths whom a soldier has protected, will now see him safely off." "In honor of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, and all those like him whose sacrifice has been so disrespected, and in support of the valiant battle that his parents fought on behalf of Matthew and his fellows, Support Our Troops® has created Operation Honor Guard™", said Bruce Jonas, Vice President of SupportOurTroops.Org. Put more succinctly, to the guard the honor and dignity of the funeral ceremony, youths whom this soldier has protected, will now help see him safely off in proper and positive manner. In this program, SupportOurTroops.Org will arrange, and if need be fund, the expenses of local high school bands to line the roadside in full uniform and formation, each member with a small American flag on their band hat, softly playing wonderful traditional American songs as the family arrives for the funeral, as well as during the proceedings and the departure. SupportOurTroops.Org will also arrange for the necessary permits and all necessary instructions for the band. Just as these fallen soldiers have sacrificed to guard and protect us and our families, awesome American youths with the wisdom to appreciate that can now under the auspices of SupportOurTroops.Org stand in the gap to honor and guard the dignity of the funeral ceremony by protecting the family from interruption and pain, while honoring the memory of the lost soldier. This is especially important due to the undesirables who, acting for their own personal gain, have shamelessly and selfishly sought to intrude upon a painfully private and tender moment meant only for family and friends. Operation Honor Guard™ is meant to insulate the family, to whom America owes so much for what they have given, from any undue and unwarranted negative distractions caused by unwelcome visitors during such a personal moment. As Mr. Boire puts it, "They don't need a confrontation. They don't need a circus. They need the positive support like this will afford." It assures that what these families mostly see, and in the background softly hear throughout the ceremony, are Americans who appreciate and respect them and their lost loved one. They will recall positive images, and positive pleasant songs such as God Bless America, The National Anthem, America the Beautiful, Battle Hymn of the Republic, This Land is Your Land, and other appropriate religious, American, and patriotic songs. Operation Honor Guard™ assures that the proper dignity, respect and gratitude are given to fallen American soldiers and their families during military funerals for current active duty troops. About Support Our Troops® SupportOurTroops.Org is the charity through which we Americans bolster the morale and well-being of our active duty troops and their families by highly effective programs that deliver millions of dollars a year in care packs and food treats to the front lines, positive public support at home, kids' camp assistance, and more. Support Our Troops® ships morale and well-being to the troops worldwide. SupportOurTroops.Org, helps citizens and businesses find constructive ways to bolster the morale and well-being of our American troops, delivers more than $7 million per year in care goods and requested items to the front lines, positive support at home, kids' camp assistance and more. It encourages all Americans to find a way to show their support for our soldiers. So get involved! Simply visit SupportOurTroops.Org and choose from a variety of programs and initiatives. You can cut coupons for military families, buy an SOT t-shirt or duffel, switch your car to a specialty SOT license plate, send a thank you letter or help with care packages. There are highly effective programs for everyone so don't delay. Interested Good Americans can stand together with Support Our Troops® by funding programs like this by visiting www.SupportOurTroops.Org and making a donation.

They Support Us, Let's Support Them!™

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Troopons™ Get a Great Thank-You from U.S. Troops and Families in Japan.

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Soldier Sets High Standards for "Free Time"

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Nichole Bonham Special to American Forces Press Service CAMP LIBERY, Iraq, Jan. 6, 2009 An old Army ad campaign declared, "We do more by 9 a.m. then most people do all day." A prime example of that striving-for-excellence attitude can be found in Army Sgt. Timmothy Boyd. Boyd, a Dallas native who's serving a tour in Multinational Division Baghdad with the 4th Infantry Division's Company B, Special Troops Battalion, has developed a reputation for exceeding expectations. Soldier sets high standards for free time Army Sgt. Timmothy Boyd used his free time in Iraq to earn a bachelor's degree, create a Web site for his unit, help his comrades with their personal computer problems, and create a database to improve work flow. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shana Henline[/caption] While working in the systems communications section, he used his free time to develop a unit Web site where spouses back home could interact with their deployed soldier. He regularly offers his knowledge of computers on his own time to help friends and co-workers with hardware or software problems they're having with their personal computers. Not that Boyd has a lot of free time. In fact, he may have less than most. With the assistance and support of his unit, Boyd recently completed his bachelor's degree in computer science.While working in the systems communications section, he used his free time to develop a unit Web site where spouses back home could interact with their deployed soldier. He regularly offers his knowledge of computers on his own time to help friends and co-workers with hardware or software problems they're having with their personal computers. "He promised me if I kept him on night shift that he would complete [his bachelor's degree], and I was so proud when he did complete it," Army Staff Sgt. Marlene Noel, Boyd's supervisor, said. "It was a lot of work, but instead of watching movies during the free time, you know, you just had to do some homework," Boyd said of completing his degree. "So it took a little bit of sacrifice, but I was able to get it done." He is now working toward his master's degree in computer science. And the story doesn't end here. Boyd's latest assignment is with the division's new prosecution task force, which develops arrest warrants for approval by Iraqi judges in accordance with the new U.S.-Iraq security agreement. His job as an intelligence analyst is to comb through intelligence reports all day long looking for evidence to use in putting together a warrant. He helps his partner, a law enforcement professional, develop interview questions for detainees based on the evidence he finds in the reports and puts together the warrant packets that are presented to Iraqi judges. When Boyd came to the section, he improved procedures for cross-referencing files in current warrants, using his free time and civilian-acquired computer programming skills to create a database to manage all the information the section processes. "He took a very basic [system] that was there and turned it into what's essentially become the standard for the other divisions here in Iraq," Army Maj. Kevin Admiral, chief of the task force, said. "I think he's definitely set a great example for all noncommissioned officers and soldiers here in Baghdad. He definitely knows how to manage his time." Boyd also has worked with Multinational Corps Iraq to help develop the Combined Information Data Network Exchange database for warrants so that the new system maintains some of the same functionality he developed in his own program. Boyd's enlistment will end after this deployment, and he said he plans on becoming "Mr. Boyd" and finding a job in the computer science career field. But he doesn't rule out ever bringing those skills back to the military. "It's always a possibility," he said. (Army Sgt. 1st Class Nichole Bonham serves in the Multinational Division Baghdad public affairs office.)

Veterans' Reflections: Third-Generation Sailor Recalls Service

[caption id="attachment_4402" align="alignleft" width="300"]ThirdGenerationSailor11252010 Former Navy officer John Gainer, bottom row center, poses for a photo with several signalmen assigned to the communications division aboard the USS John L. Hall. Gainer said it was a great honor to have served fellow Americans. Courtesy photo[/caption] WASHINGTON – As a third-generation Navy man, John Gainer knew what kind of commitment and dedication it would take when he accepted a commission in 1992.
“Service to our country is one of the most important things you can do as a citizen of the United States,” he said. “It’s one thing my father taught me, and his father had taught him. It was something that was taught to us through our family -- that service and dedication to the cause of freedom is something to be upheld.”While he was serving aboard a ship in the Persian Gulf following Operation Desert Shield, Gainer said, he was reminded almost daily of that dedication to service as he oversaw maritime intercept missions. He and his crew were a part of the Mideast Force’s naval blockade in 1994. If an incoming ship was thought to have cargo violating United Nations sanctions on Iraq, it was up to them to go through the ship’s hold to find it.Gainer said some of his most vivid memories come from long days and nights, watching his crew dig through boxes and crates searching for contraband. “Sometimes we would spend eight, 10, 12 hours out on a ship, going through crates and boxes, making sure there was nothing illegal being transported to Iraq,” he said. “Their dedication to that mission was most impressive to me.” But the best glimpse into Gainer’s own dedication to his country comes in his humility about it. While some brag and boast of the great things they did while in uniform, Gainer said he was just happy to be able to work for the nation and, as he put it, “the cause of freedom.” “I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to serve -- to serve the American people and to defend the Constitution of the United States,” he said. (“Veterans’ Reflections” is a collection of stories of men and women who served their country in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and the present-day conflicts. They will be posted throughout November in honor of Veterans Day.) Nov. 25, 2010: By Ian Graham- Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity
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Deployed Airmen Celebrate Thanksgiving Downrange

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, AFGHANISTAN, November 23, 2016 - Members of the 455th Expeditionary Medical Group decorated a table for Thanksgiving with placemats sent in care packages Nov. 24, 2016 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Decorations, cards and gifts sent in care packages help brighten the holidays for deployed service members.

Thanksgiving 2016 - Deployed Airmen Celebrate Thanksgiving Downrange Photo by Senior Airman Daniel Lasal


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