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Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm

January 17, 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, the 42-day, US-led military operation set in motion by President George H.W. Bush to push Iraqi forces out of Kuwait, in response to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of the region the August prior. Learn more: https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/story/Article/1728715/desert-storm-a-look-back/ https://www.britannica.com/event/Persian-Gulf-War https://armyhistory.org/category/army-history-center/war-cat-92/ http://www.ndswm.org/

African American History Month

Explore the rich contributions and accomplishments of African Americans throughout U.S. Military history with these resources:https://armyhistory.org/category/african-american-history/https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/tuskegee-airmen-interview-daniel-haulmanhttps://www.militarytimes.com/military-honor/black-military-history/

Four Chaplains Day

@AmericanLegion

"In the early morning hours of 3 February 1943, First Sergeant Michael Warish nearly gave up hope as he floated helplessly in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. Just minutes earlier, he and the almost 900 others aboard the USAT Dorchester were near safe waters when a German torpedo slammed into the engine room. […]

USO Birthday

@the_USO

2021 marks the 80th Birthday of the United Service Organizations (USO). "Since 1941, the USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to […]

National Salute to Veteran Patients

"The week of February 14 each year is your opportunity to say thank you to a special group of men and women, the more than 9 million Veterans of the U.S. armed services who are cared for in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, outpatient clinics, domiciliaries, and nursing homes. During the National Salute, […]

U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Birthday

@USCGReserve

February 19, 2021 marks the 80th Birthday of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. "The Coast Guard Reserve was established by the passage of the Coast Guard reserve and Auxiliary Act of February 19, 1941. That act also established the Coast Guard Auxiliary under its present name (the Auxiliary had originally been called the Coast […]

76th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima

@USMC

February 19, 2021 marks the 76th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. “Located roughly half way between Saipan and Tokyo, and directly under the flight path of B-29 Superfortress bombers headed to Japan, the island of Iwo Jima was a Japanese stronghold of crucial strategic importance and could not be bypassed. Not only would […]

VFW Auxiliary Mid-Year Conference

@VFWHQ

"Join National President Sandi Onstwedder for the 2021 Mid-Year Conference February 19-25, 2021 in sunny Clearwater, Florida." https://vfwauxiliary.org/mid-year-conference/

Student Veterans of America National Conference

@studentvets

Student Veterans of America (SVA) is the premier organization leading service, research, programs, and advocacy for veterans in higher education. Its mission is to act as a catalyst for student veteran success by providing resources, network support and advocacy to, through, and beyond higher education. Learn more: https://studentveterans.org/programs-events/national-conference/

International Defense Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) 2021

"The International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) is the most strategically important tri-service defense exhibition in the world. With over 108,000 attendees from 142 countries and 1,250 exhibiting companies participating in 2019, IDEX continues to attract international defense industry decision-makers and key military personnel. IDEX and NAVDEX demonstrate the latest technology across land, sea and […]

Air Force Association’s 2021 Virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium

“After carefully considering the current and projected state of the COVID-19 pandemic, guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and feedback from prospective speakers, attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, Airmen, and Guardians, we determined that trying to hold an in-person event on this scale at our usual venue in Orlando, Fla., is not viable. Like […]

Anniversary of the End of the Gulf War

February 28, 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the End of the Gulf War. “On August 2, 1990, a force of one hundred thousand Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait and overran the country in a matter of hours. The invasion of Kuwait led to a United Nations Security Council embargo and sanctions on Iraq and a […]

Brain Injury Awareness Month

@biaamerica

“The Department of Defense and the Military Health System recognizes March each year as Brain Injury Awareness Month to increase awareness of traumatic brain injuries, and the Department’s efforts to improve its ability to identify, care for, and treat service members and veterans who are affected by TBI.” https://health.mil/News/Articles/2020/03/02/Brain-Injury-Awareness-Month-raises-awareness-of-TBI-in-the-military Learn more: https://dod.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/0316_tbi https://www.brainline.org/military-veterans

Women’s History Month

“Women have served in the military since the founding of the Republic. From the story of Molly Pitcher, who served with the Continental Army during the Revolution, to the women serving today, America’s military women have long demonstrated courage, patriotism and leadership. ”https://womensmemorial.org/index.php/about/

U.S. Navy Reserve Birthday

@navy_reserve

March 3, 2021 marks the 106th Birthday of the United States Navy Reserve. Learn more: https://allhands.navy.mil/Stories/Display-Story/Article/1840644/history-of-the-navy-reserve/

Navy Seabee Birthday

@SeabeeMuseum

March 5, 2021 marks the 79th Birthday of the Navy Seabees. Learn more: https://usnhistory.navylive.dodlive.mil/2017/03/03/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-your-seabees/ https://americangimuseum.org/seabee-birthday/

K9 Veterans Day

"Service members have relied on canine comrades since the beginning of organized warfare, but it wasn’t until March 13, 1942, when the United States Army began training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps” that they became a critical part of the armed forces." https://americanhumane.org/press-release/national-k9-veterans-day-on-march-13-honors-americas-military-dogs/

American Legion Birthday

@AmericanLegion

March 15, 2021 marks the 101st Birthday of the American Legion. "March 15, the designated birthday of The American Legion, is the day in 1919 when the first American Legion caucus, held by members of the American Expeditionary Force, convened in Paris. Much as the birthday of the United States is celebrated on July 4 […]

AUSA Global Force Next

AUSA Global Force Next is a three-day virtual event focusing on Army modernization efforts and the Army Futures Command’s eight Cross Functional Teams (CFTs): Long Range Precision Fires, Next Generation Combat Vehicles, Future Vertical Lift, Air & Missile Defense, Army Network, Assured Position, Navigation and Timing, Soldier Lethality and Synthetic Training Environment.Learn more:https://www.ausa.org/events/global-force-next

Anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom

March 20, 2021 marks the 17th Anniversary of the Start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. “In March 2003, U.S. forces invaded Iraq vowing to destroy Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and end the dictatorial rule of Saddam Hussein.”https://www.cfr.org/timeline/iraq-warLearn more:https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/middle-east/operation-iraqi-freedom.html

National Rosie the Riveter Day

"'National Rosie the Riveter Day' is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the 16 million women working during World War II."https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/237/textLearn more:https://rosietheriveter.net/make-march-21st-national-rosie-the-riveter-day/

National Medal of Honor Day

"The United States Congress has designated March 25th of each year as National Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. The date of March 25th was chosen to highlight this special day because it was on March 25, 1863, that the first Medals of Honor were presented." https://homeofheroes.com/national-medal-of-honor-day/Learn more:https://mohmuseum.org/momentofhonor/

Vietnam Veterans Day

@VVAmerica

2020 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. We remember 9 million American servicemembers who answered the call to duty. “Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home […]

Military Saves Month

@MilitarySaves

"Military Saves, a component of America Saves, and a participant in the Department of Defense Financial Readiness Network seeks to motivate, support, and encourage the entire military community to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth. Military Saves encourages the entire military community to take the Military Saves pledge and for organizations to promote savings […]

Month of the Military Child

“April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make […]

Gold Star Spouses Day

“Gold star families – spouses, children, parents, siblings or others whose loved one died in service to our nation – are a vital part of our country’s military community and history.”https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/gold-star-surviving-family/support-after-loss/honoring-gold-star-families/Learn more:https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/story/Article/2246026/understanding-the-significance-of-the-gold-star/

Anniversary of America’s Entry into WWI

April 6, 2021 marks the 103rd Anniversary of the United States' Entry into World War I."Congress declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, formally bringing the United States into World War I, a conflict that had been ongoing for nearly three years. When the war began in 1914—pitting the Allied powers of France, Great […]

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

“On April 9th, National Former POW Recognition Day, we remember the American men and women held captive during war.” http://www.nww2m.com/2016/04/national-former-pow-recognition-day/ 

160th Anniversary of the Civil War

April 12, 2021 marks the 160th Anniversary of the Start of the Civil War.“At 4:30 a.m. on April 12, 1861, Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor. Less than 34 hours later, Union forces surrendered. Traditionally, this event has been used to mark the beginning of the Civil War.”https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/Civil_War_Begins.htmLearn more:https://armyhistory.org/category/army-history-center/war-cat-4/

Air Force Reserve Birthday

@USAFReserve

April 14, 2021 marks the 73rd Birthday of the United States Air Force Reserve. “The Air Force Reserve was created as a separate component on April 14, 1948, when the Army Air Corps Reserve was transferred to the Air Force. The Air Force Reserve lineage dates back over 100 years to when Reserve Airpower was […]

Purple Up! Day

Throughout the Month of the Military Child, DoDEA encourages schools and communities to plan special events to honor military children. Wearing purple is a visible way for everyone to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices.Learn more:https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2150236/month-of-the-military-child-2020-purple-up-day/https://download.militaryonesource.mil/12038/MOS/Factsheets/FactSheet-MonthOfTheMilitaryChild.pdf

U.S. Army Reserve Birthday

@USArmyReserve

April 23, 2021 marks the 113th Birthday of the United States Army Reserve. "What began in 1908 as a small corps of medical professionals held in readiness for duty is today the Army’s global operational reserve force, with a presence in all 50 states, five U.S. Territories and 20 Time Zones across the globe." https://www.usar.army.mil/ArmyReserveBirthday/

Anniversary of the Mexican-American War

April 25, 2021 marks the 175th Anniversary of the Mexican-American War.Learn more:https://history.state.gov/milestones/1830-1860/texas-annexationhttps://www.history.com/topics/mexican-american-war/mexican-american-war

National Military Brats Day

"Military Brats, Inc. founded Military Brats Day in 2016 to recognize present and former children of military personnel, and their dedication and sacrifice in the service of this country."http://militarybratsinc.org/national-military-brats-day-initiative/Learn more: https://www.vehiclesforveterans.org/blog/what-is-military-brats-day-2017/

Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War

April 30, 2021 marks the 46th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War. Learn more: https://www.vvmf.org/ https://armyhistory.org/category/army-history-center/war-cat-91/ https://www.usmcu.edu/Research/Marine-Corps-History-Division/Research-Tools-Facts-and-Figures/Chronologies-of-the-Marine-Corps/Vietnam-War-1962-1975/ https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/wars-and-events/vietnam-war/vietnam-war0.html https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/United_States_Airforce_in_Vietnam.pdf

Month of the Military Caregiver

@DoleFoundation

The Month of the Military Caregiver is observed each May to honor more than five million military caregivers in the U.S. Learn more: https://www.elizabethdolefoundation.org/ 

Military Appreciation Month

"Officially designated by Congress in 1999, Military Appreciation Month takes place every year throughout the entire month of May. Every year, the president issues an annual proclamation reminding Americans to celebrate this patriotic month that pays tribute to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom." https://www.uso.org/stories/2699-what-is-military-appreciation-month

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

"The observance of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is an occasion to remember the patriotism of AAPIs who have served, or are currently serving, in the Department of Defense (DOD), our nation and, specifically, here at the DoD Education Activity (DoDEA). May was chosen as the observance month to commemorate the arrival of […]

Silver Star Service Banner Day

Follow the link below for information on Silver Star Service Banner Day and the Silver Star Medal, recipients of which are celebrated on May 1st each year: http://www.silverstarfamilies.org/

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

"Military Spouse Appreciation Day is a day we honor the contributions and sacrifices made by military spouses. The support and commitment they provide helps keep our country safe. Military spouses serve as the backbone of the families who support our troops during deployments, missions, and reintegration and reset. These spouses are the silent heroes who […]

Victory in Europe Day

May 8, 2021 marks the 76th Anniversary of the End of World War II in Europe, also known as Victory in Europe Day (or V-E Day).Learn more: https://www.defense.gov/Experience/VE-Day/https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/victory-in-europe

Anniversary of the End of the Civil War

May 9, 2021 marks the 156th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War.Learn more:https://www.battlefields.org/learn/galleries/end-civil-war-detailhttps://armyhistory.org/category/army-history-center/war-cat-4/

Children of Fallen Patriots Day

@fallenpatriots

"To salute the sacrifice of military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty, May 13 has officially been proclaimed Children of Fallen Patriots Day. This date shows appreciation for the young people whose lives were forever changed in support of their parents’ service to our country. Too often, this tremendous sacrifice […]

Armed Forces Day

@ArmedForcesDay

"This holiday pays tribute to men and women who serve across all six branches in the United States military." https://www.govinfo.gov/features/armed-forces-day Learn more: https://www.uso.org/stories/2225-when-is-armed-forces-day

Memorial Day

"Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America." https://www.usmemorialday.org/history-of-memorial-day Learn more: https://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

PTSD Awareness Month

"The goal of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month is to encourage the public to be aware of the symptoms and causes of PTSD, as well as advance the discussion about the need for better diagnosis, treatment, and care for those suffering from the effects of trauma." https://www.cohenveteransbioscience.org/2020/06/01/ptsd-awareness-month-2020/ Learn more: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/awareness/index.asp

D-Day

“June 6, 2021 marks the 77th Anniversary of D-Day, when American, British and Canadian forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, in the largest land, air and sea operation to every have taken place.” https://www.dday.org/overview/ Learn more: https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/topics/d-day https://www.army.mil/d-day/history.html https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/wars-and-events/world-war-ii/d-day.html https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/1789416/operation-overlord-d-day/ https://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2014/06/5-facts-you-may-not-know-about-the-coast-guard-at-normandy/

Midway Night

The Midway Night celebration, held annually on June 6, has not yet been announced for 2021. Please check the Battle of Midway Celebration website (link below) for updates as they become available. "For over 16 years, victory at the Battle of Midway has been celebrated on the battle's anniversary with a formal dinner in Washington, […]

Women Veterans Day

Women have served in the military since the founding of the Republic. From the story of Molly Pitcher, who served with the Continental Army during the Revolution, to the women serving today, America’s military women have long demonstrated courage, patriotism and leadership.  Women Veterans Day was first celebrated in June of 2018. Learn more: https://womensmemorial.org/

U.S. Army Birthday

@USArmy

June 14, 2021 marks the 246th Birthday of the United States Army. Learn more: https://history.army.mil/html/faq/birth.html https://armyhistory.org/army-history-center/ https://www.thenmusa.org/

Flag Day

"In 1893, the Society of Colonial Dames succeeded in getting a resolution passed to have the flag displayed on all of the city’s public buildings. Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, a direct descendant of Benjamin Franklin and the president of the Colonial Dames of Pennsylvania, that same year tried to get the city to call June 14 […]

National Veterans Golden Age Games

@DeptVetAffairs

"The National Veterans Golden Age Games is the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States, and the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition program designed to improve the quality of life for all older Veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. The National Veterans Golden Age Games […]

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday

@USCGAux

June 23, 2021 marks the 82nd Birthday of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. "When the Coast Guard "Reserve" was authorized by act of Congress on June 23, 1939, the Coast Guard was given a legislative mandate to use civilian volunteers to promote safety on and over the high seas and the nation's navigable waters. […]

Anniversary of the Korean War

June 25, 2021 marks the 71st Anniversary of the Start of the Korean War. “After five years of simmering tensions on the Korean peninsula, the Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when the Northern Korean People’s Army invaded South Korea in a coordinated general attack at several strategic points along the 38th parallel, the […]

Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift

June 26, 2021 marks the 73rd Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, an allied humanitarian aid response to the Soviet Union’s land and sea blockade of West Germany at the end of WWII, and which led to the organization of NATO.  Learn more: https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Inside-DOD/Blog/Article/2062719/the-berlin-airlift-what-it-was-its-importance-in-the-cold-war/ https://www.nato.int/cps/fr/natohq/declassified_156163.htm 

National PTSD Awareness Day

"Many people across the globe suffer silently with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). In an effort to educate the public and help those affected, June 27 has been named PTSD Awareness Day." https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2020/ptsd-awareness-day-talking-about-a-silent-disorder.html Learn more: https://www.apa.org/topics/ptsd/ptsd-awareness https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/awareness/index.asp

Independence Day

"Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire but now the United States of America." https://www.govinfo.gov/features/independence-day Learn more: https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/july-04/

Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary 2021 National Convention

@DAVAuxiliary

DAV’s 2021 101st National Convention will be held in Reno, Nevada. “DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.” https://www.dav.org/learn-more/about-dav/ Learn more: https://www.dav.org/events/

National Hire a Veteran Day

Follow the links below for resources about hiring veterans and how National Hire a Veteran Day came about:https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/50758/july-25-national-hire-veteran-day/ https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/hire https://blog.dol.gov/2020/07/24/dol-salutes-national-hire-a-veteran-day

National Buffalo Soldiers Day

"Buffalo Soldiers Day on July 28 commemorates the formation of the first regular Army regiments comprised of African American soldiers on September 21, 1866, seventeen months after the end of the Civil War. Established by Congress, these regiments were the first peacetime, all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army." https://nationalvmm.org/buffalo-soldiers-day-july-28/Learn more:https://www.nps.gov/subjects/buffalosoldiers/index.htm

U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Anniversary

July 29, 2021 marks the 246th Birthday of the United States Army Chaplain Corps."The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps is one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army. The Chaplain Corps dates back to 29 July 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized one chaplain for each regiment of the Continental Army, with pay equaling […]