In December 1967, shortly after turning 27 years old, I volunteered to serve in South Vietnam. The country was at war and I wanted to take part. Young soldiers returning from Vietnam wearing patches, metals badges and ribbons on their uniform manifested the prestige of their status as combat veterans. As an upper level . . . → Read More: Vietnam: Tasking Convoy Escorts
[More than] Fifty years ago, on July 26, 1948 President Harry Truman issued Executive Order 9981. The order brought an end to racial segregation within the ranks of the United States military forces. The written document contained six paragraphs with less than 250 words.
Executive Order 9981 addressed four areas: First, it declared the . . . → Read More: Military has been Desegregation Model
Six years ago, historians, Wesley Phillips Newton and Jerome A. Ennels, proposed a series of articles on the history of Maxwell Air Force Base to the Advertiser. The series that began in 1992, ended on October 8 1997 at a book signing and reception for the authors of “The Wisdom of Eagles: A History . . . → Read More: Maxwell Book Wins Plaudits
By Major W. Cox
In an attempt to better understand the current emotional debate over homosexuals in the military, let’s take a moment to examine our ideological roots. The formative influences of Western civilization in the areas of morality and behavior stem from the Ancient Greeks and Jews. The Greeks gave us . . . → Read More: Wrong Criterion, Judge on Performance, Not Sexual Preference
The Confederate battle flag flew over Alabama’s capitol from 1963 until a few years ago when the state began a major restoration of that historic structure. Governor Guy Hunt has stated that he will order the Confederate battle flag returned to the capitol dome when the capitol reopens in December 1992. The governor’s decision . . . → Read More: Flag Represents Bad Policy Waving From State Rooftop