- Del Frisco’s Run with the Soldiers 5k SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014 – SOUTHLAKE, TX October 23, 2014
Proceeds from the ‘Del Frisco’s Run with Soldiers 5K’ will be given to Operation Once in a Lifetime, to help grant troops and their families once in lifetime experiences.
Operation Once in a Lifetime is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization created to make the dreams of our troops come true. They grant requests, wishes, and needs from all soldiers for various causes; wounded, unwounded, deployed, non-deployed, all ranks and all branches of the United States Armed Forces, you serve, you qualify. We encourage you to visit their website to learn more about our race partner. LEARN MORE ABOUT OPERATION ONCE IN A LIFETIME.
RACE LOCATION: Bicentennial Park – 450 W Southlake Blvd, Southlake, TX 76092
RACE DAY SCHEDULE:
- 7:30 AM Packet Pick-up / Late Registration
- 8:30 AM 1M Kid Fun Run
- 8:00 AM Cadence Class
- 9:00 AM 5k
- 10:15 AM Awards Ceremony
RACE FEES & OPTIONS:
- $30 – Adult Timed 5K + Race T-Shirt
- $30 – Sponsor a Soldier to Run – Adult Timed 5K
- $20 – Kid 1K + Race T-Shirt
OR…RUN CADENCE WITH A MILITARY BRANCH:
You have the option to show your support by running Cadence with the Military Branch of your choice! We will have various service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, & Marines leading cadence in a formation run.
- $40 – Run Cadence with Branch of Military + Branch specific T-Shirt
You will have the opportunity to select one of the following branches:
- Air Force
Early packet pick-up will be held at Luke’s Locker in Colleyville (5505 Colleyville Blvd, Suite 120) on Thursday & Friday, November 6th & 7th from 10am to 7pm.
Strollers are permitted. For the safety of all participants, pets, inline skates, bikes and scooters are not permitted.
For more information contact: Sherry Joseph / Race Director at 817.601.3433 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- 9 Maps of the Lone Star State that proves everything is bigger in Texas October 21, 2014
Everything’s bigger in Texas. There’s large oil production and cattle production. Texas is home to three of the top 25 overweight cities in the U.S.
We compiled these maps to show there’s more to the Lone Star state, but we do agree, everything is bigger in Texas.
Produced by Sam Rega.
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- Young Heroes of the Guard Toy Drive October 16, 2014
- The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons October 14, 2014
The soldiers at the blast crater sensed something was wrong.
It was August 2008 near Taji, Iraq. They had just exploded a stack of old Iraqi artillery shells buried beside a murky lake. The blast, part of an effort to destroy munitions that could be used in makeshift bombs, uncovered more shells.
Two technicians assigned to dispose of munitions stepped into the hole. Lake water seeped in. One of them, Specialist Andrew T. Goldman, noticed a pungent odor, something, he said, he had never smelled before.
He lifted a shell. Oily paste oozed from a crack. “That doesn’t look like pond water,” said his team leader, Staff Sgt. Eric J. Duling.
The specialist swabbed the shell with chemical detection paper. It turned red — indicating sulfur mustard, the chemical warfare agent designed to burn a victim’s airway, skin and eyes.
All three men recall an awkward pause. Then Sergeant Duling gave an order: “Get the hell out.”
Five years after President George W. Bush sent troops into Iraq, these soldiers had entered an expansive but largely secret chapter of America’s long and bitter involvement in Iraq. Click here for more of the story and to see the map.
- Nurses at Texas hospital: ‘There were no protocols’ about Ebola October 14, 2014
A union made troubling allegations Tuesday about the Texas hospital where a nurse contracted Ebola, claiming “guidelines were constantly changing” and “there were no protocols” about how to deal with the deadly virus.”
“The protocols that should have been in place in Dallas were not in place, and that those protocols are not in place anywhere in the United States as far as we can tell,” National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro said. “We’re deeply alarmed.”
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said the claims, if true, are “startling.” Some of them, he said, could be “important when it comes to possible other infections.”
Officials from National Nurses United declined to specify how many nurses they had spoken with at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. They said they would not identify the nurses or elaborate on how the nurses learned of the details in their allegations in order to protect them from possible retaliation. The nurses at the hospital are not members of a union, officials said. Check out the list of claims here.
- Spotlight on the Military-Sergeant Alvin C. York October 8, 2014
Decide on Courage and Lead
By John Antal
© John Antal American-Leadership
Alvin York was an American Soldier and his story is one you should know. Born dirt-poor to a family with eleven children and raised on a farm in the hills of Tennessee, York grew up into a rambunctious youth. As a teenager he sought action, but there wasn’t much to do in rural Tennessee in the early 1900s so he gambled, drank, got into fights, and a general all-around hell raiser. He also became a crack rifle and pistol shot. All that changed when York’s close friend died in a bar fight. This life-changing experience forced York to seek solace in the Church of Christ and embrace a moral code that swore no drinking, gambling, fighting or war. The Church gave him a vision of how to live a better life and it became York’s way. When the United States entered WWI, York was drafted and forced into a dilemma. He told the draft board he didn’t want to fight, that he opposed all violence and applied for conscientious objector status. His appeal was considered, but he was drafted anyway and started infantry training in November 1917. After much deliberation in talks with his unit chaplain, his company commander and his family, York finally committed to the cause of Soldiering and doing his part to win the war. York deployed to France in Company G, 328th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Infantry Division. On October 8, 1918, York’s infantry battalion took heavy losses in an attack in the on German positions along the Decauville rail-line north of Chatel-Chéhéry, France during Battle of the Argonne Forest. Recently promoted to Corporal, York’s was part of a 16-man unit led by Sergeant Bernard Early. Sergeant Early was ordered to infiltrate his squad through the woods, flank the Germans and take out the German machine guns that were murdering the advancing Americans. The squad succeeded in taking a German position, killing a half-dozen Germans and taking more as prisoner, but the Germans soon fired on York’s position and Sergeant Early, and eight others Americans were killed or wounded. Nearby German machine guns were still blasting away at York’s battalion.
With the squad leaders and the other corporals dead or wounded, York was now in charge of the seven remaining men, and a dozen German prisoners. To his right, the Germans were now pouring fire on York’s position. A German counterattack to retake the key German position that York’s survivors were occupying was imminent. York took command and quickly thought about his options. What could he do? He didn’t have enough men to continue the attack and also take care of the American wounded and German prisoners. He could let the German prisoners go while he and his men made a run for it, but the German prisoners would surely alert their comrades nearby, regain the position and slaughter York and the surviving Americans as they fled. He could bayonet the prisoners and then make a break for the American lines, but he wouldn’t do that. Needless killing, especially the killing of prisoners, was not in his moral code. Finally, he could surrender. Some of his comrades agreed. A reasonable man would surrender.
York, however, was not a reasonable man. He did not believe in surrender: ever! He told his seven remaining men to hold their recently captured position and guard the prisoners. He told them he would return and then slithered forward, armed only with his M1917 Enfield field Rifle and a .45 caliber M1911 pistol. ” And those machine guns were spitting fire and cutting down the undergrowth all around me something awful. And the Germans were yelling orders,” York later recalled. “You never heard such a ‘racket in all of your life. I didn’t have time to dodge behind a tree or dive into the brush… As soon as the machine guns opened fire on me, I began to exchange shots with them. There were over thirty of them in continuous action, and all I could do was touch the Germans off just as fast as I could. I was sharp shooting. I don’t think I missed a shot. It was no time to miss… All the time I kept yelling at them to come down. I didn’t want to kill any more than I had to. But it was they or I. And I was giving them the best I had.”
After killing a number of Germans with pin-point accurate shots as the Germans popped their heads up from their trenches trying to locate York, six Germans saw him and charged. The Germans were only a few yards away and coming at him at a full run. Each had a 9.8 inch-long long bayonet attached to their Gewehr 98 Mauser rifles. York pulled the trigger on his rifle, but was out of ammunition. With no time to reload his rifle, he drew his Colt M1911 pistol and dropped all six German attackers at close range. The German Lieutenant in charge of the position fired at York several times with his Lugar pistol, missed and with York bearing down on him with pistol in hand the German blurted out in English that he surrendered. York convinced the German Lieutenant to surrender the rest of his men, telling him that there were plenty more Americans ready to attack. The German officer surrendered the potion and his me. York took 132 soldiers as prisoners that day, silencing the guns and saving countless American lives.
York single-handedly took the German position and captured 132 prisoners. Think about that the next time you have a challenge to face! For his actions on October 8, 1918, York was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest military award of the United States, and a promotion to Sergeant.
What can we learn from Sergeant York? First, never surrender. Never surrender. Determination to succeed is a fundamental requirement of leadership. Take action. No matter what the circumstance, you have a chance if you keep at it, but no chance if you quit. Second, have a moral compass and stay true to doing what is right. It might have been expedient to kill the German prisoners and flee, but that was not York’s way. York was determined to find a way or make one. Third, selflessness inspires those around you. York moved forward against the Germans because it was the only way he believed he could save his men and win a seemingly unwinnable situation. York demonstrated that selflessness is a key attribute of a leader. Real leaders act for the benefit their team, not for selfish motives. Real leaders know that it is their job to reflect, and not shine. When York was later asked how he accomplished such a great feat of arms, he took none of the credit, but thanked his men and the hand of God. Lastly, and most importantly, leaders must have courage. Courage is the first requirement of leadership and York had great courage. He moved alone against deadly German positions and personally killed a dozen of more Germans, dispatched six at close range with this .45 pistol, and captured 132! This is extraordinary courage. Our daily lives usually do not require this magnitude of courage, but our daily decisions to lead take courage nonetheless. It takes courage to act, to speak out, and to step forward and take responsibility. Take heart from York’s remarkable story. This is a leadership story you should tell your children and your grandchildren. Fear is a reaction, courage is a decision. Decide on courage and lead.
Colonel John Antal, US Army (Retired) is a public speaker, leadership mentor and the author of thirteen books and numerous articles on leadership, military history and military affairs. His latest book “7 Leadership Lessons: Leadership, Liberty and the American Revolution,” is available on Amazon.com. For more information go to American-Leadeship.com
- John Wiley Price, Jesse Jackson suggest Ebola patient treated differently because he’s black, uninsured October 7, 2014
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and the Rev. Jesse Jackson suggested in separate forums Tuesday that Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan may not be getting the best medical treatment possible because he is black and uninsured.
Price’s comments came during a Dallas County Commissioner’s Court meeting in which he described what happened to Duncan at the hospital as the “elephant in the room.” Price, who is black, said when “people who look like me show up at hospital with no insurance, they’re treated differently.”
The comment came the same day that Jackson arrived in Dallas at the request of Duncan’s family.
“Thomas deserves the love and the best medical treatment … Read the whole article here.
- Meet ‘Father Joe’ Clancy, new Secret Service head October 4, 2014
There’s not much to cheer inside the once venerable Secret Service lately, but veterans are thrilled that at this moment of crisis that “Father Joe” agreed to take the helm.
Before Wednesday, people outside of the Secret Service weren’t familiar with Joe Clancy when President Obama appointed him to be the interim head of the Agency. But, within the Secret Service, he is still well known and highly regarded. Fellow agents call Joe Clancy “Father Joe” because he looks the part of a priest but also because of how he goes about his business. Clancy has a good relationship with both Obamas. And in addition to being in charge of protecting the president as the director of the Presidential Protective Division (PPD), he worked closely with the first couple on the protection arrangements for the daughters. The Obamas have been generally happy with that according to several colleagues that served with him at the time.
One likely knock on Clancy…Read the entire article here.
- ‘Republicans Are People Too’: Romney ad guru has a message for America October 1, 2014
Republicans have tattoos.
Okay, so maybe this isn’t shocking news to hear. But a former Mitt Romney ad guru has made little reminders like this the centerpiece of a strange new social media campaign aimed at softening the public image of his Republican Party.
The campaign is called “Republicans Are People, Too.” Right now, it’s a low-budget endeavor, with an online and social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.
The man behind the push, Vinny Minchillo, told FoxNews.com he’s trying to “catch a wave” of interest by launching “Republicans Are People, Too” shortly before the midterm elections – though he’s not advocating for any particular candidates.
Rather, he said he’s trying to “encourage and embolden” Republicans to get more involved, easing them out of the stigma he says is associated with being a conservative.
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- Red light camera industry fights citizen vote September 4, 2014
BROOKSVILLE, Florida – You could call it a love triangle, except there is no love lost between the three parties fighting over red light cameras in one of Florida’s smallest cities.
Florida’s leading red light camera-provider American Traffic Solutions confirms to 10 Investigates Wednesday that it has joined the fight to prevent a citizen-backed referendum on red light cameras from ever reaching a ballot. The city is also fighting the referendum on grounds that it infringes upon city council’s power.
However, the enemy of the city’s enemy is not its friend in this case; the city is objecting to the intervention from the industry-backed group.
As previously reported by 10 Investigates, Tampa law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt incorporated a group last week called “Keep Florida Roads Safe,” and immediately filed lawsuits to prevent voters from having a say on red light cameras (RLC). The firm has represented ATS before, but would not reveal if it formed the new group on behalf of ATS.
ATS, which has the majority of Florida’ 70+ RLC contracts but not Brooksville’s, appears concerned about a possible precedent-setting legal decision and citizen vote.
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