Boston Bruins Game

The State Honor Guard will be Posting Colors this Saturday 500pm at the TD Garden Hockey Game December 16th, Boston Bruins vs New York Rangers we will be on National Television. I will also have 19 AMVETS  Fellow AMVETS watch your State Honor Guard in action. Thanks for your SUPPORT Wayne Anthony State Provost Marshal.

Did you know this?

Truly amazing story!………………………Read to the very end!
On September 11, 2001, Lt. Heather Lucky Penney in an F-16 at Andrews Air Force Base.  She had her orders. She was to take down down United Airlines Flight 93. The hijacked plane was headed toward Washington, D C. Three other planes had hit targets in New York and Washington, and Flight 93 was destined to become the fourth.
Penney was the second combat pilot in the air that morning. The idea of shooting down a civilian aircraft, even a hijacked one, was troublesome enough … but Penney had no missiles or live ammunition  All she had were her orders and her plane. She was going to take the plane down the hard way.
“We wouldn’t be shooting it down.  We would be ramming the aircraft,” Penney said of the surreal moment. “I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot.”
Ten years after the event, Penney began talking openly about that day.
Penney was one of the first female combat pilots. She now works for Lockheed Martin, where she helps direct the F-35 program.
“We had to protect the airspace any way we could,” she said. “On that Tuesday in 2001, there were no planes standing by ready to defend the skies over Washington. Not a single plane equipped for a dogfight”
“There was no perceived threat at the time, especially one coming from the homeland like that,” said Col. George Degnon, vice commander of the 113th Wing at Andrews. “It was a little bit of a helpless feeling, but we did everything humanly possible to get the aircraft armed and in the air. It was amazing to see people react.”
It would take an hour or more to arm a plane, and that process was begun, but they needed pilots in the air immediately.
“Lucky, you’re coming with me,” said Col. Marc Sasseville, her commanding officer.
“I’m going to go for the cockpit,” Sasseville said. “Take the tail.” And with that, the two skipped their pre-flight checks and took off.
“We don’t train to bring down airliners,” said Sasseville. He’s now stationed at the Pentagon. “If you just hit the engine, it could still glide and you could guide it to a target. My thought was the cockpit or the wing.”
Caseville’s plan was to maneuver the faster, more agile F-16 into the commercial airliner with enough time to eject. That timing, though, would require split-second perfection.
“I was hoping to do both at the same time,” he said. “It probably wasn’t going to work, but that’s what I was hoping. If you eject and your jet soars through without impact,” Penney said, thinking back. She wasn’t going to try to eject.
In the end, they didn’t have to make the sacrifice. United 93 went down in Pennsylvania. Passengers aboard the plane fought back against the hijackers, and crashed in an isolated field.
“The real heroes are the passengers on Flight 93 who were willing to sacrifice themselves,” Penney said. “I was just an accidental witness to history.”
When asked why she was willing to fly a kamikaze mission, Penney doesn’t hesitate. “Why? Because there are things in this world that are more important than ourselves. Freedom. The Constitution of the United States. Our way of life. Mom, baseball, apple pie;  these things and so many more that make us uniquely American. We belong to something greater than ourselves. As complex and diverse and discordant as it is, this thing, this idea called America, binds us together in citizenship and community and brotherhood…”
I’ll bet she stands when the National Anthem is played!!!

Forever GI Bill Hearing

Dear Fellow Veterans and Colleagues,
We’ve already been telling you about what we’ve done so far to implement the Colmery Act/Forever GI Bill, but now it’s time for Congress to know. On Tuesday, December 12 at 2:00pm ET, Mr. Robert Worley II, Director of Education Service, will testify before the House Veterans Affairs Committee to discuss what we’ve done so far, and what we have ahead of us.
With your help in spreading the word on this legislation, we’ve been able to inform thousands of Veterans that they’re now able to:
  • Access their benefits when the time is right for them and their families;
  • Pursue their education at an accredited independent study program, technical school, and vocational institution using their benefits;
  • Get assistance if a school’s closing affects them; and
  • Plan to earn while they learn for years to come through a work-study program without worrying if Congress will renew it.
We will discuss these and other aspects of the legislation during the hearing, and answer your representatives’ questions. To watch, go to the House Veterans Affairs Committee website. You can also join the conversation as we live tweet the hearing by following us on Twitter at @VAVetBenefits.
As always, thank you for helping sharing this information with our Veteran community.
Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC 20420
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