Military officers from North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) are expecting a visit from a special aviator.
The combined military command will work with Canadian partners to monitor Santa’s journey across the globe on Christmas Eve – just like it’s done for the past 65 years. Every other day of the year, NORAD uses satellites and sensors to monitor threats against North America.
Capt. Jim Carman, USN (Ret), MOAA’s Vice President for Council/Chapter and Member Support and a retired Navy reconnaissance pilot, spoke with Col. John Krellner, USAF, a stealth fighter jet pilot, about supporting NORAD’s Santa-tracking mission from Alaska.
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Floral designer and military spouse Kassie Peterson has created dazzling centerpieces for dozens of events. This year, she used her skills to help deck the halls of the White House.
Decorating the White House for Christmas has been a tradition of the first lady since Jackie Kennedy hung ornaments on a tree in the Blue Room in 1961.
“It’s the first lady’s initiative,” Peterson said. “It’s neat to see their style come out, but also how it’s maintained traditional throughout the years too.”
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Col. Paul Arcari, USAF (Ret), the galvanizing voice who helped move the military from the draft to the all-volunteer force while crusading for proper pay raises and health care after service, died Dec. 1. He was 88.
Arcari, a relentless force for troops on Capitol Hill, was genuinely modest and equally respected by those who agreed with and opposed him, friends said. He devoted his life to serving others through the Air Force and The Retired Officers Association (TROA), which became MOAA after a 2003 name change.
“He was the champion of doing the right thing by military people – even when it wasn’t the popular thing to do, even when there were budget constraints,” said Col. Steve Strobridge, USAF (Ret), a friend and former colleague of Arcari who took over as director of government relations for TROA when Arcari retired in 2001, fighting for troops, officer and enlisted, across every branch of the uniformed services. “Paul – in both his professional and private life – devoted himself to others.”
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Preparing to work in a new office — or even setting up for video meetings with co-workers — can pose a challenge after spending years donning the same camouflage uniform. But don’t worry: Military Officer spoke with fashion experts to help you nail your job interview, set a stunning first impression, or raise your wardrobe game.
“If you can serve in the military, you can get your fashion right,” said fashion consultant Tim Gunn, former co-host of Project Runway. “This will be a piece of cake compared to everything else that you’ve been through.”
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