My home state is under water right now, and there’s nothing like fielding panicked emails from family members over the weekend when you’re 2500 miles away. Thankfully the flooding hasn’t spread south enough to endanger my particular mountaintop, but seriously, I never want to see Tennessee in the news again.
I mentioned last week that I’d watched the CNAS webcast of their panel on Natural Security, and they’ve now put the panel online. I can’t seem to embed it because wordpress hates me, but you can watch it here. If you have some time, it was a good and interesting panel.
Also, Rage Company (and the iPad) has reached $650. Sweet. There’s still three days to bid; all proceeds go to Soldier’s Angels.
Compadres, I’m pretty beat, otherwise I’d spend some time compiling all these links that have crossed my plate about AWK in the last 12 hours, but as it is I’m just going to do a little Soldier’s Angels pimping.
You Served routinely does eBay auctions for the benefit of Solider’s Angels, usually putting up donated books or memorabilia. This most recent auction is for a copy of Rage Company: A Marine’s Baptism By Fire by Thomas Daly, with an added bonus. The publishing house of the book has donated a brand-spanking-new iPad to the winner of the auction for the book.
All proceeds go to Soldier’s Angels. I’ll be entertained for the next six days watching the bids raise, and I encourage you to throw in a bid if you, you know, want an iPad and want to support SA.
The day job is kicking my ass right now, meaning I’m pulled away from what I’d rather be doing; namely, analyzing reports of Obama’s combat troop level decision in light of Amb. Eikenberry’s reservations. But since I don’t have the time nor the brainspace to do that, I’ll follow up on the Valour-IT project.
We’ve collectively raised over $100,000, which is just fantastic. Navy came in with a respectable third, bringing in $18,000. I’m so proud of our team! Thanks to everyone for participating, donating, and making this such a worthwhile event.
As Valour-IT nears its close, I thought I’d share this, which combines two topics I’m particularly interested in: women, and women in the military. This story of Cpl. Jennifer Marie Parcell, Lioness, is well worth your time to watch. (I uploaded it to DailyMotion because I couldn’t get it to embed from the main website.)
And…go Navy! Even if the Marines are whupping our collective asses.
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And the loverly Jeff Bacon of Broadsides fame has jumped in again this week with another cartoon in support of Valour-IT:
The fundraiser ends on Veteran’s Day, so Team Navy has five more days to muster up support for this important cause. If you can spare a couple bucks, please donate! It’s great work to support.
The Valour-IT fundraiser is still plugging along, and I entreat you to come out in support of Team Navy! There’s also about fifty items up for auction, the proceeds of which will go to support Valour-IT as well.
Also, even though this doesn’t go to support Team Navy, it does support Valour-IT; this brilliant shirt by Vision Strike Wear:
Seriously, I have to own this. It’s ridiculous, I love it.
We have another week to go! Help us out, blogosphere.
The flu vaccine has taken me out hard, hence radio silence for a couple days. But at least it’s not the flu.
Monday signaled the kickoff of the Valour-IT fundraiser, and as you may recall, I’m repping for Team Navy. If you want to do me, the Navy, and veterans a solid, drop ten bucks in the coffers:
My goal, as soon as I stop feeling like my head is surrounded by cotton wool, is to do some Navy-centric posts to keep with the theme of the month. In the meantime, head over to the USNI Blog for more information on the other participants in Team Navy.
All right, the secret’s out: I’m on Team Navy. Yes, yes, say what you will, but I couldn’t find Team Marine. My dad and one of my uncles were Marines; three more of my uncles were Navymen; and two of my grandfathers were Navy, as well. so we’ll just say it’s family pride. (Or something.)
Anyway, in support of Project VALOUR-IT, I’ll be devoting my blogging words to the cause. It goes active later this month, and I’m excited to participate. Go Navy!