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This Day In History, December 4th, 2020 – “Hoist The Colors”


It was just 245 years ago today, December 3, 1775, in the cold waters of Philadelphia Harbor, when Lieutenant and soon to be father of the American Navy John Paul Jones hoisted our Nation’s first universally recognized standard, the Grand Union Flag. The ship, the U.S.S. Alfred, was built in Philadelphia, but given the name the Black Prince, after Edward, the Black Prince.

This Day In History, December 3rd, 2020 – “BUG OUT”


It was just 70 years ago today, December 3rd 1950, that the U.S. Army abandoned their defense lines in front of the North Korean capital of Pyongyang and “Bugged Out “.

REEL Film Nerds Episode #198: “Legacy – Gremlins (1984)”

Movie Review Podcast

Welcome back everyone, did you miss us? The boys are going to try something new for December. Much like our Harvest Horror Fest, for December we are going to chat about Christmas movies! They start off a possible tradition with a bang chatting about the Christmas classic Gremlins (1984). Off topics include limos, breeding, and stimulus TV’s?

This Day In History, December 2nd, 2020 – “Manifest Destiny”


It was just 175 years ago today, December 2, 1845, when President of the United States James Polk announced during his State of the Union Address a new phrase that had been mentioned before by the American populace, Manifest Destiny.

This Day In History, December 1st, 2020 – “Freedom Airlift”


It was just 55 years ago today, December 1, 1965, when the United States began commercial flights from Communist Cuba to Miami, Florida, in an attempt to help as many people as possible flee the Castro regime.

This Day In History, November 30th, 2020 – “With Both Feet”


It was just 70 years ago today, November 30, 1950, with UN Forces under heavy attack all along the front in North Korea and President Truman pondering the use of Atomic Bombs that the UN High Command, General MacArthur, had to not only admit the Communist Chinese had entered the Korean War but had stepped in “With Both Feet “.

The Chief’s Desk – November 27th


I’m fairly certain that we can all agree 2020 has been a crap show of a year. Actually, that is probably an understatement for many of our friends, families, and colleagues. Nevertheless, it is the day after Thanksgiving, the holiday season, and a time to be thankful. Quite honestly, we should be looking for things to be thankful for every […]

This Day In History, November 27th, 2020 – “The Chosin Few”


It was just 70 years ago today, November 27, 1950, when the United States Marine Corps began a new epic legend in their history that ranks along with the battles of Belleau Wood, Wake Island, Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Iwo Jima.

This Day In History, November 26th, 2020 – “Happy Thanksgiving”


It was just, add how many years you want, ago, when Americans began to give thanks for the bountiful land that we live in.

This Day In History, November 25th, 2020 – “The Chinese Strike”


It was just 70 years ago today, November 25, 1950, when the Chinese Army struck the U.S. 8th Army in western Korea.

This Day In History, November 24th, 2020 – “To The Yalu”


It was just 70 years ago today, November 24, 1950, when UN Forces in Korea under the Command of General Douglas MacArthur launched their final offensive to end the War and have the Soldiers home, at least back in Japan, by Christmas.

This Day In History, November 23rd, 2020 – “Thanksgiving 1950, Korean Style”


It was just 70 years ago today, November 23, 1950, when the Armed Forces of the United States made a supreme effort to provide the American Fighting Man with a Hot Thanksgiving Dinner.

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The Chief’s Desk – November 20th


In my opinion, the Fire Service does not do a good enough job preparing our personnel to communicate effectively. Honestly, I don’t think we spend enough time on the topic for anyone in the Fire Service whether in Operations or Non-Operations. A person’s ability to communicate has a direct impact on their level of credibility. Whether written, verbal, or non-verbal […]

This Day In History, November 20th, 2020 – “That’s A Big Whale”


It was just 200 years ago, November 20, 1820, when a massive white sperm whale attacked a U.S. whaling ship, the Essex, destroying the vessel completely, and swimming about in its Caucasian way in the watery depths.

This Day In History, November 19th, 2020 – “Eisenhower Commands NATO”


It was just 70 years ago today, November 19, 1950, when General Dwight Eisenhower, the Great Crusader who defeated NAZI Germany, was asked to take command of a new organization, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO.

REEL Film Nerds Episode #197: “Tributary – The Vast of Night”

Movie Review Podcast

Welcome fellow movie buffs to another installment of the Reel Film Nerds podcast! Does anyone actually read this, I hope so. Today Mike and Matt chat about a very low budget but amazing Sci-Fi film The Vast of Night. Offbeat topics include rez ball, Roswell, and no MCU tie-in?

This Day In History, November 18th, 2020 – “Jonestown”


It was just 42 years ago today, November 18, 1978, when the world was shocked when members of the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project participated in a mass suicide – murder pact in the jungles of Guyana, South America.

This Day In History, November 17th, 2020 – “National Rifle Association”


It was just 149 years ago today, November 17, 1871, when the United States recognized the National Rifle Association, NRA. Being inspired by a similar English group, many Union officers, who witnessed modern firearm tactics first hand, wanted to create an organization that would train Americans in the proper use of firearms.

REEL Film Nerds Episode #196: “Tributary – The Outpost”

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Honoring all Veterans on Veterans Day. We don’t know them all but we owe them all. Thank you for your service and sacrifices. This week Mike and Matt sit down and chat about a modern war movie The Outpost starring Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, and Orlando Bloom. Topics include COVID haircuts, military spending, and Jungleland giveaway.

This Day In History, November 16th, 2020 – “The Mad Bomber”


It was just 80 years ago today, November 16, 1940, when the Mad Bomber of New York City placed his first pipe bomb in the Con Edison building, New York City’s electric utility company. For years, except during World War II, for he thought it would interrupt the war effort, the Mad Bomber, George Metesky, had terrorized the people of […]

The Chief’s Desk – November 13th


What is outcome? You might think that is a stupid question but bear with me. An outcome is the result of something, e.g. an event, a goal or objective, or an election. Outcomes can be good or bad depending on the preceding circumstances or events. Many of you listen to or at least have listened to, the Focus 3 Podcast. […]

This Day In History, November 13th, 2020 – “Fantasia”


It was just 60 years ago today, November 13, 1940, when one of Disney’s most watched film, Fantasia, was released. Giving audiences a wide variety of musical scores with cartoon animation, this film has fascinated young and old alike.

This Day In History, November 12th, 2020 – “Blow It Up With Dynamite”


It was just 50 years ago today, November 12, 1970, when the quite beaches of Florence, Oregon, was disrupted with a massive explosion.

This Day In History, November 11th, 2020 – “Flat Hat Club”


It was just 270 years ago today, November 11, 1750, when the first ever collegiate secret society was formed in America, at least that we know of, after all, they are meant to be a secret.

This Day In History, November 10th, 2020 – “The Edmund Fitzgerald”


“The Legend Lives On from The Chippewa On Down Of The Big Lake They Call Gitche Gumee ,…The Lake It Is Said, Never Gives Up Her Dead, When The Skies Of November Turn Gloomy.”

This Day In History, November 9th, 2020 – “Mayflower”


It was just 400 years ago today, November 9, 1620, when a weary band of men and women with children among them, sailed into Cape Cod, and beheld a land which promised them everything, freedom to worship, a new start, a fertile landscape, all of which could be achieved with hard work and prayer.

The Chief’s Desk – November 6th


I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Operations personnel in the fire service are squared away operationally. What we lack is the same level of preparedness when it comes to the administrative part of the job. Conversely, I would say that our Non-Operations personnel are squared away administratively, but if we had to deal with some sort […]

This Day In History, November 6th, 2020 – “Landing By Accident”


It was just 75 years ago today, November 6, 1945, when the first ever jet landing on an aircraft carrier was a success, even though it was not even a test, more of an accident.

REEL Film Nerds Episode #195: “Tributary – Hubie Halloween”

Movie Review Podcast

Our Third Annual Harvest Horror Fest has come to an end but not Halloween, at least for us. Mike picked a film to raise people’s spirits especially after the election.

REEL Film Nerds Episode #194: “Harvest Horror Fest – Candyman (1992)”

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We saved the best for last for our Third Annual Harvest Horror Fest, Candyman (1992) starring Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen. Additional topics include the importance of movie soundtracks, urban legends, and discovering old photographs.

This Day In History, November 5th, 2020 – “Lincoln Fires His General”


It was just 158 years ago today, November 5, 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln fired his Commanding General of the Army of the Potomac, George B. McClellan.

This Day In History, November 4th, 2020 – “They’re Watching You”


It was just 68 years ago today, November 4, 1952, when the National Security Agency (NSA) began protecting the American people.

This Day In History, November 3rd, 2020 – “Post War Constitution”


It was just 74 years ago today, November 3, 1946, on the islands of Japan, that a new sun rose, promising a better future in the modern world. On this date, Emperor Hirohito, once thought of as a God, assented to a new Constitution, similar to that of the United States.

This Day In History, November 2nd, 2020 – “First Contact”


It was just 70 years ago today, November 1st through the 2nd, 1950 when soldiers of the United States Army first made contact with soldiers of the Chinese Communist Army.

The Chief’s Desk – October 30th


At the board meeting on Monday, October 26, the board voted to proceed with seeking a Certificate of Necessity (CON) for transport ambulance service. We also signed an engagement letter with a consultant. This is the first step in a very long process so do not expect any changes in the near future. Our estimate is that it could take […]

This Day In History, October 30th, 2020 – “Ford To City, Drop Dead”


It was just 45 years ago today, October 30, 1975, when the New York Daily News ran with the head line “Ford to City, Drop Dead”. At the time, New York City was in debt, big time, and was asking the Federal Government for a bailout.

This Day In History, October 29th, 2020 – “The Army Lands At Iwon”


It was just 70 years ago today, October 29, 1950, when the U.S. Army’s 7th Infantry Division landed on the east coast of North Korea at the Port of Iwon. When the 1st Marine Division landed at the Port of Inchon, on September 15, 1950, the 7th Division followed behind being teamed with the Marines to form X Corps, under […]

This Day In History, October 28th, 2020 – “The Lincoln Brigade”


It was just 82 years ago today, October 28, 1938, when the International Brigades, fighting on the loyalist side during the Spanish Civil War, left Spain forever, as the Republic was crumbling all around from the mighty weight of the Spanish Nationalist onslaught led by General Franco, the Caudillo, leader.

This Day In History, October 27th, 2020 – “Mrs. Wallis Simpson”


It was just 84 years ago today, October 27, 1936, when Mrs. Wallis Simpson successfully managed a preliminary decree of divorce from her husband, Ernest Aldrich Simpson.

This Day In History, October 26th, 2020 – “Marines Land At Wonsan”


It was just 70 years ago today, October 26, 1950 when the 1st Marine Division landed at the North Korean Port of Wonsan. On the east coast of North Korea, Wonsan is a major port, opening into the Sea of Japan.

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The Chief’s Desk – October 23rd


So you want to promote. Why? That is an important question to answer before diving into the process and putting forth the effort and sacrifice it takes to prepare. The reality is that if you desire to promote, you should have already been preparing. In fact, you should have been preparing each and every day since your first day on […]

This Day In History, October 23rd, 2020 – “Death Of The 1st Independent Tank Company”


It was just 78 years ago today, October 23, 1942, when Japanese tanks of the 1st Independent Tank company dashed across the sandy beaches of Guadalcanal, bent on the destruction of the outnumbered Marines.

REEL Film Nerds Episode #193: “Harvest Horror Fest – The Lost Boys (1987)”

Movie Review Podcast

Our Third Annual Harvest Horror Fest continues with a true vampire horror comedy classic The Lost Boys (1987) starring Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, and the two Coreys. Off topics include Taken, RAW vs JPEG, and Natalie Portman.

This Day In History, October 22nd, 2020 – “No More Pretty Boy”


It was just 86 years ago today, October 22, 1934, when Public Enemy Number One, Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd was shot dead by Bureau of Investigation BOI (later FBI in 1935) Agents and Officers of the East Liverpool Police Department.

This Day In History, October 21st, 2020 – “1868 Hayward Earthquake”


It was just 152 years ago today, October 21, 1868, when the San Francisco Bay area was ravaged by a massive earthquake. With a Mercalli level of IX, very violent, the area along the Hayward Fault was devastated.

This Day In History, October 20th, 2020 – “The Board Of Education”


It was just 45 years ago today, October 20, 1975, when the Supreme Court ruled that corporal punishment was legal in all schools. That’s right everyone, the swat on the backside is legal.

This Day In History, October 19th, 2020 – “Capture Of Pyongyang”


It was just 70 years ago today, October 19, 1950, when U.N. Forces, under the Command of General Douglas MacArthur captured the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang.

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The Chief’s Desk – October 16th


I have been mentioning our new Podcast for a while now and yet it’s still not up. So, you may be wondering what gives? We have been practicing. It’s not the audio that’s a challenge, it’s the “talent” in front of the camera. We are currently looking for stunt doubles, but we have not had any luck. That said, we […]

REEL Film Nerds Episode #192: “Harvest Horror Fest – Friday The 13th (1980)”

Movie Review Podcast

Welcome campers to our second pod of the Third Annual Harvest Horror Fest! Today the classic horror continues with one of Matt’s favorite horror films, yes Matt’s, Friday the 13th (1980). The boys stayed on point for most of the show but some extra topics include Halloween, gore in film, and horror films that scarred us for life.

This Day In History, October 16th, 2020 – “Two Presidents Meet”


It was just 111 years ago today, October 16, 1909, when the first meeting between two Presidents, that of the United States of America, and the nation of Mexico.


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