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Memories of President Bush 41 and an inside look at the U.S. Navy Presidential Honor Guard

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Memories of President George H.W. Bush and an inside look at U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard.

Above: Earlier yesterday morning, Air Force One waits on the tarmac in Texas to transport President Bush to Washington, D.C. 

With the media coverage over the next few days of the upcoming State funeral, I thought it would be an appropriate time to share my experience as a U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard for President Bush while he was in office.

You may have noticed the joint service military members (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard) who are and will be carrying the casket of President Bush. They will also be posted as guards at the US Capitol while President Bush is lying in state. Those members are part of an elite group of the military known as “guardsmen” or ceremonial honor guards.

The honor guard is an elite unit consisting of members from each branch of the U.S. military. The unit is directly attached to The White House and President.

New Guardsmen Hand Picked From Boot Camp

Most new members of the honor guard are hand picked by special recruiters who usually select new members as they are in boot camp of the military service for which they enlisted. The recruiters have authority to change military contracts and orders. Most tours of the honor guard are between two and four years. Once selected, the new member will have their original military orders changed so they can complete the honor guard tour of duty.

Top Secret Security Clearance Required

Once selected, new members of the presidential honor guard undergo a very detailed background investigation that starts while they are still in bootcamp. Federal agents travel to the home town of the recruit and investigate all the way back to childhood. If the background investigation is favorable, the new member is issued a top secret security clearance.

Additional Bootcamp

New honor guard recruits complete additional boot camp style training when they first arrive at their respective honor guard command. The training includes precision march and drill techniques and training to stand for very long periods of time without moving. Also included in the training is detailed uniform care.

Joint Service and Local Service 

Upon graduation new members of the guard are assigned to a division within the local guard command. For the U.S. Navy, assignments include firing party, casket bearers, colors (flag bearers), and drill team.

Anytime there is a major function at The White House, Pentagon, or other location where honor guardsmen are needed they work with members from each military service. This is known as a joint service mission. You will be seeing a lot of these joint service missions in the news coverage during the upcoming memorial.

When there is no joint service mission honor guard members spend most of their time training or participating in military funerals in the local Washington, D.C. area.

My Experience: 

I was selected in my 3rd week of bootcamp. A recruiter invited me to attend a presentation where I was shown a video and information about the guard was presented to me. Once I agreed, the recruiter had my original military orders changed so that I could complete my newly assigned duty. I reported to Washington, D.C. in the fall of 1989 to start my honor guard training.

The training was intense and I remember having to endure hours of standing at attention while instructors tried various tactics to make us laugh or flinch. One of many methods used by instructors was employing a Gumby doll and the instructors would make voices for it and put it through amazingly funny situations only inches from your face. You didn’t dare crack a smile or you would find yourself outside running around the building and doing extra work after hours. I also remember standing for long periods of time at attention (sometimes two hours or more) and before breakfast while instructors played long games of chess in front of us.

After making it through the training I was assigned to firing party. We were responsible for the 21 gun salutes at funerals. My primary job was Navy funerals around the Washington, D.C. area when I wasn’t needed for a presidential function.

Working for President Bush 

The Honor Guard is directly attached to The White House, on call and ready to provide immediate services anytime they are needed. Anytime a State dinner or other high profile White House function occurs, the ceremonial guard is there.

I had the privilege of serving under President H.W. Bush for the majority of his time in office. One day after working at an arrival ceremony and an evening State dinner, President Bush jokingly told us to go ahead and take the rest of the night off after we had been working there all morning, day, and evening. His grin after saying that to us has stayed with me.

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Above: President Bush inspects our unit on the White House front lawn during an arrival ceremony in the early 1990’s. 

I feel blessed and fortunate to have served in the honor guard for President Bush 41. Aside from what your political views might be, he was a good president to work for and he appreciated the work we did.

For more information about President Bush (and a really neat timeline) visit the George Bush Memorial Fund website. 

Article by Matt at Klamath Alerts 

Below: A video about the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard

 

New Facebook Friend Request Hoax Circulating

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The Friend Request Hoax 

A new Facebook hoax is now circulating around. Don’t fall for it. The latest hoax to hit Facebook involves a message saying you may have sent an additional friend request or your account might be hacked. Then it asks you to forward the message to others on your friend list, or post the warning on your wall.

Your Facebook account doesn’t have the ability to send out multiple friend requests to the same people you are already friends with. Although it is possible for someone to copy your photos available to the public and clone your account, your account doesn’t send out automated duplicate friend requests with your real profile.

If you get any message asking you to forward or repost the warning just delete it and maybe send a link to this article to your friend. It’s just someone with too much time on their hands trying to get a chain message forwarded through Facebook.

As always, you can verify there are no clone accounts of your profile by searching your own name on Facebook. If you find a clone account of your profile just report it to Facebook.

Anytime someone asks you to forward a message, it’s a definite red flag and should be deleted.

by Klamath Alerts

 

Series of powerful ocean earthquakes today in South America region.

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Two powerful earthquakes occurred earlier today in the South America region.  The first just after noon pacific time today was a M6.3 and was located to the east of South America in the Visokoi Island area.

A second M6.2 about three hours later was located west of South America.

Klamath Alerts sends automated notifications to our Facebook page for any earthquake world wide that is over a M6.0 for those of you who track earthquake activity. There can sometimes be an hour or two delay for the automated posts.

The National Tsunami Center issued a statement that these two quakes did not pose a risk of tsunamis.

Note: The lines on the images above represent fault lines. 

How to avoid spreading the flu at work

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It’s flu season, which means you know the drill: If you get sick, stay home from work. But what if you have a big meeting, or an important deadline?

“Most people know they should stay home, but still find reasons to go into work,” said Liz Hill, SAIF’s Total Worker Health® adviser. “Not only does this expose your co-workers to an illness, it also makes it a lot harder for your body to recover.”

Hill suggests managers can help set expectations during flu season. This includes:

  • Encouraging workers to use their sick leave. Oregon law requires employers with 10 or more employees to provide 40 hours of paid leave per year.
  • Making it easy for workers to wash their hands. Consider having alcohol-based hand sanitizer available on worksites where handwashing facilities are not available.
  • Planning for flu season. When employees are out, extra work can fall to other staff members—increasing their likelihood of getting sick or injured. Have a contingency plan for being short on employees.

Most importantly, managers should lead by example.

“It sometimes seems managers are the least likely to take a sick day,” said Hill. “Remember, you are setting the tone for the whole team—if you get sick, stay home.”

For more information on flu prevention at work, visit saif.com/flu.

 

Be on the lookout for holiday scams this season

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The holiday season has begun and, unfortunately, every year we see a rise in financial scam, especially in regard to charities. Scammers often use organization names that sound much like reputable and real charities. Ask for the exact name of the entity and do some research before you donate. Do not let the caller rush you into making a decision. If you donate, pay by credit card or check and keep a record of your donation. Make sure you are only charged for what you donated and not that you’re signed up for a recurring donation. 

These websites provide helpful information about charities:
– https://justice.oregon.gov/charities
– https://www.guidestar.org/Home.aspx
– https://www.charitynavigator.org/
– https://www.charitywatch.org/home

~ Press release from the Department of Justice 

Mass Shooting Thousand Oaks California

At about 11:20pm last night a gunman opened fire at Thousand Oaks Nightclub in the Los Angeles area. The club was hosting a college country night for students.

Reports indicate up to 12 people or more have been killed including a 29 year veteran sheriffs deputy. The gunman is also reported deceased. He was reported to be armed with a handgun.

Bomb squad removes suspicious package possibly containing explosives at Robert De Niro’s restaurant in NY

Another suspicious package has been found at a restaurant owned by Robert De Niro in New York. This package is one of several sent out to various locations around the country over the last two days.

More information on this latest event is available here at The New York Post

Suspicious Packages Intercepted by Secret Service

National Breaking: The secret service has intercepted suspicious packages directed at Former President Obama and The Clintons. There are new reports that devices are being found around areas in New York City including a CNN Office. We will follow and update as more details emerge.

Update: another package has been found in Florida and another in San Diego.

Record Mega Millions Jackpot Won in South Carolina

The Mega Millions jackpot was finally won on Tuesday night, and a single lucky ticket holder in South Carolina can claim a tremendous lottery jackpot – $1.537 billion ($878 million cash). The winning numbers for October 23 are the white balls the white balls 5, 28, 62, 65 and 70, plus the gold Mega Ball 5.

The history-making Mega Millions jackpot smashed the former Mega Millions record of $656 million set in March 2012, and is just shy of the $1.586 billion Powerball prize in January 2016 which was shared by three winning tickets. 

“The moment we’ve been waiting for finally arrived, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Gordon Medenica, Lead Director of the Mega Millions Group and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming. “This is truly a historic occasion. We’re so happy for the winner, and we know the South Carolina Education Lottery can’t wait to meet the lucky ticket holder.”

The jackpot had been rolling since July 24, when a California office pool of 11 co-workers shared a $543 million prize. Three other jackpots have been won this year – $451 million on January 5 (Florida), $533 million on March 30 (New Jersey), and $142 million on May 4 (Ohio). 

In addition to the jackpot winner, the sales frenzy produced a whopping 36 second prize tickets – each matching the five white balls drawn Tuesday night. Eight were in California, four each in Florida and New York, two each in Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia, and one each in Arizona, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin. The Texas winner and one of the Florida Match 5 winners included the optional Megaplier, so those two tickets are worth $3 million each. 

For matching four white balls plus the Mega Ball, 419 tickets won the game’s $10,000 third prize Tuesday night. Fifty-one of those are actually worth $30,000 each because they included the optional Megaplier.

In total, there were 15,750,013 winning tickets Tuesday night in addition to the jackpot winner. In this 26-draw jackpot run, beginning with the July 27 drawing there were more than 50.2 million winning tickets at all prize levels, including 85 worth $1 million or more and the jackpot winner.

DRAWING TONIGHT FOR RECORD $1.6 BILLION MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT

Oct. 23, 2018 – Salem, Ore. Thanks to the world’s largest lottery jackpot of all time, players in Oregon and across the country are dreaming of a $1.6 billion win!

The drawing is tonight at 7:59 p.m. Players can buy tickets up to 7 p.m.

Mega Millions Fast Facts

  • Mega Millions is made up of 46 lotteries (44 states, District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • Across all 46 lotteries taking part in Mega Millions, there were over 12.4 million winning tickets in the Friday, Oct. 19 drawing
  • In Oregon alone, there were over 116,000 winning Mega Millions tickets ranging from $10,000 to $2 for the Oct. 19 drawing
  • There are two options for players to choose from to take the prize: 
    • Annuity prize: $1.6 billion jackpot 30-year annuity prize is an average of over $36 million each year (after taxes)
    • Cash prize: $1.6 billion jackpot cash prize is over $615 million (after taxes)
  • The Oregon Lottery began offering Mega Millions in March 2010
  • Oregon has not had a Mega Millions jackpot winner
  • There have been seven $1 million prize winners in Oregon
  • Since 2010 there have been over $83 million in Mega Millions prizes in Oregon
  • The Oregon Lottery’s Friday, Oct. 19 Mega Millions sales of over $3.5 million were the second highest Mega Millions daily sales ever
  • The Oregon Lottery’s #1 sales day for Mega Millions of $3.8 million was in March 2012
  • Since 2010, Mega Millions has had over $164 million in sales in Oregon
  • The next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:59 p.m.

Mega Millions Jackpot Skyrockets to All-Time World Record: $1.6 Billion

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Jackpot surpasses previous mark held by January 2016 Powerball drawing

Tickets for this lottery are available in Oregon anywhere Oregon Lottery is sold.

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A Mega Millions jackpot roll that had already made history has now reached a new world record.

With no jackpot winner in Friday night’s drawing, the jackpot for the next drawing on Tuesday, Oct. 23 carries an estimated annuity value of $1.6 billion – a new world record. The estimated cash option is nearly $905 million.

At $1.6 billion, Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing slips past the $1.586 billion Powerball drawing on January 13, 2016, to become the largest lottery jackpot in history. Winners in California, Florida and Tennessee shared the record Powerball prize.

“Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it’s truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record,” said Gordon Medenica, Lead Director of the Mega Millions Group and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming. “It’s hard to overstate how exciting this is – but now it’s really getting fun.”

The previous record Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million, which was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in the drawing on March 30, 2012.

The last Mega Millions jackpot hit was in the drawing held July 24, 2018, when a group of 11 co-workers in California shared a $543 million prize. There have been 25 drawings without a jackpot winner since then, but there have been more than 34.4 million winning tickets sold across the game’s nine prize levels.

The winning numbers for the October 19 drawing were the white balls 15, 23, 53, 65 and 70, plus the gold Mega Ball 7. While there was no jackpot winner on Friday, there were 15 second-tier winning tickets of at least $1 million, sold in California, Florida, Illinois (two), Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (four), Texas (two, including one with the Megaplier for a $2 million prize) and Virginia (two). These tickets matched the five white balls but missed matching the Mega Ball.

Mega Millions tickets are $2 and are sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held at 11 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.

See the brief history of Mega Millions with the top ten jackpots awarded to date.

FBI asking for nationwide help in missing teen Jayme Closs

To see the entire FBI Jayme Closs flyer click the link below:

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Note: While there is no indication that 13-year-old Jayme Closs is in Oregon, the FBI is pushing this information out across the country with the thought that she could be anywhere at this time. The FBI is requesting that local media publicize her missing poster and related information and that the public post this information on their own social media platforms.

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On Monday, October 15, 2018, at 12:53 AM, a 911 call was received from Barron, Wisconsin. Upon arrival, law enforcement officials found two adults deceased, and their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme Closs, missing. Closs is now considered endangered. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Jayme Closs, or if you have had contact with Closs, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Justice Child Abduction Response Team tipline at 1-855-744-3879. You may also contact your local FBI office.

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