Red Friday Round Up

Got Your RED on??

We just have a few stories today.

I suppose folks heard about the tragic accident when plane en route from New York to Texas lost an engine a few days ago, leaving one lady dead… If it weren’t for the rock steady and level head of the pilot who landed the damaged plane safely in Philly, many more could have died as well.  Many of the passengers credit the pilot, Tammie Jo Shults for saving the 148 passengers.

What some folks might not realize is that Captain Shults was formerly Lt. Cmdr. Shults, who served  with the US Navy’s Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 34 in Point Mugu, California, as an instructor on EA-6B Prowler and F/A-18 Hornets.  According to the Navy, Shults left active duty service in 1993, and the reserves in 2001.

Passengers told the AP that Shults walked down the aisle and checked on everyone after the plane landed.

There’s an interesting profile piece about her from a 1993 magazine…  which might help explain how she was so cool under pressure and the hero of the passengers of  Flight 1380.  Salute!

This next part is more for anyone who is or was in the military- might want to let folks know about it if you know anyone who could benefit from a new plan coming out by T-Mobile.

Beginning next week on April 22, service members (including active, Guard and reserve), retirees, veterans, and Gold Star families can sign up for the T-Mobile ONE Military program which will include a 20 percent discount on the first phone line ($55, down from $70) and half off each line after that: $25 for a second line, $10 for lines three through six. Taxes and fees are included.  The service will also be available to Veteran owned businesses.

Also, Home Improvement giant Lowe’s  has expanded its everyday military discount program to include all honorably discharged veterans, as of May and have also expanded the 10 percent discount to Lowe’s online shopping, which will include free parcel shipping. The discount will also be able to be used at self-checkout in stores.

Active-duty service members, retirees and veterans do have to sign up online for the Lowe’s personal shopping card to qualify for the discount, which is not a credit card. Spouses and dependent children up to age 18 can also get the discount, although the online signup process doesn’t include an option for family members.  When a service member signs up for the discount program, it will be linked to a MyLowes card that can also be used by their spouse.

Lowe’s has offered discounts to military members and veterans for more than a decade. Previously, the 10 percent discount at Lowe’s was available every day to active-duty service members, retired military and other veterans receiving VA benefits who showed their identification. For other honorably discharged veterans, the discount was limited to three days – Memorial Day, July 4 and Veterans Day.

Cool.

OK This last one is just for “fun”…  I remember Michael telling me about going through the training for the Navy and having to endure this and their description is priceless….

From Military Times, “Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima, had the misfortune of becoming OC spray-certified this week — and the photos are tremendous.”   OK Go Here

To all our Troops and Veterans, God bless and Thank You!!
Have a safe and blessed day.