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Sue Jelinek

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Sue Jelinek welcomes story ideas from ship to shore. Contact her at jelinst@sbcglobal.net.

B.R.A.T. and the Month of the Military Child

According to nationaltoday.com, April was established as the Month of the Military Child by Caspar Weinberger when he was the Defense Secretary for the...

Celebrate women in the workforce

On March 15, 2017, the United States Senate passed Senate Resolution 76 to designate March 21 as “Rosie the Riveter Day.” This resolution was supported...

Share a smile

According to the calendar, February is the shortest month of the year because it only has 28 or 29 days. Yet I remember so many...

Golden moments, golden memories

For me a new year sometimes just seemed to be a continuation of the year before. The only thing that seemed different was that...

Another Silent Night

World War 1 began on June 28, 1914, when Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was assassinated. In the book Silent Night, the...

American Legion Post 43

After World War I ended on November 11, 1918, thousands of servicemen returned home wanting to do more to preserve and protect the values...

Dedicated fire professionals keep us safe

In October we celebrate Fire Prevention Week. The great Chicago Fire burned from Oct. 8 to Oct, 10, 1871. Three years later, in 1874,...

WWII pilot training ground

Navy Pier is a popular attraction on Chicago’s lakefront. Yet, it wasn’t always just a fun place to visit. Created in 1916 for both recreational...

Creating a Lifetime Alliance

I am a member of the 786 Club. The goal of this club is to create a lifetime alliance between citizens and the crew...

Three primary purposes of the Declaration of Independence

In 1775, colonists in North America felt that they were overtaxed and needed to fight for their rights as subjects of the British Crown....

National Defense University

When I was much younger, I remember hearing that a strong military prevented future wars. I think that philosophy may have led to the...

Vietnam Veterans Day to Memorial Day

In 2012, President Barack Obama proclaimed that March 29 would be designated as Vietnam Veterans Day. In 2017 the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act...

Flights to salute veterans

As I was driving through my neighborhood, I saw a small sign that read “Honor Flight of Chicago Salutes Our Veterans.” I immediately knew...

Our armed forces by the numbers

For the past year I have heard statistics regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the CDC as I write this column in mid-February, there...

Our National Guard

A number of states, including Illinois, sent National Guard troops to Washington DC to ensure a safe transfer of power on Inauguration Day. As...

USS ILLINOIS prepares for 2021 deployment

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the comment “I can’t wait for 2020 to be over and for 2021 to be...

USO lifts holiday spirits

In 1941, before the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt wanted to create a new organization that would focus on lifting the...

Hurray for the Red, White and Blue!

Every year Veterans looked forward to participating in flag raisings and patriotic programs at our local schools in honor of Veterans Day. School District...

Celebrate the armed forces

I think everyone is looking for some reason to celebrate these days. I hope you’re able to celebrate the United States Navy birthday on...

Learn to Distinguish Rank and File

When I started dating Terry who later become my husband, he was in the Navy Reserves. He was amazed at how little I knew...

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