As we go through the daily grind of the work week, focusing on the job at hand, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture going on around the world. The United States has been engaged in two full-scale wars recently; and saber rattling from the governments of North Korea and Iran should serve to warn us that America could become involved in another major conflict with little or no warning in the future.
Keeping potential enemies from disrupting our personal and economic security as we attend to our weekly grind is the job of this country’s armed forces. That’s why we want to take this moment to note that May is National Military Appreciation Month and to offer a gesture of support for all our customers in the U.S. armed forces and to their colleagues.
Various organizations around the country during May will be holding activities, large and small, to recognize the contributions of veterans and active service members to the defense of our way of life, and May is the perfect month for these honors. The U.S Congress passed a resolution in 1999 establishing Military Appreciation Month, in part, due to the various holidays and observances already on the calendar: Loyalty Day (May 1), Public Service Recognition Week (May 5-10), Victory in Europe Day (May 8), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 10), Armed Forces Day (May 19), and Memorial Day (May 30). This year’s theme is “The United States Armed Forces: The Strength of the Red, White and Blue.”
As we mentioned in our last blog post, our team at Behlman has been privileged to work with members of the military in supplying power equipment to several branches of the armed forces for applications in a variety of frontline defense systems. We’ve helped the Navy with mission-critical units used for shipboard, airborne, and special operations purposes. We’ve worked with the Air Force to install power supplies for large-body, fixed-wing aircraft. We’ve worked to provide power components for the Army’s state-of-the-art Patriot Missile System. And the list goes on and on.
So as we go about the daily grind this month, we’ll be keeping in mind that the work we do plays some small part in helping the armed forces of America do their job: securing the nation. And we can take an occasional moment out of the day to salute the men and women in uniform who are carrying out that dangerous mission.