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Deploy Peace Contest

June 3, 2009

Deploy Peace logo

A while ago I was flipping through magazines and came across an article in Ladies Home Journal featuring a company called Deploy Peace.  I quickly read the article to myself and then had to reread the entire thing for The Husband with growing awe and wonderment at what these women are doing for our troops.

The Husband has a long-standing obsession with the modified peace symbol using a B-52 bomber in place of typical peace symbol.  There on the pages in front of me were these incredible dog tags made of upcyled aircraft parts staring me in the face.  I shot off an email to Karen at Deployed Peace and asked if she’d mind if I featured her here, showing off her products.  Not only did she not mind, she generously offered to sponsor a giveaway for my dear readers and friends.  Together, with the lovely Karen of Deployed Peace we’re giving away five dog tags made of upcycled aircraft.

Deploy Peace in the making

Before I give the rules for the giveaway I want to tell you about this company, it’s an amazing story that needs to be shared.  A few years ago, Karen, of Deployed Peace encountered a woman who’s son had recently deployed. With tears in her eyes, the woman cried, “I just want something of his I can hold on to.”  The conversation floated through Karen’s mind as the days wore on.  Passing the bone-yard at Davis Monthan Air Force Base on her daily commute, an idea came to Karen.  Why not make something out of those planes that are here for eternity? Karen researched purchasing scrap metal from the base where the aircraft so elegantly sat parked for their ultimate retirement.

Davis Monthan Boneyard

Davis Monthan Boneyard

A proud supporter of the military, Karen fashioned the dog-tags from aircraft metal.  The dog-tags are unrefined, simply cut from an aircraft in the shape of a standard-issue military dog tag.  To me, this is one of the most amazing parts.  Holding one of the Deploy Peace dog tags, you hold a piece of American History.  The dog tag will be raw metal from a B-52 or C-130.  Not only has she found a way for family members hold on to a piece of their loved ones while deployed, she’s found a way to connect our history to our present.

Now about the giveaway: Karen and I want to know what makes you proud of the military or proud to be an American living the dream the military affords you.  We want you to leave a comment with 200 words or less (some of my tweeps were complaining that at least 200 words was way too much) explaining why you support our troops.  As a Marine daughter and sister as well as being a proud Air Force wife, I cannot contain my pride for our troops.  I can tell you that being part of the military community has driven home the idea that each of us desire peace.  None of us want to fight a war or pack our husband’s mobility bag for another deployment.  We do, however, understand the reality of war and the selfless dedication our troops have when it comes to defending our freedom.

I anxiously await your comments about our troops.  The giveaway will end June 11th and 4 winners will be chosen by random number, the fifth winner will be chosen by Karen for their heartfelt words.

C130 flap

Now, warm up your keyboards because I’m completely excited to hear what you have to say!  Good luck!

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Shirley Brondum permalink
    June 3, 2009 10:30

    I can start by saying that as the wife of an Army Sergeant serving his second term overseas this year, it has been very difficult this year. My husband and I have an 8mo. old boy, which is the spitting image of his father. The last time that Frank saw his son was when he was 2mo old. During this year of deployment, I decided to be a stay-at-home mom, which is very difficult for me, being that I have always worked long hours and had become used to being a work-a-holic. Well, this year definitely has whooped my a**, as far as hard work is concerned, because this is the hardest, and most rewarding job I have ever had. Without my hubby being deployed this year, I would not have been able to do this and I am so proud of him for sacrificing his year, so that Kael and I could have one together. Although, he misses his son, I promised to send him a picture everyday so that he does not miss a thing. As far as the 200 word limit goes, I may have exceeded it, but I just wanted to post these words of support and encouragement for the military, my husband, and many others. I am proud of being an American, an Army wife, and a military supporter! HOOWWAAA!

  2. June 3, 2009 10:36

    God Bless you girl! I’ll say an extra prayer for your honey tonight!

  3. June 3, 2009 11:30

    Some of the few good memories I have of my childhood, when my father was around, are of the smell of his uniform, the polish on his boots, the little trinkets he would occasionally bring back from wherever he was sent. He could never talk about it.
    I think that’s what started my fascination with the military.
    I wanted to be a Marine – but I was told that it was impossible for a little girl from South Africa. So I filed that dream away with (many) others that were impossible (or so I was told) but I’ve always been secretly in love with the US Military. I admire the great history, the incredible drive, the honour, the courage, the commitment, the discipline.
    I wanted to fly the jets at first (thanks to Topgun!) then I saw the big beautiful planes (especially the C-130s and the B-52s!), and then I finally laid eyes on the helicopters and that was it for me. I was hooked. Chinooks and Hueys and Blackhawks, oh my! *swoon*

    In amongst all this, I also became a Soldier’s Angel – the only thing I could do to support the warriors that I adore so heartily, from here in my little town in Africa. Then, one day, along came the love of my life. A letter I wrote (through Soldier’s Angels) went to a young (very!) combat medic in the US Army. Full of life and dreams and attitude. He swept me off my feet, from hundreds of miles away, and I’ve not looked back since.
    We are still separated by a great distance, and will be for a long time still, but we have been through so much together already, that I am hopeful and excited (for the first time in my life) about the future. Our future.
    The future, and freedom that the military fight for, and sacrifice themselves for, every day.
    I am a PROUD Army girlfriend. I support him in every way I can.
    And I also support the military (even though it’s not “my” military) in every way I can.
    I would wear these tags with a happy grin and a glint of pride in my eye.
    The legacy of these great beautiful beasts of the air, is nothing short of legendary.
    I would be proud to be part of that.

  4. June 3, 2009 13:46

    Why do I support our troops? To start, because I am one of them. I have one of the most amazing jobs in the world. Not only do I get to serve my country, I get to do it with some of the most amazing men and women I have ever met. I had the honor of serving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, South Carolina from 2003-2006. During that time, I trained over 1200 female recruits (my drill instructors did all of the work, but they were still my responsibility!). I was always in awe of these young women who felt so passionately about serving their country as Marines. I don’t know why it was so touching, since I felt the same way, but to see an 18 year old girl so excited about becoming a Marine…it is very motivational.

    I can only speak of Marines, since that is all I know, but since I am currently in Iraq, I see the dedication and motivation these Marines have on a daily basis. In a time when they know they will deploy, these young men and women keep coming into the Marine Corps. I came into the Marine Corps before 9/11. I knew there was always a possibility of war, but there wasn’t anything going on at that time. These men and women knew what they were getting into and came anyway. Their drive and determination keeps me going and I strive to be a better officer for them.

    I see the support we get from back home and it touches me each time. Care packages, letters, notes…all are amazing and if you are doing any of that, know that it is appreciated many times over. I have wanted to be a Marine for as long as I can remember. I am living my dream as a Marine and will spend the rest of my life supporting the military.

  5. S. Kensinger-Clark permalink
    June 3, 2009 16:44

    Wanted to say the idea of doing something for families of deployed soldiers is wonderful (being a spouse has its challenges, as you know). I’m very proud of my husband (he’s active duty), my soldiers (I no longer wear BDUs/ACUs, I’m an DoD civilian now) and my former soldiers . . . they all agreed to do a job knowing that they may need to put themselves in harms way and they don’t think twice about why. Please do not enter me into the contest . . . it would be too difficult to have a loved one’s dog tag (based on why dog tags were created). Thank you for your sevice as a military wife.

  6. June 3, 2009 18:08

    I am proud to be an American and the granddaughter of World War II Army and Navy veterans, the daughter of a former Navy officer, and the wife of an active duty Air Force chaplain. I am proud of my husband’s work with the Air Force. He encourages and counsels Air Force men and women, their spouses and families, and still preaches a pretty darn good sermon on a Sunday morning! I am always proud to tell others about the work my husband is doing.

    I hope that the small contributions I can make to the military spouse community at large as well as locally are helpful. I don’t do it for the glory, but to help others the way I wish someone would’ve helped me when we were brand-new to military life.

    Overall, I have had it a lot easier than many military spouses. My husband has only been deployed once overseas. He’s around a lot more now than when he was working three jobs. The military has been great for our family thus far, and I appreciate it.

    When our time here is over, and God and the Air Force move us on to our next assignment, I’ll be so grateful for our first assignment in North Dakota, and all that I learned here.

  7. June 4, 2009 10:09

    I think this is a really neat idea! My husband is a pilot leaving in July on his 3rd 7mo deployment since August ’07! I can relate to the feeling of wanting to wear a momento or him around my neck! Super cute, too!

  8. Kate permalink
    June 4, 2009 14:57

    I’ll go ahead and say, I’ve never served. There are many times I wish I could, but I’m basically forbidden from doing so (in a loving way). I am, however, surrounded by veterans whom I love and appreciate. My father and his brother served in Vietnam – Daddy as an Air Force SSGT and my uncle in the Army, though his grade is unknown (to me). My mother’s father is a decorated WWII Army veteran, 2LT in the first RADAR unit in the country, out of Augusta, GA. My DH is (technically) a veteran of the GA ANG, though he refuses to accept his technical status. His father and grandfather both served in the US Navy, his father as a Marine’s best friend (8404 corpsman) and his grandfather as an ET for 22 years. I have one cousin who currently a corpsman (PO2) in South Carolina, her brother just graduated O-class from the Citadel; and a cousin in the Marines (Gunner’s Mate in HI, the lucky bugger). I LOVE MY MILITARY.

    I cry at TAPS. Every time. I think a trip to Arlington would be a dream, though infinitely sad. I will do anything I can to make soldiers’ lives easier, because without them I wouldn’t have the freedoms I enjoy today. They have sacrificed so much to allow me the abilities and opportunities I have, and there is no possible way I can repay them. There are no words adequate for the admiration, devotion and affection I have for our US military men and women. The bravery, strength, resiliency and human kindness displayed every day by our forces is moving and wonderful, and no matter what happens in the media through the poor decisions of individual summer soldiers or of the puppet-masters in the government who have never served and don’t know what’s going on outside their offices, I will always and forever support MY military, and those who are proud to serve within its ranks.

  9. June 4, 2009 16:16

    Every branch of my family going back to the Revolutionary War has served in some form or fashion. I am a supporter, not a fighter. I know my limitations and I’m not in the military nor have I ever been, but I’m a proud supporter and a proud descendant of a long line of military heroes. They may not all have been decorated, but every single one who served is a hero in my eyes.

    I live near an air base, and we see servicemen and women all the time. Every time I see someone in uniform, I want to go up to them and just hug them, thank them for the sacrifices they and their families make on a daily basis for me, my family, my neighbors, my fellow countrymen. But I’m a big chicken and I never do it. I don’t want them to think I’m some kind of loopy nut. 🙂

    Instead, I bake. I found Cat through the Baking Gals website and it has opened up a font of caring and emotion inside me that I had not known existed with such richness. To me, every batch of cookies that I send overseas is taking a piece of my love and concern to someone who needs to know they aren’t alone out there. Since starting last November, I have looked into the history of our family flag, 100 years old almost, and presented by the Army to an ancestor. He had taken care of the troops on their way to and from WW1, in his home, with his own funds, because it was the right thing to do.

    People who are critical of military service people and their families have no room to talk. Our servicemen and women don’t choose to go to war. They don’t join up because they want to kill the enemy. They join because for them, it’s the right thing to do, and when the country comes calling, they go, because it’s the right thing to do.

    Bless you Cat, your man, your friends, family, everyone. Stay safe.

  10. Julie permalink
    June 4, 2009 21:38

    The day I became an Air Force mom was the day my life changed, and became one of new perspectives, new interests, and sometimes new worries. I support the troops because as a Soldier’s Angel, I don’t want a single soldier to go unloved. How is it possible that we can find the time to discuss the conflicts overseas and yet not find the time to write a letter, send an email, or put together a thoughtful package? We think in terms of the “numbers” of people deployed overseas instead of the individuals–who need us. Supporting the troops isn’t a sentiment, it’s an action. The most important part of my week is the part that is spent supporting my soldiers. It’s not really a question of why I do what I do, it’s a question of why wasn’t I doing it all along?

  11. June 6, 2009 10:46

    For me, military support is easy. Being abused violently by a drug addicted father (who ironically came from a good family w/good role models around him), I only had one parent who was hardly around because she worked so much, sometimes 3 jobs @ a time to keep us in a safe, middle-to-upper class neighborhood. The extended folks around me were almost all military folks, which even included Lt.Gen. Honore’s family (Sharon & Anita) that I attended and traveled to and from junior & high school with. Seeing him in action during aftermath of Katrina immediately made me sit up (literally) because he reminded me of all the parents I was around constantly everyday – no nonsense, get it done & don’t judge others in the process.

    In the past few years, I’ve lost two great uncles. One a Peace Corps member, US Marine and New Orleans Police Officer (Narcotics). He was like an older brother and voice of wisdom AND OMG HILARIOUS! I really miss our talks, but will never forget them.He died way too young at age 49.

    The other uncle served in both WWII and Korean in both Army and Navy. I always admired him only to later learn about his early family and military life which left me in awe. He was great before the military, but I think the military made his greatness shine more.

    I would grow up surrounded by military folks who all had a different story and background, yet all had the same determination, integrity, and dignity in spite of limitations. I am now regretting backing out of joining military before college. But then after college, I may not have worked with multiple Vietnam USMC and Navy vets at Palm Computing when Palm was just starting out. These folks brought integrity home. Their lives were amazing, their wives were incredible and their kids were awesome. Just lunching w/them all was amazing, and always a blast. And it’s always good to see them when in town.

    Truly blessed to be surrounded by so many great folks who continually give me the reminder of life when I really needed it! They have taught me tolerance, unconditional love, faith, and how to laugh esp. at myself. They also remind me of what I’m capable of so that I’m not focusing only on what bad folks have done. :o)

    Biggest regret: chosing to go it alone w/out them for years (work even vacations overseas), thinking I didn’t need them or anyone, only to meet one horrible person after another. But sometimes it takes jackasses to make you appreciate the beauty and power of horses!

  12. June 12, 2009 15:58

    As a former Army soldier and military brat, I am a proud supporter of our troops. I spent four years in the military and I learned to appreciate everything that goes into it. I saw the families worried about their military member’s future and yet proud of them. I saw young men and women who didn’t just take a job out of high school but wanted to make a difference for themselves and their country. These people do so much for so little and do not ask for much in return. Respect is earned and when you wear a uniform, you earn the respect of millions because without them, we would not have the many luxuries we share in this country where even those in our most poverty striken areas are still better off then many in other nations. I can promise you that the majority of our armed services men and women may wear camo but their hearts are truly red, white, and blue and will do whatever it takes to maintain our way of life. It has been defined that a hero is someone who is willing to risk their life but would prefer to live it if given the chose and that is the very definition of our military, our heroes.

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