12 July 2014

July 2014

Here we meet again. The first half of 2014 is over and now we start the fast slide down to the holidays. Where does the time go? Seriously, just when we get used to writing 2014 on our checks we now have to get our minds wrapped around writing 2015. 

In the meantime, there are plenty of things going on here, there, and everywhere. 

Of course, we just celebrated our Nation’s Independence Day on the fourth. Did you know that 4 July is also BERLIN BRIGADE UNIT DAY? That is right, it was designated that in 1962 in recognition of the day the US Forces assumed the occupation of their sector in Berlin back in 1945. 

In France, July 14 is their National Day or “Bastille Day” the day that commemorates the start of the French Revolution or the storming of the Bastille. 

July 20 is Moon Day commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969, 45 years ago. 

That’s about it for holidays or other important days in July with the exception of National Ice Cream Day (July 20/ 3rd Sunday of the month) & National Lasagna Day (July 29). 

On a side note, many of the older Veterans will remember that on July 12, 1973 a fire destroys the entire sixth floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States. Things have not been the same since. 

A little closer to home, it was on July 25, 1961 US President John F. Kennedy gives a speech emphasizing that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO. Check out our website and Facebook page on the 25th for a little something on President Kennedy’s speech. 

Have a great rest of your July.

26 June 2014

World Cup 2014: USA vs. Germany (June 26, 2014)

Hello und Wie Gehts?  How are you? June 26, 2014. What a great day!


The title of this blog post is something that we have been familiar with for so very long: USA vs. Germany.

This time USA vs. Germany is all about the soccer pitch.  We knew this day was coming.  We knew this day was going to happen.  We have been excited and looked forward to this day since the 2014 World Cup group selections were announced.  When the United States was put in the same group as Germany, many of us on both sides of the Atlantic began looking forward to this day.

Well, that day is today! Who do we cheer for?

Many of us will cheer for the United States.  Many others will cheer for Germany.  Today, however, I find myself in a unique situation, I am cheering for both.

Born and raised in the United States, I cheer for the United States because that is my home team.  Having such a deep bond and a deep connection with Berlin and Germany, I cheer for Germany.  Then what makes it even more interesting is that there are five players on the U.S. team that have roots in Germany (dual citizenship) and the head coach is from Germany.  It can be difficult and deciding whom to root for becomes even more difficult.

Thus, I have decided that I will cheer for both teams and expect a very good match.  No matter who wins, loses, or ties, all of us are expecting a very good match in Brazil today.

Good Luck Team USA and Viel Glück Deutschland!

Who are you cheering for?

05 June 2014

June 2014

(Für deutsche unten gehen, bitte)

Greetings,
Well here we are again. Another month and another chance to say Hello. I do hope this post finds you and your family and friends in good health. Personally, May 2014 was a good month until a member of my family was suddenly taken from us on the weekend of Memorial Day. Off we went on an even sudden trip to St. Louis, Missouri.



Next time, we go to St. Louis will be on a much more slower pace and rest assured I will be planning a deliberate get together for those of you in the area. Be on the lookout for something to happen around Thanksgiving 2014.

Now let's press on. Hopefully, June will be much better for all of us.

The month of June is full of plenty of pomp and circumstance. 

June: High School and College Graduations. Time to get those young citizens out from the behind the books and into the workplace. If you know someone that's graduating, recommend them US ARMY INFANTRY. (Sorry, but that's my personal bias).


June 6: 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy. Take a moment to remember those soldiers that stormed the beaches and parachuted behind enemy lines. They started something that was left to last soldier in the Berlin Brigade to finish.


June 14: Flag Day. Fly that flag and be sure to send in your photos to BerlinBrigade.com either at dave at berlinbrigade.com or post them on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BerlinBrigade

June 15: Father's Day. Tell Dad we said "Happy Father's Day!"

June 21: Summer Solstice. The first day of Summer and it is also the longest day of the year. Remember, when we were in Berlin and we would go out to the clubs around 10pm, the sky would still be lit. Then when we would, finally, make it out, the sunlight was in full force. Talk about making a quick turnaround back into the club thinking we had not partied long enough.


There is plenty to do and see. Get out there, do and see something. Take some pictures and drop me a note about it dave [at] berlinbrigade.com


All The Way,
Dave Guerra
BerlinBrigade.com

10 May 2014

Greetings and Happy May 2014

(Für deutsche unten gehen, bitte)

Hello, here we are again. Another month and another visit to the BerlinBrigade.com website and the BerlinBrigade.com Blog. I do thank you for visiting. Please enjoy your stay.

This month, I plan on slowing it down just a bit. There are plenty of things going on outside the website that I just want to do that I will be disconnecting from the Internet a little more than normal.

Don't worry plenty of good things are still heading our way.

MAY 8, 2014 is the 69th Anniversary of the End of World War II in Europe or V-E Day

MAY 11, 2014 is Mother's Day! Tell Your Mom I said "Happy Mother's Day"

MAY 12, 2014 marks the 65th Anniversary of the end of the SOVIET BLOCKADE OF BERLIN. In 1949, the Soviets capitulated after realizing that the Berlin Airlift (Operation Vittles) was working. The amount of supplies coming in to the city was more than enough to sustain the citizens of Berlin. The Soviets couldn't compete so they had to try something different.

Several museums and organizations in the city of BERLIN, GERMANY are holding numerous memorial ceremonies. If you happen to be in Berlin tell them BERLINBRIGADE.com says HELLO and we are thinking about them.

MAY 12, 2014 is also the day that our very own David G. Guerra publishes AIR BRIDGE BERLIN. It is a story set in Berlin, chiefly Tempelhof airport during the heady days of the Berlin Airlift (Operation Vittles).  The story is centered on the hypothesis that cargo was not only flying in to Berlin but also flying out. Be on the look out for that at your local and online Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and most major online book sellers. (Click here to purchase a signed copy from the author)

MAY 17, 2014 is ARMED FORCES DAY here in the United States. "On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too." (Click here to read more at the DOD website)

ARMED FORCES DAY also marked the OFFICIAL START of the US ARMY BERLIN BRIGADE's "Parade Season". The "unofficial start" was the Monday before the Armed Forces Day parade when units would practice standing and marching on the Four Ring or Platz des 4. Juli (4th of July Platz).

MAY 26, 2014 is MEMORIAL DAY here in the United States. "Memorial Day is officially celebrated on the last Monday during the month of May. Memorial Day is dedicated to service men and women who gave their lives for freedom and country. It is also a time to remember loved ones who have passed away. The roots of Memorial Day observance, goes back to 1865 and the end of the Civil War."

There is plenty to do and see. Get out there, do and see something. Take some pictures and drop me a note about it dave [at] berlinbrigade.com

Thank you and talk to you soon.
Dave


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AUF DEUTSCH 
Hier sind wir wieder. Ein weiterer Monat und ein weiterer Besuch der Website und die BerlinBrigade.com BerlinBrigade.com Blog . Ich danke Ihnen für Ihren Besuch. Bitte genießen Sie Ihren Aufenthalt .In diesem Monat , ich plane auf verlangsamen nur ein bisschen. Es gibt viele Dinge, die sich außerhalb der Website , die ich gerade zu tun , dass ich aus dem Internet zu trennen , ein wenig mehr als normal werden.Sorgen Sie sich nicht viele gute Dinge sind immer noch auf uns zukommen .8. Mai 2014 ist der 69. Jahrestag des Endes des Zweiten Weltkriegs in Europa oder VE Day11. Mai 2014 ist Muttertag ! Sagen Sie Ihre Mutter sagte ich "Happy Day"12. Mai 2014 markiert den 65. Jahrestag des Endes der sowjetischen Blockade von Berlin. Im Jahre 1949 kapitulierte die Sowjets nach erkennen, dass die Berliner Luftbrücke (Operation Vittles ) arbeitete. Die Höhe der Lieferungen kommen in der Stadt war mehr als genug, um die Bürger von Berlin zu erhalten. Die Sowjets konnten nicht so konkurrieren sie hatten etwas anderes ausprobieren .12. Mai 2014 ist auch der Tag , die unsere eigenen David G. Guerra veröffentlicht AIR BERLIN BRIDGE . Es ist eine Geschichte in Berlin, vor allem Flughafen Tempelhof in den stürmischen Tagen der Berliner Luftbrücke (Operation Vittles ) eingestellt . Die Geschichte basiert auf der Hypothese, dass Ladung wurde nicht nur in Berlin zu fliegen , sondern auch fliegen zentriert. Seien Sie auf der Ausschau nach , dass bei Ihrem lokalen und Online- Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, und die meisten großen Online- Buchhändler . (Klicken Sie hier , um ein signiertes Exemplar von der Autorin zu erwerben )17. Mai 2014 ist Tag der Streitkräfte hier in den Vereinigten Staaten. " Am 31. August 1949 kündigte Verteidigungsminister Louis Johnson die Schaffung eines Streitkräfte-Tag zu trennen Army, Navy und Air Force Tagen ersetzen Die Ein-Tages- Feier stammte aus der Vereinigung der Streitkräfte unter einer Abteilung - . Die Department of Defense. Jede der militärischen Aufträge Ligen und wurde gebeten , die Trägerschaft seiner spezifischen Service- Tag, um die neu angekündigten Tag der Streitkräfte feiern sinken. die Armee nahm die neu gegründete Tag Navy und Air Force Ligen. Marine Corps Liga sank um Unterstützung für Marine Corps Tag fallen , sondern unterstützt Tag der Streitkräfte , auch. " (Klicken Sie hier , um mehr an der DOD Website zu lesen )• Tag der Streitkräfte war auch der offizielle Start der US-Army Berlin Brigade der "Parade Jahreszeit". Der " inoffizielle Start ", war der Montag vor dem Tag der Streitkräfte Parade , wenn Einheiten würden stehenden üben und marschieren auf dem Vier -Ring- oder Platz des 4 . Juli (4th of July Platz) .26. Mai 2014 ist MEMORIAL DAY hier in den Vereinigten Staaten. "Memorial Day ist offiziell am letzten Montag im Monat Mai gefeiert . Memorial Day ist Service-Männer und Frauen, die ihr Leben für Freiheit und Land gab gewidmet . Es ist auch eine Zeit, an die Lieben , die verstorben sind . Die Wurzeln erinnern von Memorial Day Einhaltung , geht zurück auf 1865 und dem Ende des Bürgerkriegs. "Es gibt viel zu tun und zu sehen . Holen Sie raus , und etwas tun . Nehmen Sie ein paar Bilder und schick mir eine Notiz es dave [at] berlinbrigade.com


13 April 2014

AIR BRIDGE BERLIN now accepting pre-sale orders (reduced rate)

Effective immediately, the second book in the Occupied Berlin series, "AIR BRIDGE BERLIN" is available for PRE-SALE ORDERS at the price $7.00 + $5.00 shipping.

"AIR BRIDGE BERLIN" will be published May 12, 2014 and will sell for $8.99 plus shipping on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and most major online retailers.  Purchasing the book through those outlet will not have a personalization option.

I am offering the PRE-SALE of a signed copy of "AIR BRIDGE BERLIN" the second book in the OCCUPIED BERLIN series exclusively through the SQUARE.com marketplace (see link below) for $7.00 + $5.00 shipping.

If you want this book personalized please include what to write or who to make it out to in the Comments Section when ordering.

ABOUT AIR BRIDGE BERLIN
“Air Bridge Berlin” is set in 1948 Berlin during Operation Vittles (Berlin Airlift). The story is about a US Army Soldier, an Infantryman, assigned to guard Tempelhof airport that is befriended by a young Berliner that was only there for the candy parachutes that were falling from the sky.

As their friendship grows, they are unaware that while the cargo planes are bringing food, medicine, fuel and other much needed supplies into the city something else was being flown out.

When the young Berliner sees something he was not supposed to, things start to heat up. He turns to his new friend to help and soon they are on a race against time. In “Air Bridge Berlin”, the reader will run into some old friends and meet a new friend to the Occupied Berlin series.


Thank you for your time and consideration,
David.

on Square Market

17 March 2014

For Immediate Release: "Air Bridge Berlin" by David G. Guerra (Cover Art Contest #1)

Alright, here's a something for everyone. When I wrote "Doughboy City" I was looking for a fantastic cover image then came across the photo by my friend, Charles R Sledge, and a few emails later his image became the cover image of the book. THANK YOU, CHARLES.

Now, it is your turn. Your shot at literary immortality. For the next book "AIR BRIDGE BERLIN", I am calling out to all the artists out there to submit your cover image design. So from now until April 5, 2014 I invite you to submit your art to dave@berlinbrigade.com.

Then from April 6 to 12 everyone will get a chance to vote for the image you think is the one that should go on the cover of "Air Bridge Berlin".

Here are a few things to consider: Infantryman, young Berliner male, C-47, C-54, Tempelhof Airport, Soviets, Spies/shadowy figures, city rubble, the Pilots, Ground crew and Berlin.

Images submitted should be your original artwork with the following dimensions: 200DPI and 6 inches by 6 inches. Please NO TEXT on the image.

Thank you and Good Luck.


03 March 2014

March 2014 Update

Greetings All,
Can you believe 2 months down and March is underway?

So much has happened in the past two months that one can only imagine what the rest of the year will bring.

Well, I welcome you here and I am glad that you stopped by. This month we have some good stuff on tap.

One of the first of the good stuff is the introduction of OPERATION LONG THRUST registry page. It has been long overdue but it is here now. I do invite you to stop by and check out the members listed there. I have been assured that we'll get more of participants of OPERATION LONG THRUST to join our rolls.

If you are not too sure what OPERATION LONG THRUST is or was, then I invite you to visit our eBooks and Downloadable content page and download the very informative article by our good friend JOHN PARMENTER.

Stick around we have more on the way,
Dave