WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 11/10/21

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Today, November 10, 2021, Marines across the globe will recognize and acknowledge 246 years of service to their country, the sacrifices made to defend democracy, and the Marine Corps’ enduring legacy as America’s premier fighting force.

The Marine Corps’ annual tradition celebrates the establishment of the organization on November 10, 1775, by the Second Continental Congress. Following their role in the American Revolution, the Marines were abolished following the Treaty of Paris in April 1783. Then, on July 11, 1798, Congress ordered the creation of the Marine Corps and directed that it be available for service under the Secretary of the Navy.

The birthday, also known as Marine Corps Day, was originally celebrated on July 11 from 1799 until 1921 when Major General John A. Lejeune, 13th Commandant, issued an order to formalize the tradition and establish the official day to honor the birthday of the Marine Corps. The ceremony traditionally includes a guest of honor, a reading of Gen. Lejeune’s birthday message and the current Commandant’s message, recognition of the oldest and youngest Marine present, and a cake cutting.
In this year’s annual message, Commandant of the Marine Corps General David H. Berger and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy Black pays tribute to the men and women who joined following September 11, 2001. These Marines were called to serve as an elite counter-insurgency force and made great contributions in the deserts of Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Northern Africa.
“As we mark the 20th anniversary of those who fought the war on terror and are now retiring, we want them to know that we appreciate their courage, sacrifice, and the valor they showed during this conflict,” said General Berger.
In the message, General Berger and Sergeant Major Black also share their vision for young Marines, who have important roles to play in continuing the legacy of Marines as amphibious warfighters.
“The next generation of Marines may operate differently and in different places than the Marines who wear the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor today. Yet they will join a long and proud heritage of Marine fighters who have never turned from a threat or an enemy. We will always remain most ready when our Nation is least ready because we must protect our shores and our citizens. And as the next evolution of warfighting becomes our reality, it will still be the Marines who defend this Nation,” said Gen. Berger.
On 10 November, regardless of where Marines are stationed, or deployed, whether they are still on Active Duty, Reserve, or a former Marine, you will always hear “Happy Birthday, Marine.”


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 11/03/21

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

 

The majority of Americans agree that drunk driving is wrong. But when it comes to texting while driving, motorists tend to take a more relaxed view, even though studies show that texting may be even more dangerous than driving while impaired.

Is Texting More Dangerous Than Drinking and Driving?

Research suggests that in some ways, texting is the new drunk driving. Even popular culture recognizes the phenomenon, dubbing texting while driving accidents as “intextigated” crashes. It’s a clever term, but hardly a laughing matter.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than intoxicated driving. The Transport Research Laboratory found that writing a text message slows driver reactions by 35 percent while drinking alcohol up to the legal limit slows reactions by 12 percent. Another study stated that texting drivers react 23 percent slower than intoxicated drivers do.

It’s also important to note that motorists’ attitudes don’t always align with their actions. Most people insist that drinking and driving is wrong. It’s the same response with texting. In a recent AAA study, 96 percent of respondents identified texting while driving as a “dangerous” or “very dangerous” action. Yet 43.7 percent of them admitted to reading a text message while driving and 42.7 percent acknowledged typing one behind the wheel, even though they knew could get caught by police.

None of this is meant to dismiss the fact that drunk driving is still a serious problem in the United States. However, NHTSA reports that drunk driving fatalities have dropped by a third in the last 30 years. At the same time, it cautions that texting while driving crashes are likely underreported. No matter how you look at it, American motorists are facing a deadly double threat.

Life is busy, but it’s also precious. The solution is simple — just don’t text while driving. If you really can’t wait to read a message, pull over and stop first. If you’re afraid you’ll give in to temptation, put the phone out of reach or ask a passenger to read the message and reply for you. When driving, safety for you, your passengers, your fellow motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists should always be the top priority. Too many people believe they can multitask while driving when in reality it’s something the human brain is incapable of. It’s just not worth the risk.