Current Issue

Buddy Poppies at the Edmonds Farmers Market

The Post will man a booth at the Edmonds Farmers Market on Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend (May 29) to distribute Buddy Poppies and “show the flag” between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM. See Duane Bowman at the Post meeting if you wish to participate.

Post Poppy Chair Duane Bowman with Don Stapleton, Alden Gilliland and Commander Rose at at an earlier event set up much as we will be on the 29th. 

Post Meeting to Continue In “Hybrid”

Your choice; in person or “Zoom” 

After more than a year of COVID quarantine, we met in person for our April meeting and will once again be meeting at the Edmonds American Legion Hall on May 19 at 6:00 pm. We are still in the phase of needing to keep the hall at 50 percent capacity, but do not anticipate a problem, since our regular Post meetings rarely approach that number of attendees. 

We expect members attending in person to be masked and to maintain social distancing. We are not yet able to serve meals again, so plan on supper before or after the meeting. 

If you are not yet vaccinated, or just not comfortable attending in person, you are welcome to sign in to participate via Zoom. ( https://zoom.us/j/99297913528 ) The Post has invested in new equipment to better facilitate the Zoom option and we expect to continue to provide it. We look forward to seeing all of our comrades once again. 

The installation of Post Officers for the coming 2021-22 VFW year will take place this monthe. The new officers, elected at the April Post meeting are shown below. 

Post Surgeon Needed

Our surgeon position for fiscal year 2021 to 2022 is open for nominations. If you or anyone you know, would like to fill that position please contact Commander Rose. 

The Surgeon takes care of all of our community service and hospital reports to state and will also continue to take care of our membership records. 

Update: Dan White Inducted into OCS Hall of Honor

Update: Dan White Inducted into OCS Hall of Honor

You may recall from the February 2020 Post meeting, hearing of Post 8870 member Dan White’s appointment to the OCS Hall of Honor. Induction is automatic for any OCS graduate who has received the Medal of Honor or attained general officer rank. Other nominees are selected based on their distinguished service in their civilian and military careers. A computerized kiosk provides photos and biographies of all inductees. 

Dan recently told us that the induction ceremony will be held in person at a gathering at Fort Benning in Georgia this summer for which he will be traveling east. Congratulations once again to Dan. 

Military Trivia

by Carl Kurfess 

Trivia: Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) slang, Part 1

Some terms commonly used in OEF, specifically in Afghanistan. 

  • At the top of the spear. Describing the leading unit in combat. 
  • Charlie Mike. Continue Mission. 
  • Indigs. Indigenous people; local natives. 
  • Optempo. OpBmum tempo. 
  • Oscar Mike. On mission. 
  • Pop smoke. Let’s get out of here. 

Works cited: Dickson, Paul. War Slang: Fighting Words and Phrases of Americans from the Civil War to the Gulf War. New York: Bristol Park, 2007. Print.