Sunday, November 30, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Thank you to everyone that is now or has visited and contributed to this blog. The constant visitations from around the world, even when not posting new information, encouraged me to continue. This motivation coalesced into a new day for the blog. We are in the process of making many changes over the coming days, weeks, and months.
Today, I accomplished something started in 2010 with the first blog post here. With the help of my brother, PH1 James T. Kairis, also a Cold War Veteran, we have started:
The Proud Cold Warrior Society
Society - noun - [suh-sahy-i-tee] - an organized group of persons associated together for religious, benevolent, cultural, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes.
I think the word fits the idea quite well.
The Society will be a place for fellow Cold War Veterans who are proud of their service to connect with like minded veterans worldwide, find old friends, and to learn more about what other Cold War Veterans accomplished and endured while in the service of their country between 1945 and 1991. Think of it as a fraternal organization. Military veterans, civilian government employees and contractors in a Cold War role are encouraged to join.
The Society logo is representative of the Cold War in the following manner: the map shows that it was a global conflict, the flags are for the two major combatants, the ring shows unity of purpose, and the missiles represent the MAD doctrine that dominated a world on the verge of nuclear destruction.
From now through December 31st you can order a Proud Cold Warrior t-shirt and receive a lifetime membership in The Proud Cold Warrior Society. We will also throw in free shipping!
We have made a commitment to purchase American made goods whenever possible so we have contracted for quality American Apparel t-shirt blanks to be used exclusively!
You can access the link here: teespring.com/proudcoldwarrior?pr=freeship14 to place your order. Multiple colors (olive drab, navy blue, royal blue) are offered as well as black and white.
Watch for additional information about our migration to a self hosted website and blog in January 2015.
Also, please remember that we value your input and welcome you to provide a 300-500 word story on your Cold War service. It can be a funny, serious, historical, or a combination of all three! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of your interest in being published.
The Society and the sale of Proud Cold Warrior labeled products will support charity organizations that help Homeless Veterans in the USA. I think it is safe to say that most Homeless Veterans today are probably Cold War Veterans.
Once again, thank you all. Your support is appreciated.
The Proud Cold Warrior
I'd Like to acknowledge our artist that designed the new logo and other images for the Society. He took an initial sketch done by my wife Barbara and refined it into what you see above. Adam Icenogle - if you would like to hire him, contact Adam at email@example.com or https://www.facebook.com/AdamIcenogleStudio.
He also did the logo for my other venture, JohnnyKs Rod n Custom - Five Decades of Building Cool Cars - teespring.com/johnnyksrodncustom?pr=freeship14
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Proud Cold Warrior
On Vets Day, thank a Cold Warrior
Sunday, November 9, 2014
The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 25th Anniversary
25 Years! Seems like yesterday. A member of a Cold War Facebook group I belong to asked yesterday, Where were you when the Wall came down? Hundreds of comments quickly filled the stream. My cell phone was buzzing so much at work I had to silence it.
To be honest, I do not remember exactly. 25 years ago, I was probably on a sales call somewhere, now a civilian, making a living selling computers for a company in Pennsylvania. I remember being ecstatic though when I saw the evening news broadcast. The first thing I thought was - It won't be long, the USSR will fail now that the people have a taste of freedom. I and millions of others were right. The Soviet Union did collapse as we all know.
The web is all buzzing with stories about the wall, and sorry to say, the appearance that we may be on the verge of a new Cold War with Russia. Diminished as she may be, but formidable and on a re-surge militarily; Russia is proving to be a thorn in the West's side once again.
Today I have decided to use the occasion of the 25th anniversary and do two post. The first article is from the historical viewpoint and what the 25th anniversary of the Wall coming down meant. There will be a second post of an article that I feel touches on the topics of why the Cold War is restarting.
With the restart of the Cold War, I decided to invest more time in this historical blog and also start a new blog to cover the discussions and events. I decided to call the blog Cold War 2.0 versus The New Cold War, or Cold War Part Deux (other titles considered) because as with a software upgrade, the original version is just changing, it never really ended.
With this change, I am also upgrading the blog technology. The blog will continue on Blogspot for a while while I update the look feel, and capabilities with Wordpress. I am also going to produce t-shirts, caps, etc for purchase. I am proud of my service in the Cold War and I have discovered many other veterans are as well. Watch for the Proud Cold Warrior logo soon along with the new blog roll out later this year.
Thank you very much for visiting. Please read the two additional post this day and check back soon for the new and improved blogs.
The Proud Cold Warrior
SHARE YOUR COLD WAR STORY !
Where did you serve? Military or Civilian? Stateside or Overseas. Fulda Gap? Berlin? NATO? CIA? State Department? The Dew Line? On a Missile Battery? Down in a Silo? At Sea? Under the Sea? In the Air? According to the VA over 26 million Vets are still alive. I'd bet that most served in the 1945-1991 time frame and I'd like to share your story on this blog. As long as it isn't still classified, email me with your story and I will post it here. firstname.lastname@example.org