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I was afforded the opportunity to attend Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s Armed Forces Farewell Tribute.  The preparation for the event was significant with numerous hours invested by every aspect including the training of each Military Services’ Honor Guard (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard).  It even included this segment performed by the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

All that said and with the perspective from the video… can you find me in the image below?

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's Armed Forces Farewell Tribute

[Full Speechs of CJCS General Dempsey, President Obama, SECDEF Panetta’s]

 

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The foundation of the paper is based upon an “Old Soldier’s” quote:

“Yours is the profession of arms, the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory, that if you lose, the Nation will be destroyed, that the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country.” – General Douglas MacArthur [farewell speech to West Point Cadets in May of 1962]

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, starts out a recent America’s Military – A Profession of Arms White Paper that encourages us to “renew our commitment to the Profession of Arms” to continue to shape Joint Force 2020.

The Key components of the paper are:

  1. Values
  2. The Military Profession 
  3. Trust
  4. Leadership as the Foundation – Strengthening our Profession of Arms
  5. Mission Command
  6. Jointness – Strength from Diversity
  7. The Way Ahead – Advancing the Profession of Arms
I found that the Leadership as the Foundation section reflected my most rewarding experiences.  The necessity to build and maintain trust while inspiring others to achieve has always been the most rewarding for me personally.  This requires of the leader the ability to be an “expert at becoming an expert.”  I’ve found that the ability to learn and understand something faster than another individual allows me to lead and mentor others with more confidence and greater results.
The Way Ahead: Proficient in combat, security, engagement, relief and reconstruction.  Remain Responsive and Resilient!  Semper Gumby!
[via JCS]

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I’ve been much more interested in reducing energy, saving electricity and improving energy efficiency in homes from the moment I first heard Amory Lovins speak at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) in the mid 2000’s.  From his inspiration I started reviewing my own life and focused its energy expenditures.  I started with household light bulbs.  In the pursuit to reduce our home electricity use and save on electricity and utility costs I immediately purchased numerous CFLs and started ensuring the old incandescent bulbs were removed and replaced.  What I found was that I was on the early end of the Technology adoption cycle and that many of these bulbs could not be used with dimmers, didn’t give off a similar warm light that the incandescent bulbs provided (which my wife hated!), and although the energy expenditure was less the early CFLs still left something to be desired.

Enter the Lighting Prize (L Prize) by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE).  Wanting a Thomas Edison like transformation of illumination DoE set forth a challenge to competitively develop a new and exceptionally well crafted and tested LED light bulb.  Philips was the lighting contest winner.  They produced an exceptional product which is now known as the Philips 10-Watt Lighting Prize (L Prize) Award Winning 60-Watt LED Light Bulb.  The L Prize Light Bulb appears to have corrected the major issues that I experienced with the early CFLs.  However the useful lifetime of more than 25,000 hours, compared with 1,000 to 3,000 hours for the  incandescent products these highly efficient bulbs are intended to replace.   Yet the Philips L-Prize is still debuting as a $60 Philips light bulb.  But even in the couple of months since the bulb’s announcement and release the price has dropped on average 10% and is near an average of $50 for the Philips Bulb.

I’ve found the Philips 10-Watt L-Prize Award Winning 60-Watt LED Light Bulb in a couple key places; this will help you get the best deal!

Direct from Amazon ($49.97 +Free Shipping)
HomeDepot ($49.97 + Free Shipping)
BulbAmerica ($49.95 + Free Shipping on orders over $50)
EFI ($49.95 + Shipping)  Plus Check out their Product Rebates by State on the right side of their page.
EarthLED via Amazon ($53.99 + Free Shipping)
Bulbs.com ($59.99 + Free Shipping)

Don’t forget to fill out and send in this Rebate for an additional $10 off.

I ran a quick comparision of a 60 watt incandescent and the L-Prize Bulb.  I’d with a few advantageous assumptions in the L Prize’s favor (made by their comparison tool) I’d recover the investment cost in approximately 1.1 years.  Either way I’m looking forward to getting one and testing it out (and see if the wife notices any differences!).

L Prize Comparison Chart

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