North Carolina group raises funds on Memorial Day weekend for Special Forces families

Fair Barn at the Duskin & Stephens Foundation event at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina

Fayetteville, North Carolina - In a sea of mud surrounding the Capitol building, thousands gathered on Saturday, March 4, 1865, to witness Abraham Lincoln’s second inauguration. The Civil War, running for four long years, was weeks from ending and the focus of his address. Stepping to the edge of the East Portico to address a wounded nation, Lincoln’s speech was much shorter than his first.

The end, found in the fourth paragraph, included a plea for the soldiers caught in this conflict. “(T)o care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan …” On this Memorial Day, we look to a pair of men who are doing just that for today’s soldiers with the Duskin and Stephens Foundation.

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From Sportsman Channel - Sportsman Channel Deploys Lt. Col. Oliver North as Host for Season Two of “Saving Private K-9”

Lt. Col. Oliver North

Premiering Thursday, April 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Series chronicles stories of military and law enforcement service dogs and handlers

Lt. Col. Oliver North is well known to Americans familiar with U.S. military activities and beyond. Among his prestigious honors, Lt. Col. North is a combat-decorated U.S. Marine, best-selling author, military correspondent for FOX News and – the new host of the award-winning original series Saving Private K-9 on Sportsman Channel.

Join Lt. Col. North for the powerful stories about fearless American service dogs and their handlers. Season Two of Saving Private K-9 – produced by Pilgrim Studios – premieres on Thursday, April 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

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NFM and more than 2,000 museums provide free admission for military families through Labor Day

The President Theodore Roosevelt collection at the National Firearms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - The National Firearms Museum is joining more than 2,000 museums across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa in this year's Blue Star Museum program. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts in a collaborative effort with Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense, Blue Star Museums provide free admission to active duty, National Guard, and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014.

“As we kick off our fifth year of Blue Star Museums, more museums than ever are part of this military appreciation program,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “Together with Blue Star Families and more than 2,000 museums, we are proud to help connect military families with the cultural resources in their communities.”

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NRA now accepting toys and donations for Marine Toys for Tots Program

Marine Toys for Tots was founded in 1947 Fairfax, Virginia - Toys for Tots was founded by reservist Major Bill Hendricks back in 1947. Since then, the program has distributed more than 350 million toys to just over 160 million children. Like more business and organizations in the DC Metro area, the National Rifle Association is lending a hand.

From now until December 12, visitors and employees can be donate to this worthwhile charity in one of two ways.

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From Aimpoint - Aimpoint awarded contract by Naval Surface Warfare Center

Chantilly, Virginia - Aimpoint, the originator and world leader in electronic red dot sighting technology, has been awarded an $8.7 million, five-year IDIQ contract by the U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division for supply of sights and mounts for the Enhanced Combat Optical Sight – Optimized (ECOS-O) program. The ECOS-O integrated system combines the battle proven Aimpoint Micro T-1 sight with the Leupold® Mark 6® 3-18x44mm riflescope. This combination of optics allows operators to utilize the non-magnified red dot sight both as a primary optic, as well as a fast way to acquire targets for long range identification and engagement using the magnified Leupold scope.

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National Rifle Association donates toys and games to Toys for Tots

From right to left, Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, NRA Secretary Major Jim Land (USMC Retired), NRA President David Keene and NRA 2nd Vice President Allan Cors

Fairfax, Virginia - It was a special afternoon here at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax. On top of our yearly awards ceremony, we had a visit from representatives of the United States Marine Corps. They were here for the toys.

Toys for Tots to be specific.

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National Guardsman Gormley promoted to full bird Colonel

Colonel Guy Gormley displays the NRA banner that flew in Bagram, Afghanistan at the NRA Museum

Around this time last year, the National Firearms Museum played host to a very important ceremony — the promotion of Lieutenant Colonel Guy Gormley to full Colonel. Here's a look back:
Fairfax, Virginia - The National Firearms Museum played host last week to a very special event. After almost twenty-five years of service, first with the United States and then with the National Guard, Lieutenant Colonel Guy Gormley received promotion to the rank of Colonel. And what better place for an NRA Life Member to hold such a ceremony then inside the Robert E. Petersen Gallery at the NRA National Firearms Museum.

Filled to the rim, Gormley was accompanied by his parents, wife Sara, daughter Katherine and son Guy … not to mention the crowd of co-workers and friends he picked up along the way. Overseeing the ceremony was Colonel James P. Bagely.

Read the full promotion story here on NRAblog.

Seventy-two years ago today, August 16, 1940, the Army Parachute Test Platoon conducted its first jump. Their success validated the innovative concept of inserting United States ground combat forces behind a battle line via parachute.

A little over two years later the first US Airborne operation occurred when 531 members of the 2nd Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment participated in Operation Touch in North Africa.

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Blue Star Museum Project for military families The National Firearms Museum is part of an elite group. Yes, they're a museum. Sure, they have an incredible collection of American History. But the elite group part of our meaning is that now they are part of the Blue Star Museum Initiative.

Created by the National Endowment of the Arts, in a collaborative effort with Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense, Blue Star Museums provide free admission to military personnel as well as members of their family. A summertime project, Blue Star begins on Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day.

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