National Airborne Day

Photo by Staff Sgt. Sara Keller via  Flickr

Photo by Staff Sgt. Sara Keller via Flickr

National Airborne Day, observed on August 16th each year, celebrates the accomplishments of Army parachute tradition. The Army’s Airborne Rangers and the Army Golden Knights parachute team are among the best-known American paratrooper organizations, and the accomplishments of Army paratroopers are noted across more than seven decades of service include the Iraq war in 2003.

United States DoD Birthday

U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jonathan W. Padish via  Flickr

U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jonathan W. Padish via Flickr

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) was established August 10th, 1949. Although, the federal government has overseen the U.S. Armed forces since our nation’s inception, the Department of Defense name and centralized defense department was not established until the late 1940s. The “official” anniversary of the creation of the Department of Defense as we know it in modern times is August 10. Established in 1949 thanks to an amended National Security Act (more on that below) the agency is run by the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) with the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the various military services operating subordinately to the SECDEF.

Purple Heart Day

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Fahey via  Flickr

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Fahey via Flickr

Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7 each year and is a time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. Purple Heart Day is also known as National Purple Heart Day, Purple Heart Recognition Day and Purple Heart Appreciation Day.