The Witching Hour Blogcast Playlist for February 1, 2020, at www.ClarionRadio.com

Welcome to the Witching Hour. This week we will be featuring great death metal bands who have visited Madison, Wis. over the years and hope to see them play again. If you are a local, regional or global death metal act and want to be added to our playlist, go to the Grin Reefer on Facebook and drop your video. We upload from Spotify as well. Happy Hauntings.

 

Our playlist for the week is as follows:

Note: The playlist will appear after the show airs Feb. 2.

Thank you for tuning in. We are a University of Wisconsin PTSD Communications Research endeavor. We hope you will listen to our show with an open ear to explore the pragmatic origins of death metal from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. CDT. You can do so by either clicking on the Clarion Radio icon on our Outpost 422 widgets section or by going to http://www.clarionradio.com.

Thank you to all who are serving our military across the globe. We hope you will use our show to flush out the infidels and scream along in times of crisis. Channeling dark energy through catharsis is a coping mechanism proven to work according to our research. We hope our outreach will give you the strength to reach out to the Veterans Crisis Line right away. Please download the PTSD Coach app as well. Please leave a comment below if you need to connect with someone right away.

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Micawber Melts Faces at High Noon Saloon’s Wisconsin Metal Fest—The Witching Hour Review

By Bradley J. Burt

Madison, Wis.—High Noon Saloon featured one of the best metal bands hailing from the north winds who showed up to the Capitol Jan. 10 to melt faces and did. They are from Two Rivers, Wis. who call themselves “Micawber.”

Micawber put on an impressive show blowing away Madison-area bands. After sticking around for the headliner after the Micawber set, I headed for the door after the change over in disappointment. Madison dance metal could not hold their end of the social contract being featured by High Noon Saloon’s “Wisconsin Metal Fest.” Strike one goes to High Noon Saloon for hosting Madison mishaps. Being a metal band is about being the means to produce quality original musical bedlam, not modes of electronica and poorly tuned snares—totally not metal. Now Micawber, on the other hand, brought the metal.

WI metal fest

High Noon Saloon kicked out early birds who were forced to stand out in the elements as ice sheets came down.

  • Strike two for poor quality venue ethics. Buyer beware—show up on time if you plan to see any bands.
  • You will be spending the next day recovering from getting soaked in subzero temperatures.
  • High Noon Saloon scored a flawless victory for being a Madison-area metal fan adversary.

Micawber Merch table

Micawber started out the show working their merchandise table. Great dudes who interacted with fans. T-shirts were fairly priced and multi-colored that made for an incredible score to help continue funding the touring efforts of the band.

Fans can buy Micawber merch here.

Micawber tours the globe through national record label “Prosthetic Records.” Their fans brought the venue down with an all-out moshpit circle that engulfed those who were there to watch. Micawber is loved by fans on YouTube as well. Check out Youtubers who support them. Great group of dudes who melt faces with metal. Stop by and give them a shoutout on Facebook.

Micawber on Facebook can be found here.

The Witching Hour Micawber Review—the band, the myth, the legend.

Critics are everywhere. Fans of death metal are relentless. Musicians who play death metal are ruthless and aggressive when judging live performance. The Witching Hour takes on a different aspect by looking into songwriting from a cultural and pragmatic aspect versus live performance.

The sound at High Noon Saloon was weak and am not grading Micawber on sound. Strike Three for poor sound quality. The overhead speakers barely picked up the drums and guitars were hard to hear. Our scout was on the scene last night who went live via a smartphone where the Witching Hour first impression was taken.

The second review came from the use of a Go-Pro 4K. Again, the sound quality was subpar through overheads. High Noon’s subs were cutting out and made reviewing performance difficult. Micawber gets a blast beat 10/5 stars for making the audience circle pit the entire venue as a result of High Noon’s default.

  • Overcoming impossibility starts with fan interaction.
  • Bad sound always makes a first and lasting impression.
  • Micawber’s “Beyond the Reach of Flame (2018)” video and sound will be reviewed instead.
  • The band’s legendary status dispells myths death metal is dead.

The myth? Death metal is great for veterans who struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Witching Hour seeks to survey vets who end up in the University of Wisconsin to collect communications research and Micawber is one of our featured experimental bands.

The Legend: If you are currently serving, take a minute to tune in and scream along when times of crisis arrive. Cultures use myth as a form of religious persecution.  The satanic and occult subversive and dismissive methods used by organized religion labels death metal bands as outcasts dismissing veteran adaptive aid in times of crisis. Vikings used catharsis and Norse legend to conquer in battle. Death metal is a pragmatic art and the Micawber legend definitely lives up to the face-melting religious prototype.

Micawber’s ax-wielding sweep picking mastery meets the listener’s ear with destroying double bass delivery. Micawber has been an amazing band from day one. The Wisconsin metal scene continues to thrive as a result of their efforts.

“Beyond the Reach of Flame (2018)” as a song in general masks the era of Wisconsin death metal prototypes found in the early years at the Rave’s Milwaukee Metal Fest. Micawber’s song-writing mastery exceeds the expectations of every death metal critic. Death metal musicians and their criticism can be harsh and brutal, which makes Micawber stand out even more. Micawber melts the face of every critic and will always be a featured band weekly on the Madison College server available for all who are serving across the globe.

The Wisconsin Metal Fest at High Noon Saloon was a low-cost show of an affordable ten dollars. Micawber was worth every cent. The venue sound, staff and booking were awful. The Madison-area bands did not bring the metal. If standing out in a blizzard to catch Wisconsin’s best metal act is your thing—by all means go to the High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wis. to be treated like garbage and sit through ear bleeding electronica, poorly tuned snares and subs that cut in-and-out. Micawber made the trip out in the blizzard worth it and hope all continue to support this great band as they tour for Prosthetic Records.

 

 

The Witching Hour Kicks Off in January on Madison College Clarion Radio

The Madison College spring semester kicks off in two weeks along with a newly formatted show featuring Wisconsin death metal acts to entertain our troops who are checking in.

What is the Witching Hour? The Madison College Clarion Broadcast General Manager’s show sharing stories about being in the band, living up to the myth by being a legendary drummer at Appleton West High School class of ’93. We are creating a soundtrack for Documentary Storytelling through Blog-casting.

The Witching Hour Blog

The Witching Hour Blog-cast is a prototype for the Outpost 422 entry in the Madison College Challenge. We are pursuing our startups to write a documentary that interacts with our Facebook audience. The documentary will be called “Batshark—the Mike Fleury Story.”

We are assembling Wisconsin death metal musicians to pay their respects who will be session musicians for benefit shows through the Life is a Landmine Tour Mike Fleury helped get off the ground. The Witching Hour format selects songs from his favorite bands around Wisconsin.

Go to The Clarion Broadcast General Manager’s Facebook page and drop a comment requesting songs or giving a shout out to the troops here: https://www.facebook.com/clarionradio

 

The Witching Hour

What can listeners expect? An in-depth overview of how death metal songs develop from prototypes from the ’90s commonly heard at Apple Emporium in Appleton, WI, which closed its doors never to be seen or heard from again, thus vanishing into a myth. Apple Emporium was a legendary place where teens gathered to play hacky sack and plan opportunities to explore the Necronomicon. Listeners can expect nothing short of the most brutal death metal being played on Saturdays from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. at clarionradio.com.

Do expect to hear masterpiece engineered music followed by stories of myths and legends. The Witching Hour also investigates what bands are playing in the Madison, WI, and Capitol area. Our first featured story talks about a Two Rivers, WI band who is being backed by a major record label called “Prosthetic Records.” The Witching Hour featured band “Micawber” will be sure to turn many heads as they develop as seasoned musicians and masters of their craft. Check out their video featured below:

Please do tune in and support the Wisconsin music scene. Our efforts across the state will be used for the University of Wisconsin communications research to end veteran suicide through a method called “warrior catharsis.” Screaming along with death metal cruising down the highway is therapeutic when panic sets in. Let out the frustration through channeling dark energies to turn critical moments around 180 degrees.

The Madison College Writing Center Helps Veterans Develop Essay and Editorial Voice

By Bradley J. Burt—Madison College Clarion General Manager of Broadcast—Consortium Student Through UW Whitewater

In August 2017, after taking a leap of faith, the decision was made to go back to school after completing therapy at the Madison VA. The VA introduced me to a new path in life with a new campus pilot program to guide me. There was only two weeks to register for school left and had to get off the pot.

Travis Seehaver at the Milwaukee Vocational Rehabilitation Office issued a dare to enroll in UW Madison.

Seehaver closed my case and laughed at me knowing the probability of getting into UW Madison at my age was impossible. Or was it? We 10th Mountain Divison climb to glory and accept every challenge with rigor and integrity with determination to succeed.

Madison College offers a 27-credit UW Madison transfer commitment requiring a minimum of a 2.7 GPA for admission. There is a method for veterans to get into to UW Madison and opened the door despite what Seehaver said. The allure of UW Madison wore off after a transfer pitch and a campus tour of UW Whitewater that landed me in a writing career as a journalist instead.

Madison College taught me early on to explore all avenues and that all paths lead to the University of Wisconsin through the UW Liberal Arts Transfer Program. Doors begin to open after meeting with advisors on campus. Transferring from Madison College to the university is easy. Writing is the first obstacle. Overcome Impossibility.

Outpost 422 was created to help the next veteran avoid making unnecessary mistakes due to walking into unforeseeable circumstances with academic writing. The professors at the Madison College Truax Writing Center kept me cool and collected in times of uncertainty and highly recommend new VITAL vets use this great service.

Outpost 422 and the “Overcome Impossibility” mission statement care only about one thing—veteran academic success. We carry each other in times of distress. Check-in with the Writing Center to track progress before crisis creates setbacks. The Writing Center also gauges students through feedback at the end of each session.

Are you new to Madison College and need help with academic forms of writing? Look no further.
  • The Student Achievement Center on the Second Floor will assist you.
  • Outpost 422 is a group of veterans of the University of Wisconsin looking out for you to reach out to anytime.
  • Using the Writing Center is free to help you develop a system.
  • Writing is our method of combating PTSD.
  • Welcome to our campus guided tour.

Professors also recommend using the UW Madison online writing center for students who intend on transferring. I found MLA and APA resources available after hours were extremely helpful. UW Madison Writing Center online offers every outlet imaginable for all forms of academic writing used by Madison College professors.

The UW Madison Writing Center Website is also a helpful writing source. Click here.

The Madison College Library accompanies academic writers looking for research resources outside of the Writing Center.

  • Plagiarism and grammatical errors irritate professors who grade academic writing.
  • Progress pays huge dividends.
  • Don’t risk putting your reputation in jeopardy.
  • Get to the Writing Center. That’s an order.

Going back to school at 42-years-old was not on the list of potential career changes. Academic writing felt like getting on a tricycle after spending twenty years working in manufacturing and construction. Overcoming old age along with overwhelming fear of writing essays for assignments made matters worse. That was until I found support from the Writing Center.

The Writing Center delivers sound advice and will walk veterans through their writing process every step of the way. The Writing Center is the key to opening the treasure chest lock full of writing development resources for overcoming impossibility available to veterans in times of academic crisis.

 

Grammarly was a short cut I discovered that cut my anxiety in half. Downloading Grammarly cuts anxiety in half when the Writing Center is closed. Grammarly offers plagiarism checks and document scanning. Taking advantage of outside sources develops tenacity to tackle assignments free from fear. Grammarly is worth every cent.

Utilizing Grammarly helped develop a strong writing voice. Every time a new assignment was issued by a professor my excitement replaced my anxiety knowing Grammarly would help map out the areas of improvement. Professors commented on papers on how impressed they were with my progress. Grammarly was a life-saving device through plagiarism checks as well. Knowing the work being turned in was 100 percent authentic made stress disappear instantly.

 

Professors seek one main key ingredient: Active writing voice. The Madison VA Speech Therapy services helped me overcome my writing fear due to terminal brain injury that was causing my anxiety.

I was taught to write Subject-Object-Verb through News Writing for Media at UW Whitewater Fall 2019 semester, which would have helped me grasp in the beginning. Active writing voice practice sheets are available through the Writing Center upon request and strongly recommend all aspiring writers to practice often.

Veterans who enroll at Madison College should visit the Writing Center once-a-week as a rule of thumb. Your success depends on your ability to impress your professor. Utilizing the Writing Center will open new opportunities.

 

Setting up an appointment is fast and easy. In order to utilize the Writing Center, a student must reserve a time slot. Professors prefer students to meet with a professor at the Writing Center rather than a peer. Rough drafts and brainstorms start the writing process. Feel free to meet with a peer during the rough draft process. Making an appointment is easy. Please follow the YouTube above to make an appointment. All are invited to leave comments for new students to help out our Wolfpack community stay academically fit and lead the nation in being awesome.

 

 

The Wisconsin Historical Society Hosts Public Relations Tours for Journalism Interns

Madison, Wis.—Public Relations Director invites journalism students and interns to schedule public relations tours prior to visiting the archive at the Wisconsin Historical Society starting Dec. 13.

Wisconsin State Historical Society Sign

The Wisconsin Historical Society is one of the largest journalism resources in the University of Wisconsin system located at the UW-Madison Library Mall. The Wisconsin Historical Society facility hosts journalism exhibits located on the fourth-floor available for view through the archive. Wisconsin’s Historical Society boasts having one of the largest newspaper collection outlets, which is a great place to go for campus investigative projects.

“The Wisconsin Historical Society’s Outreach team delivers statewide programs, support, resources and services to further the Society’s mission throughout the state,” said Janet Seymour Interim Director of Outreach.

Exploring collections link

Wisconsin State Historical Society Blog

Connecting with the society page

Setting up a tour with the society public relations office assists visitors with navigating the facility and locating hard to find items. Public relations assists students and interns by taking a deeper look into how society operates through public opinion. Setting up a tour allows those who are new to the journalism field the ability to find examples of personalities in print who specialize in their journalism craft.

“In addition to serving the public as a whole, the Wisconsin Historical Society library and archives is part of the UW-Madison Libraries system, making its collections seamlessly discoverable for all UW-System students,” said Cynthia Bachhuber North American History Librarian.

Discovering your community page

Public Relations Director Kara O’Keeffe offers her facility tour services upon request. O’Keeffe offered to assist with a last-minute request that offered more than the average tour. Her passion as a director is to help students and interns who visit for their first time avoid getting lost in their search. Her goal as a tour guide is to teach fast-track methods when locating journalism resources on site.

“We welcome all students of the University of Wisconsin to explore our Wisconsin Historical Society through tours upon request and wil assist journalism and multi-media interns with interviews as well,” said O’Keefe.

Visit the Wisconsin Historical Society website here: https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/

Students of the University of Wisconsin who would like to set up public relations tours should notify O’Keeffe with a request, preferably by email first prior to visit and plan the whole day when they visit.

Tour Requests:

Name: Wisconsin History Public Relations Tour, Information
Division: Office of the Director – Public Relations
Email: Kara.Okeeffe@wisconsinhistory.org
Phone: 608-261-9596
Address: 816 State St.
Madison, WI 53706-1482

The Tour:

The Wisconsin Historical Society building offers a nostalgic aura combined with a monolithic marble presence. Between the ambiance of the fourth-floor archive met by the aura of the hallway’s presence the facility’s character is welcoming to all who visit. The first-floor hallway welcomes guests to investigate and explore trophy cases filled with literature and artifacts of yesteryear.

The entire facility is filled with labyrinths from the days of old. Tours start at the Circulation Desk in the library that assigns quiet rooms for literature and newspaper reviews. The Wisconsin Historical Society hosts both scholarly figures and scholarly sources. Librarians will assist with interviews who are highly recommended when seeking to interview knowledgeable academic sources who know where to find material on site.

The overall operation runs on public donations. Once the tour was completed the facility noted the Wisconsin Society Foundation maintains the archive and building on public donations. The foundation has kept the state facility afloat throughout long periods of financial uncertainty. Although donations are not mandatory, they do keep the facility operational for future journalists to share their relics as well.

The Wisconsin Historical Society is a free-will offering and can be found here:

Donations

Wisconsin State Historical Society Building Directory

The Archive Investigation:

The first place to start when investigating resources is by visiting the library to conduct a Google search. Google searching led to unearthing the Wisconsin State Historical Society YouTube channel, which is also a valuable source. Google searching and YouTube are new methods of archive. Artifacts come to life through documentary, which are forms of journalism as well.

Accessing archives and Wisconsin State Historical Society files.

 

Starting out with a practice procedure helps. Investigating the ’67 Dow Riot on the Wisconsin Historical Society website combined with retrieving the Stuart Brandes File located on the fourth-floor archive will help those who are new fast track how the archive record request process works.

Google Search: https://www.worldcat.org/title/dow-chemical-protest-papers-1967-1968/oclc/145773972

Wisconsin State Historical Society Search

Records Retrieval:

The 1967 Dow Riot example features many forms of journalism writing located in the Stuart D. Brandes file. The 1967 Dow Riot during the Vietnam War brought out campus protest that quickly escalated and the Brandes file tells the story from an eyewitness account. Brandes’ methods of writing articles from start to finish exhibit the process of published writing. Having an example helps writers discover their significance as journalists.

Students who utilize the Wisconsin Historical Society can only view newspaper articles on-site through the archives. Archive staff requires new students to follow their proper methods of archive retrieval. The first part of the archive retrieval process is to notify staff you would like to view files. Staff will ask viewers to stow away all material in a locker with facility issued keys prior to entering the viewing area. Viewers can use smart devices for picture taking but are not allowed to use pens or office items other than pencils that may cause damage to archive files.

Brandes File                 Fast writes for Brandes

The ’67 Dow Riot Brandes folder exhibit contains examples of ways to write award-winning editorials by journalists who were on the scene fast-tracking crowd protest that escalated into rioting as eyewitnesses. State, National and global media outlets were on-site that can be viewed through the society archive. The University of Wisconsin saw a moment in time when the Vietnam War brought out the worst in administration as well. Archiving is a form of journalism often overlooked as a resource. University of Wisconsin journalism students and interns will find the Wisconsin Historical Society a helpful tool during times of writer’s block that will quickly guide them through the archives when attending the newly available public relations tours.

1967 University of Wisconsin Library Mall Dow Riot

'67 Dow Riot

 

The Top 5 Funniest Gifts for Any White Elephant Celebration

White Elephant is my favorite holiday gift exchange. Parties and get-togethers all over the world gather for one common goal—trade and steal junk. White Elephant is also a great way to celebrate diversity at the office.

White Elephant will be sent downrange to Afghanistan this year through the 10th Mountain Division adopt-a-platoon at Madison College thanks to the Clarion. Let’s take a journey through:

“The Top 5 Funniest Gifts for Any White Elephant Celebration.”

Rules of Engagement. First things first, let’s get something straight—there are rules—you just can’t do whatever you want. Please click on the link below to follow along and enjoy your holiday cheer with a little American democratic structure. We can’t have holidays without it! You know that! This is America! We don’t settle for gift exchange without a little Robert’s Rules of White Elephant Order.

White Elephant Things To Know

The Top 5 Funniest Gifts for Any White Elephant Celebration.

Number Five— A used toilet plunger. Be sure to let the toilet paper dry onto the plunger before gifting.

Used Plunger

Number Four—Bowling Shoes. The sole purpose of the White Elephant is to steal your gift. Bowling shoes are rarely stolen so the joke is on you! HAHA!

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Number Three—Grandpa’s False Teeth. Thrift stores oftentimes sell false teeth. The look on your guest’s faces is priceless. Showing up to the party with the funniest gift gets you a special reward. False teeth are a guaranteed crowd favorite.

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Number Two—Used Gift Cards with Zero Balance The best way to impress your boss is to be the employee who spent the entire balance of their gift card on yourself! Be sure to include receipts and selfies to turn their gears even more.

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The Number One White Elephant Gift—Gag Winning Lottery Tickets.
I have witnessed employees tell their bosses off at company parties and quit. Family members become truthful as well. Fake lottery tickets usually lead to siblings letting mom know what their other siblings really think of them. Mom often responds by telling siblings they are not getting any of their inheritance.

The funniest fake lottery ticket White Elephant prank of all-time I have ever witnessed was watching a cashier at a gas station reveal the bad news. The gift was watching the attendant’s reaction after telling the ecstatic soon-to-be-loser the lottery tickets were bunk. The attendant pointed their index finger declaring they would be calling the police if they try cashing the tickets again.

Disclaimer: Never get your hopes up going into a White Elephant Gift Exchange. You are the punchline the minute you open your gift. Stealing is the name of the game and being a good sport is the best part of holiday cheer. Got a brilliant idea for a White Elephant gift? Leave a comment.

 

 

Madison College Clarion Broadcast Group Needs Your Help With Requested Items at FOB Fenty

by Centaur Five Delta ’95-’97

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What you can do:
Donate to our troops: 10th Mountain Adopt-a-platoon mission

Madison College Clarion Broadcast Group hosts the FOB Fenty 10th Mountain Adopt-a-platoon through the Outpost 422 mission. Your donations will be spent on the following items:

Most Requested Care Package Items

Batteries (AA, AAA, C, and D)
Boot socks: black, tan, or olive green
Letters of support (letters from you, from children, or from your
business, office, school, or other organization in support of our troops)
Liquid body wash (no pump dispensers please)
Pre-sweetened flavored beverage mixes (smaller sizes please)
Sandwich sized zipper lock baggies
Single-serving size snacks and non-perishable food items, particularly tuna kits, beef jerky, canned fruit (small containers, pop-top lid), dried fruit, nuts and other healthy snacks
Undershirts (olive green, short sleeve)

Food Items
Please do not send bags of chips. They will not make the transition.
Beef jerky, beef summer sausage (non-perishable, USDA Beef)
Canned cheese dips (NO glass please)
Canned sardines, smoked oysters
Chicken or tuna lunch kits (includes foil pouch of tuna, crackers, and condiments in each single-serving kit)
Cookies
Fruit: single serving size cans
Gum, Lifesavers®, mints (blister pack gum is best because of the intense heat)
Hard candy (single-wrapped)
Jalapeno Velveeta® and crackers
Nuts, sunflower seeds, peanuts, trail mix, dried fruit
Pop Tarts®, cereal bars, granola bars, Popcorn
Power bars, protein bars, nutritional bars
Ramen noodles
Ravioli and other canned ready-to-eat meals (single serving) with pop-top
Seasoning salts, flavoring salts
Single-serving bags of snacks, crackers
Taco Bell® sauce packets

Beverage Items
Crystal Light® (or other brand) “On the Go” flavor packets
Ground coffee
Hot cocoa
Instant coffee
Lemonade mix, Kool-Aid® mix, Tang®, Iced Tea mix
Sports drink mix (powdered and tablet only)
Sugar and creamer packets for coffee (No artificial sweetener)
Recreation Items

Gently used magazines less than three months old
Hacky sacks, tennis balls
Movie DVDs (new or used; original only)
New decks of cards
Small hand-held games
Soft cover books

Clothing Items

Balaclavas
Black or white cotton socks
Boot bands
Boot socks: black, tan, or olive green
Fingerless gloves
Long underwear (during winter months)
Men’s and women’s underwear (try military surplus stores)
Stocking caps (plain or black)
Sunglasses
Tactical scarves
T-shirts (olive drab or white)

Communication Items

Envelopes
Pens and unsharpened pencils
Small, blank journals
Small pads of paper

Personal Supply Items

72″ bootlaces (brown or tan preferred)
Batteries (AA are most requested, then AAA)
Cigars
Disposable, instant hand warmers (during the winter months only)
Electrical tape
Leatherman all-in-one tool
Snack, sandwich, quart-size Ziploc plastic bags
Super glue
Tactical duct tape: military green, tan, or black
Foot Care Items

DO NOT send baby powder
Anti-fungal treatments
Band-Aids® (sweat/water resistant)
Boot liners/insoles
Lotrimin AF® or Tinactin® for athletes’ foot (Ointment or cream, no aerosol)
Medicated foot powder, medicated foot swabs (Gold Bond® preferable)
Moleskin (provides padding on sore feet, you’ll find it with Dr. Scholl’s® type things at Wal-Mart or drug stores)
Odor Eaters® for boots

Personal Care Items

Baby wipes for personal hygiene (alcohol-free)
Disposable hand sanitizing wipes
Eye drops (to relieve dry eye, not redness), Eyeglass wipes
Insect repellent
Lip balm (Blistex®, Chapstick®, Carmex®) in stick-tubes rather than tubs, not tinted
Liquid hand sanitizers (no pump-style dispensers)
Pain relievers (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Tylenol®, Midol®) in small containers
Saline spray/drops for sensitive nasal passages
Sunblock (travel size or stick preferable, no aerosol, SPF 30+)
Throat lozenges
Travel size packages of Q-tips
Women’s feminine wipes

Toiletry Items

Dental floss
Disposable multi-blade razors (no single-blade razors please)
Kleenex (travel-size packets)
Liquid body wash soap, liquid anti-bacterial soap (no bar soap or pump-style dispensers)
Lotion, unscented, for dry skin (no pump-style dispensers)
Men’s and women’s deodorant
Nail clippers
Oral B Brush-Ups™
Razors and replacement blades
Shampoo
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste (in hard-side tubes rather than traditional tubes

Forward Operating Base Fenty Christmas Gift Drive Deadline is Dec.8 for The Clarion Broadcast Group 10th Mountain Adopt-a-Platoon

The Clarion Broadcast Group is raising funds to support FOB Fenty in Afghanistan and we need your help.

What you can do:

Donate to our troops: 10th Mountain Adopt-a-platoon mission

Our Dec. 8 deadline is fast approaching. We are looking to donate items to our Bravo Troop of 6-6 CAV who is newly deployed to Afghanistan. We have adopted 10th Aviation as our platoon at Madison College through the Clarion Broadcast Group. Outpost 422 is their place to connect to let us know how they are doing, to write features about their mission, to raise awareness about the current state of crisis in America to connect with veterans, to assist with crisis management solutions distributed through the Outpost 422 mission.

Our fundraising efforts interact with those who are in crisis.  You are their overwatch and support.

If you are a veteran who is in crisis at the moment, please reach out to any of the listed Facebook pages located on our menu for help worldwide. We are a global fundraising and combat radio transmitting overwatch to connect you with services in the time of crisis. We also hope to connect all who are currently serving the military with veterans who are available with the click of a mouse. Our mission is to entertain, educate, reach out to all who are in need by offering a portal to other veterans who have been in your position including me.

My name is Specialist Bradley Jason Burt of the 3rd Battalion 6th Field Artillery 1st Brigade 10th Mountain Division who served during the embassy overthrow in Port au Prince, Haiti as a QRF member for the airport and 10 MP LIC. I let my trauma go untreated for far too long, that was until I found help at Building 22 at the Madison VA. We are the VITAL veterans who have survived and lived to tell the story of success after finding services to help us survive. Keep checking in and help us raise funds for our adopted platoon.

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What Makes the 10th Mountain Division the Toughest Division in the Military

What Makes the 10th Mountain Division the Toughest Division in the Military
By Bradley J. Burt

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The cold weather and subzero elements make for a miserable nine months per year at Fort Drum, N.Y., the home of the 10th Mountain Division. The toughest division in the military is located at the basin of record snowfall dumps of lake effect snow. Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division and their 12-mile runs around Riva Ridge Loop endure temperatures ranging from -20 to sometimes -60 below. Never-the-less, they suit up, they show up, they gear up, their frozen eyes tear up to embrace the suck for the duration of their service to America while stationed at Drum.

So, what makes the 10th Mountain Division so tough?

They are the most deployed division in the United States military who spends most of their time training for war through programs like the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, La. They never forget those who are deployed who use programs to adopt platoons at Forward Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan. Their gallantry above the call and their guts are met by their dedication to wear the mountain tab. They carry their American colors on their right shoulder, who carry warrior honor with them for the rest of their lives. Their dedication to democracy and freedom in Afghanistan extends the warrior threshold unmet by any other division. Those who have served at Fort Drum know full well the level of sacrifice and dedication it takes to serve the 10th Mountain Division. They earn the right to share their equity of honor and integrity in America who should be recognized as the toughest division.

The 10th Mountain Division motto: “Climb to Glory.”

Their determination and guts are like no other division. They train cadets at Gen. George Washington’s elite West Point United States Military Academy. Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division who share the honor of being cadre build 100,000 sandbag fortified positions. Their instruction is of the highest quality and standard formulated under intense scrutiny carried out by the heritage of their West Point commanders. Their standards must meet the highest inspection through the Department of Defense to meet this criterion. While all the other divisions sleep at night, they eat, breathe, carry and present the torch of the truest of all virtues not found on any other base. They are the 10th Mountain Division. They do not waiver. They hold their virtues they swear at Reveille to leave no warrior behind. They are brave. They never surrender.

The forging of a 10th Mountain Division warrior requires high standards. The only way through the gauntlet of becoming a 10th Mountain warrior is by setting the physical fitness standard. The 10th Mountain Division hosts “Fit to Fight” that will not settle for the minimal U.S. Army wimp standard of a 180 P.T. score. All those who serve the frontlines must hold a 240 P.T. score, which sets the 10th Mountain Division’s combat-ready standard high above the regular Army garrison standard. Those who earn the mountain tab never miss a day at the gym.

The 10th Mountain Division always picks up its wounded. What separates a member of the 10th Mountain Division above all the other divisions is their distinguished character. They do not stop until every piece of equipment, members of their platoons and squads, all who have perished and their families are accounted for.  Their family may leave the military with the burden of grief, but the 10th Mountain Division always finds ways to support them long after they return home. They build their legacy from the ground up by adopting platoons in Afghanistan who write about their accomplishments long after they leave the military. They never stop training and protecting their communities. They become American Legion, DAV and VFW National Commanders to continuously search for all of those who are lost. They are the founders of Outpost 422. They never stop making their nation’s safety the highest standard as veterans. They are the 10th Mountain Division—the Toughest Division in the Military. They earned this title being thee most deployed division. They meet each day with the call above and beyond their duty. They Climb to Glory.

Eagle Six Kicks Off Veterans Day at the Baird Patriot Veterans Career Forum

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MILWAUKEE, Wis.—Gray Colton, Chairperson for the Robert W. Baird & Co. Patriot Veteran Hiring Program invited veterans of the University of Wisconsin Whitewater to attend the Baird Patriot Veteran Career Forum on Friday, November 1st, 2019. Gray Colton is the Senior Vice President of Private Wealth and Management for the Robert W. Baird & Co.

Colton arranged to have the 101st Airborne Commander share his mission with members of the Patriot program and veterans. Colton was pleased to see so many veterans turned out to support the Patriot mission, who gave a cordial introduction to Major General Brian Winski.

“We are honored to have Eagle Six with us today,” said Colton.

Colton introduced Major General Brian Winski, Milwaukee, WI native and graduate from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee as “Eagle Six,” which is the 101st Airborne Commander’s call sign in the field and in combat. Major General Winski began his speech addressing the need to hire veterans who shared the value of having veterans in the workplace.

“Every man and woman who wears America’s uniform is a part of a long unbroken line of achievement and honor. No single military power in history has done greater good, shown greater courage, liberated more people or upheld higher standards of decency and valor than the Armed Forces of the United States of America,” said Winski.

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Major General Brian Winksi, Post Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division left the impression Wisconsin holds an ironclad lineage with his division who dates all the way back to the Civil War through the 8th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment. Eagle Six shared the story of how the 101st modeled the efforts of those who served with the 8th in the Civil War and their mascot “Old Abe,” which is the icon for the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagle patch.

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Maj. Gen. Winski closed his address to the Baird Patriot Hiring Program members by reiterating to employers the level of dedication a veteran commits to their country also follows them into their prospective careers. Maj. Gen. Winski extended his appreciation to veterans by taking an opportunity after his presentation to answer questions regarding Syria, Afghanistan and Africa. Winski closed with his expression of gratitude extended to all who serve. Robert W. Baird, the Baird Patriot Veteran Hiring Program and the message shared by Major General Brian Winski shared one thing in common—all appreciate the efforts by all who have served.