Friday, September 21, 2018

We're back

Well, apparently the U.S. Army is going to miss its recruiting goal this year (FY-2018).

So we're back.  'Time to encourage Trump supporters to Be A Man!  Enlist!

Or, as Donald Trump would summarize:  Sad!


Monday, January 23, 2017

Welcome President Trump!

As the Obama Administration was focused on reducing the size of our military, our military needed no extra help - such as this blog - to help meet its recruiting objectives.  Accordingly, Operation Yellow Elephant went on hiatus, except for occasional commendations for real American patriots.

Today's Washington Times reports, however, that President Trump's plan to increase the size of our military may create some problems.  The entire article is worth a skim as relevant paras appear throughout.  Sufficient quality potential recruits is only part of the equation, but experienced personnel can have their mandatory end of service dates extended if America still needs them.

OYE Comment.  With one political party - the Republicans - in control of both political branches of our government, the buck stops there.  If Young Republicans really want to Support Our President, they will, once again, contact military recruiters to determine their eligibility and mutual interest.  Thank you.  End comment.


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Deutsche Bank update

Here's the latest from Deutsche Bank.

Deutsche Bank to Cut 35,000 Jobs Under New Strategy

OYE Comment.  This is the same Deutsche Bank that foreclosed on a Servicemember, and threw his family out of their house, in violation of law, while he was deployed to Iraq.

Thank you.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

A credible Republican: Chris Day of Rockland County, New York

from today's New York Times:

Jennifer Moccio, Christopher Day

OCT. 12, 2014

Jennifer Leigh Moccio and Christopher Edwin Day were married Friday at the Candlewood Inn in Brookfield, Conn. The Rev. Charles Arlin, an Episcopal priest, officiated.
Mrs. Day, 29, is a makeup artist in Palisades, N.Y., and the owner of Sweet Little Nugget, a beauty blog and makeup product line there. She graduated magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo.
She is the daughter of Miriam Moccio and Salvatore A. Moccio of New City, N.Y. The bride’s father is a manager at the STS Tire and Auto Center in West Nyack, N.Y. Her mother is a Spanish teacher at Felix Festa Middle School in West Nyack.
Mr. Day, also 29, is a vice president at Selway Capital, an investment firm in Manhattan, where he studies investments in technology companies in Israel. He is a Republican candidate for Congress in the 17th District of New York, representing Westchester and Rockland Counties. He graduated from Yale University and received an M.B.A. from Columbia. He served in the United States Army from 2007 to 2011, and was last stationed as a captain at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.  [Emphasis added.]
He is a son of Jean C. Day and Edwin J. Day, who live and work in New City. The groom’s mother is a teaching assistant in the Laurel Plains Elementary School. His father, a Republican, is the county executive for Rockland. In 2000, he retired as a lieutenant in the New York City Police Department.

OYE Comment:  We wish the couple a wonderful and happy life together, both through the campaign and beyond.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Third Generation: Thank you for your service

From the New York Times:


Delia Pais and Joseph Kristol

Delia Ann Pais, a daughter of Mara D. Pais and Richard A. Pais of Bel Air, Md., is to be married Sunday evening to Joseph Max Kristol, the son of Susan S. Kristol and William Kristol of McLean, Va. Rabbi David Kalender is to officiate at the Columbus Club, an event space at Union Station in Washington.

The couple met at Harvard, from which they graduated.

The bride, 25, is a clinical research assistant in the sports medicine and shoulder service department at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Her father owns Atlantic Services, a firm in Bel Air that specializes in the engineering and inspection of boiler systems.

The groom, 26, is a consultant at McKinsey & Company, the management consultancy in New York. From 2009-13, he served in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer with the Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, based in Camp Pendleton, Calif. He served in Afghanistan from September 2010 to April 2011. From September 2012 to May 2013, he was a part of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which toured the Middle East and parts of Africa. He was last stationed at Camp Pendleton, having achieved the rank of captain.

His father is the editor of The Weekly Standard in Washington.

OYE Comment:  We thank Joseph Kristol, grandson of Irving Kristol, for his service to our country and wish the couple all the best for a wonderful and happy life together.

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Picking up their check

OYE 109 in action, from Letters to the Editor of The Washington Post:

Is gratitude to American military personnel misplaced? Published November 19

I was troubled by Chris Marvin’s Nov. 11 op-ed, “You’re welcome,” and letter writer Richard Lampl’s Nov. 15 response “Showing gratitude where it’s due.” My husband and I always make a point of thanking military personnel, and on many occasions we have anonymously picked up the tab of servicemen if we are dining at the same restaurant. Saying “thank you for your service,” while cliched, seems to me to be a very appropriate way to show our appreciation of what they do. But it seemed these two writers were saying they don’t want such expressions of gratitude from rank-and-file Americans.
Do many military personnel feel this way? If so, we’ll stop saying thank you. Call me old-fashioned, but I still believe that “thank you” and “have a nice day” mean something when spoken from the heart.
Mindy Conway, Centreville, VA  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

from The Washington Post

A Letter to the Editor, published November 10, 2013.

Making the choice to serve in the military

There's a bumper sticker I occasionally see that reads, "If You Love Your Freedom, Thank a Vet."

I suggest that if you love your freedom, consider becoming a vet. Think about donning a uniform yourself, or talk to your children about joining the military after high school or college. Citizenship comes with responsibilities, such as voting, obeying the law, respecting the rights of others and defending the republic. Somebody has to do it. Why not you? Why not your kid?

The fact is that we need most people to be productive members of the private sector, engaging honorably in the commerce that drives our economy.  We should rightly respect those who choose to contribute in ways other than military Service.  Choosing the uniform is a very personal decision.  Indeed, it is a choice that we are blessed to have; some nations still have universal compulsory military service.

Unfortunately, however, I think many — if not most — people don’t make a choice not to serve; they never consider it among their options in the first place. 
Peter Haas, Manassas, VA
Updated OYE Comment:  Welcome to Operation Yellow Elephant.  By this, we mean that we applaud - and agree with - the views you express.  Members of Operation Yellow Elephant are NOT the Yellow Elephants themselves; quite the contrary.  We, along with you, merely ask that those eligible to serve, who support what our country is trying to do through military action overseas, consider joining our military themselves.  Thank you.