Weekly Training Newsletter
Over the last week I've been watching a lot of the news and feeds coming from Houston after the disaster of Hurricane Harvey. Please keep the people of Texas in your thoughts and prayers.
If you haven't donated to one of the many charities that are helping the people of Texas right now, please consider donating. One suggested site is Mercury One. They guarantee that 100% of your donation will go to rescue and recovery operations in Texas. If you have another good charity suggestion, please mention it on SMT's Facebook page @sealedmindset.
Watching what's going on in Texas makes me think about my own disaster preparations.
Do I have enough food? Do I have enough clean water, or a way to purify water I find? Do I have some method of power generation for communications? Do I have a plan to connect with family or like-minded friends? Do I have what I need to protect myself and others?
Look at your own preparations. If all you have is guns and bullets, just remember, you can't eat bullets or drink gun powder. And if you think you'll just use your gun to take the supplies you need from others? Remember that those that are fully prepared have lots of guns and bullets of our own to protect our food.
Use Hurricane Harvey as a wake-up call. Think about the possible disasters that might affect you or your family and get prepared. It will be huge weight off of your shoulders knowing that if things go bad, you're ready to provide for yourself and give charity to others.
Armed American Radio
I had the great pleasure last weekend of being Mark Walters' guest on Armed American Radio. I was on the show discuss training and some of SMT's awesome digital products, but ended up spending most of the time talking about my time as a Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, just outside of Washington, D.C., is the place of highest honor in the United States. There a representative unknown soldier is interred from World Wars I, II and from the Korean War. A team of US Army soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment - The Old Guard - keep constant vigil and render honor to those unknown dead and the hundreds of thousands of other dead American service men and women 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and have been doing so since midnight on the 2nd of July, 1937.
From late 2001 to early 2004, I was a part of that team. I walked before the Tomb for two years, and put 1200 miles on that 63 foot mat.
If you're interested in hearing more about the tomb, what it takes to become a Sentinel, and some of the more, well, spooky aspects of spending nights in Arlington National Cemetery, here's the link to the third hour of the Armed American Radio podcast.