Saturday, December 3, 2016
THE FLAG DOES NOT FLY BECAUSE THE WIND MOVES PAST IT - IT FLIES FROM THE LAST BREATH OF EACH MILITARY MEMBER WHO DIED SERVING IT : They die for me and mine and you and yours and deserve our honor and respect. Thank you all who have served, or are serving.We Will not forget!!!!
CAN THIS BE DONE BY OUR COUNTRYMEN IN HONOUR OF THOSE ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL, DIED FIGHTING FOR THEIR COUNTRY? YES, WE CAN
:::::AN AMERICAN AIRLINE CAPTAIN -
My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "We have an H.R. On this Flight."(HR Stands for human remains.)
"Are they military?" I asked.
'Yes', she said.
'Is there an escort?' I asked.
'Yes, I've already assigned him a seat'.
'Would you please tell him to come to the Flight Deck. You can board him Early," I said...
A short while later a young army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and I Asked him about his soldier.
The escorts of these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us. 'My soldier is on his way back to Virginia,' he said. He proceeded to answer my questions, but offered no words.
I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no. I told him that he had the toughest job in the military, and that I appreciated the work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers. The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand. He left the Flight Deck to find his seat.
We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure. About 30 minutes into our flight, I received a call from the Lead flight attendant in the cabin.
'I just found out the family of the soldier we are carrying, is also on board, she said. She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother,wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home. The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left.
We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home to Virginia. The father of the soldier told the flight attendant that knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartment and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear. He had asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off the airplane.
I could hear the desperation in the flight attendants voice when she asked me if there was anything I could do. 'I'm on it', I said. I told her that I would get back to her.
Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in the form of e-mail like messages. I decided to bypass this system and contact my flight dispatcher directly on a secondary radio. There is a radio operator in the Operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher. I was in direct contact with the dispatcher. I explained the situation I had on board with the family and what it was the family wanted. He said he understood and that he would get back to me.
Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher. We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family. I sent a text message asking for an update. I saved the return message from the dispatcher and the following is the text:
'Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. There is policy on this now, and I had to check on a few things.Upon your arrival a dedicated Escort team will meet the aircraft. The team will escort the family to the Ramp and plane side. A van will be used to load the remains with a Secondary van for the family.
The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal, where the remains can be seen on the ramp. It is a private area for the family only. When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the remains being loaded for the final leg home.
Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans. Please pass our Condolences on to the family. Thanks.
I sent a message back, telling flight control thanks for a good job. I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flight attendant to pass on to the father. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me, 'You have no idea how much this will mean to them.'
Things started getting busy for the descent, approach and landing. After landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to the ramp area. The ramp is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway. It is always a busy area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we entered the ramp and checked in with ramp controller, we were told that all traffic was being held for us.
'There is a team in place to meet the aircraft', we were told. It looked like it was all coming together, then I realized that once we turned the seat belt sign off, everyone would stand up at once and delay the family from getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate, I asked the copilot to tell the ramp controller, we were going to stop short of the gate to make an announcement to the passengers. He did that and the ramp controller said, 'Take your time.'
I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake. I pushed the public address button and said:
'Ladies and gentleman, this is your Captain speaking : I have stopped short of our gate to make a special announcement. We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect. His name is Private XXXXXX, a soldier who recently lost his life. Private XXXXXX s under your feet in the cargo hold. Escorting him today is Army Sergeant XXXXXX. Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter. Your entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to allow the family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you.'
We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop and started our shut down procedures. A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door. I found the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not see. I was told that after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraft stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft.
When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly started to clap his hands. Moments later, more passengers joined in and soon the entire aircraft was clapping. Words of 'God Bless You', I'm sorry, thank you, be proud, and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made their way down the aisle and out of the airplane. They were escorted down to the ramp to finally be with their loved one.
Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement I had made. They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and over again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave soldier.
I respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this event and the sacrifices that millions of our men and women have made to ensure our freedom and safety in these United States of AMERICA.
I know everyone who reads this will have tears in their eyes, including me. Prayer chain for our Military... Don't break it! Please send this on after a short prayer for our service men and women. Don't break it!
They die for me and mine and you and yours and deserve our honor and respect.
When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world. There is nothing attached. Just send this to people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and others deployed in harm's way, prayer is the very best one. GOD BLESS YOU!!!
Thank you all who have served, or are serving. We Will not forget!!!!
(SOURCE : Via Gp E-mail from BHARAT BHUSHAN GHAI )
From my niece, a gynaecologist, daughter of an EME Brig, & wife of a GUARDS Col, Retd.
''I am a very proud of my forces background and upbringing. we were taught a place and time for a certain attire and behaviour. etiquette was fed with porridge in the morning.
We were taught you dress in a certain way to respect those around you .. the same logic of 'when in rome', we cannot use when in rome ONLY to allow promiscuity and drinking and eating beef- because there is no supposed choice, and then forget it when it means dressing formally, or following a behaviour code.
Traditions, exspecially of the forces are strong and long standing because the place survives on order, authority, confidence and responsibility..and anyone who deals with the forces, should have the basic decency to understand that .
I abhorr the so flippancy of the new age MBAs and omnipresent "corporate culture" that calls people by the first name ,[even without asking them first]. I hate being called anything but doctor by my patients, because I have worked long and hard to be called that. I would never chew gum in front of my professor, attend a convocation in slippers, all because there is a certain decorum to the occasion.
If you were right, Mr Parrikar , there would be no uniforms, there would be no popes vestments, there would be no tuxedos and no dressing up for an occasion
I was pleasantly surprised that the Europeans don't show their shoulders and arms to the pope -they cover up for the vatican. Shorts are not allowed either, for both sexes. So when I see new age pipsqueaks in shorts in a temple, it gets my goat!!. I appreciate temples like guruvayor that stick to their guns and state that we cannot lose our indianness, we should learn to be proud of it!
So Mr Parikkar, when you decide to attend an August Naval occasion looking like you are going to buy bread and eggs from a nearby kirana shop. It reeks of disdain for one of the greatest institutions. Its a slap in the face to the millions of men who are bowing to you simply because of the post you hold.
I dont remember Mr Modi walking around in a jibba in the United Nations. And even dhothis and national jackets convey a certain style. Even B schools teach you basic traditions and acceptable behaviour when you do buisness with countries like China and Japan. So I am sure you understand the importance of decency, or does that only count when it is other countries?
You may be from Goa, the bikini state, but even there, no one wears a bikini to a wedding Sir. You may be brilliant, and powerful, .but, respect is a two way street Sir, and impropriety reeks of misplaced arrogance. So watch your step!!"
Dr Divya T Sudarshan
(Source - Via gp e-mail from Carl Gomes)
The 1st meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held on 01.12.2016 on the anomaly of calculation of the disability pension for Defence Forces Personnel as per the recommendations of the 7th CPC. The representative of the Armed Forces made a presentation in the meeting demanding that the recommendations of the 7th CPC to grand disability pension on a slab system if implemented will lead to an anomaly between the civilian side and the Defence Forces Personnel because the civilian side will continue to be governed under a percentage based system. After studying the presentation, the Staff Side of NC-JCM has suggested that the slab system will be beneficial to the lower Rank personnel and hence both the slab system and percentage system may be accepted by the Govt. on an optional basis, alternatively the slab amount recommended by 7th CPC can be increased to avoid the anomalous situation. Secretary (P) informed that the issue would be further studied in consultation with CGDA.
Armed Forces (Indian Navy) - Special Pension for 10 years service - Supreme Court Judgment dated 27.10.2016
OPERATING ORDER(PAGE 40) IN CASE NO.
""25. Thus understood, all Sailors appointed prior to 3rd July, 1976 and whose tenure of initial active service/empanelment period expired on or after 3rd July, 1976 may be eligible for a Special Pension under Regulation 95, subject, however, to fulfilling other requirements. In that, they had not exercised the option to take discharge on expiry of engagement (as per Section 16 of the Act of 1957) and yet were not and could not be drafted by the competent Authority to the Fleet Reserve because of the policy of discontinuing the Fleet Reserve Service w.e.f. 3rd July, 1976. The cases of such Sailors (not limited to the original applicants before the Tribunal) must be considered by the Competent Authority within three months for grant of a “Special Pension” from three years prior to the date of application made by the respective Sailor and release payment after giving adjustment of Gratuity and Death-cum-Retirement-Gratuity (DCRG) already paid to them from arrears. They shall be entitled for interest @ 9% P.A. on the arrears, till the date of payment. ""
Friday, December 2, 2016
01 DEC 16 - ANOMALY COMMITTEE EXAMINING MILITARY DISABILITY PENSIONS (MOD ADMITTED ANOMALY IN 7TH CPC)
Thanks to @manoharparrikar, MoD has taken a genuine stand in the Anomaly Committee examining issues related to military disability pensions.
(SOURCE- FROM TWITTER A/C)