SOME PHRASES FROM OFFICER EFFICIENCY REPORTS

Some military humor thanks to the folks at Militaryhumor.net

You can check out our full line of military flags here. We have Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and Coast Guard Reserve. We also carry guidon flagpoles and flags. Last but not least we can make your unit insignia into a custom flag. We offer all these flags for both outdoor use and with polehem and fringe for indoor use.

SOME PHRASES FROM OFFICER EFFICIENCY REPORTS

Some Phrases From Officer Efficiency Reports - Military humorThese are actual phrases from Officer Efficiency Reports (performance appraisal for the military officers).

“Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.”

“Got into the gene pool while the lifeguard wasn’t watching.”

“A room temperature IQ.”

“Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it all together.”

“A gross ignoramus—144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus.”

“A photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on.”

“A prime candidate for natural deselection.”

“Bright as Alaska in December.”

“One-celled organisms outscore him in IQ tests.”

“Donated his brain to science before he was done using it.”

“Fell out of the family tree.”

“Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming.”

“Has two brains: one is lost and the other is out looking for it.”

“He’s so dense, light bends around him.”

“If brains were taxed, he’d get a rebate.”

“If he were any more stupid, he’d have to be watered twice a week.”

“If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you’d get change.”

“If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean.”

“Some drink from the fountain of knowledge; he only gargled.”

“Takes him an hour and a half to watch 60 minutes.”

“Was left on the Tilt-A-Whirl a bit too long as a baby.”

“Wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.”

Custom Flags – Everything you should know

We do a lot of custom flags here at Eagle Mountain. We love doing all of them.

Every custom flag tells a story; we have done custom flags for business’s, weddings, anniversary’s, gag gifts, military units, flags honoring current deployed military men and women, birthdays, hunting, fishing, golfing tournaments, tailgating, and just about anything else you can think of. Each one is as unique as the people that have us make them. This blog will give you a quick walk through and I will answer some of our most commonly asked questions.

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Right now you can only order the custom flags over the phone. We are currently working on you being able to do it directly through the website but we are not quite there yet. You can call at us 512-847-0010 or 800-385-5605, we are real friendly I promise.

Once you call, we just need a little information. Do you have the art in a usable format? Usable formats include AI, EPS, high resolution jpg., basically anything in vector format. If that whole sentence was a foreign language to you, no worries you can just e-mail the art or image you want to use and we will be happy to tell you if it is usable. There is no charge for us to determine if your image is usable.  Next question is what size flag are you looking for? Third is going to be, how many flags would you like? There are price breaks for quantity. You can see our pricing here. We are just as happy to do one flag as fifty. Last question will be, would you like single or double sided? We will talk more about single vs. double sided in the frequently asked questions (FAQS) section of this blog. Once we have all this information we can get you an estimate. Then you just decide if you want to turn that estimate into an order.

Once you place the order it will go one of two ways; art that is not usable is sent over for a redraw and usable images are sent directly to the graphic department. We can re-draw just about anything from children’s art work to a patch your Great Grandfather wore in WWI. Once we have the art in a usable format the process goes the same for everyone.

We send the art over to the graphic department. They generate us a proof (this normally takes 24 hours) and we send it to you for your approval. This is your chance to ensure there are no errors and make any changes you would like. Once you have approved your proof, it will go into production. Once it is in production, it normally takes 5 to 7 business days for it to ship. Once it is in the hands of UPS, we will send you your tracking number via e-mail.

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Please note we can not re-make any flag or image that is copyrighted or trademarked.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What is the difference between single reverse and double sided flags?

Single reverse only has the image printed on one side but it is clearly visible on both sides. The back side reads in mirror image. The vast majority of flags are created this way, including most state, corporate and military flags. Single-reverse flags are light weight and cost effective.

True double sided flag read correctly on both sides. This is accomplished by sewing two flags together with a liner between them. The liner helps prevent bleed through when sunlight hits the flag. These flags are heavier and double the cost of a single reverse because it is two flags. It is hard to read a flag that is laying flag on the flagpole.

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How long does it take to get a custom flag?

Once you place the order we normally have you a proof or first redraw within 24 business hours. Once you approve the proof it is normally 5 to 7 business days in production. Then it is just transit time via UPS.

Can I rush my order? 

Yes, but there is a rush. The rush fee varies depending on how quickly you need the flag. You can also use expedited shipping methods to get the flag to you faster.

What is the flag made of? 

Standard custom flags are made from our commercial grade nylon, using only lock stitching – NO chain stitching. Other materials are available upon request.

How come you can not make me this flag with Coke-a-Cola image? Or Mickey Mouse image? 

We can not re-produce an image that is copyrighted or trademarked. The only exception to this is if you have written approval from the owner of the image. So, if you wanted a special Mickey Mouse flag with your child’s name we would need a letter from Disney stating it is okay to make the flag.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE DAY – December 28th

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE DAY

Pledge of Allegiance Day is observed annually on December 28.

Congress formally recognized the Pledge of Allegiance on December 28, 1945. Thought to have been written by Francis Bellamy, the Pledge of Allegiance was published anonymously by a magazine for young people, The Youth’s Companion, and was written in celebration of the 400th anniversary, in 1892, of the discovery of America.

The text of the pledge, as originally written and modified a bit by the National Flag Conference in 1923 and 1924, was inserted into this legislation, but without designating it as the official pledge. In its original form, it read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The small changes made resulted in this version: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The words “under God” were added by Congress on June 14, 1954, in response to the anti-Communist opinion sweeping the country during the Cold War.

How many flags are on the moon?

Ever wonder how many US flags are on the moon? Ever wonder what happened to the flags we left on the moon?

Us, too.

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the moon. At 10:56 pm eastern standard time, Neil Armstrong accomplished another first. With the immortal words, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” (or something like that) Neil Armstrong became the first human to step foot on a major celestial object. Soon after, Buzz Aldrin joined Armstrong on the alien surface. The two of them spent the next two and half hours exploring, taking pictures, and collecting samples.

Before they took off back to Earth, Apollo 11 left evidence of their rendezvous with the moon. Besides Armstrong’s boot print and a bunch of junk, the astronauts also planted a three foot by five foot nylon American flag mounted on a pole into the ground. Subsequent Apollo missions that made it to the moon followed suit. But what happened to all of these flags? Are they still standing? Do they even still exist after nearly a half century on the moon?

Five other, less talked about, flags got planted on the moon during Apollo 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17. Apollo 13 never made it to the moon because, well… they had some problems as you’re no doubt familiar.  These flags were also not specially made to survive on the moon, but just ones anyone could pick up at a local store.

Apollo 17, launched on December 7, 1972, featured the last humans to walk on the moon. As astronaut Eugene Cernan and geologist Harrison “Jack” Schmitt were placing the American flag into the lunar surface, Cernan apparently quipped that if he pounded the flag extra hard into the moon, that it may just last a million years.

While no human has walked on the moon since 1972, plenty of crafts sent by various nations have orbited it, taking pictures as they went. As the technology advanced and the pictures became sharper, portions of the moon’s surface were seen in great detail for the first time since 1972.

This brings us to 2012. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC for short, was first launched in June 2009. It spent over three years orbiting the moon and taking pictures with its high-resolution camera. In 2012, images sent back by LROC confirmed that all but Apollo 11’s flag and possibly Apollo 15’s flag not only survived, but are still standing.

By looking at the photos from different points in the day, the movement of shadows confirm that the flags, in some form or another, are still there.  Apollo 15’s flag is still generally thought to be standing, as there is footage of this after the astronauts left. But the LROC images showed no distinctive shadow for it, as with the others confirmed still standing. That said, given the other flags seemed to have survived and it was still standing after the astronauts left, there is little reason to think this particular one disintegrated when the others did not.  For that matter, it’s possible the Apollo 11 flag is still intact as well, simply lying on the lunar surface.

So what about the condition of the flags? The general consensus is that the colors have probably faded to white.

NASA’s LROC was also able to document other things left behind by the various Apollo missions, including tracks made by astronauts, backpacks, and rovers that were left. As technology progresses, we will soon be able to see the flags for ourselves to confirm the exact state, instead of relying on shadow movement.

President Obama’s Statement on John Glenn

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President Barack Obama congratulates former United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut, and United States Senator John Glenn after presenting him with a Medal of Freedom, Tuesday, May 29, 2012, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington
Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

When John Glenn blasted off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas rocket in 1962, he lifted the hopes of a nation.  And when his Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down a few hours later, the first American to orbit the Earth reminded us that with courage and a spirit of discovery there’s no limit to the heights we can reach together.  With John’s passing, our nation has lost an icon and Michelle and I have lost a friend.  John spent his life breaking barriers, from defending our freedom as a decorated Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, to setting a transcontinental speed record, to becoming, at age 77, the oldest human to touch the stars.  John always had the right stuff, inspiring generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts who will take us to Mars and beyond–not just to visit, but to stay.  Today, the people of Ohio remember a devoted public servant who represented his fellow Buckeyes in the U.S. Senate for a quarter century and who fought to keep America a leader in science and technology.  Our thoughts are with his beloved wife Annie, their children John and Carolyn and the entire Glenn family.  The last of America’s first astronauts has left us, but propelled by their example we know that our future here on Earth compels us to keep reaching for the heavens.  On behalf of a grateful nation, Godspeed, John Glenn.

POW/MIA Proper Display

HOW TO DISPLAY THE POW/MIA FLAG OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF FAMILIES

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The POW/MIA flag features a silhouette of a POW before a guard tower and barbed wire in white on a black field. “POW/MIA” appears above the silhouette and the words “You Are Not Forgotten” appear below in white on the black field. This black and white flag stands as a stark reminder of Americans still prisoner, missing or otherwise unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and is now accepted nationally and internationally as the symbol of vigilance and remembrance for all POW and MIA’s.

pm1BASIC GUIDELINES 1. DISPLAYING THE POW/MIA FLAG AND THE UNITED STATES FLAG WITH OTHER FLAGS ON THE SAME FLAGSTAFF When flying the POW/MIA flag on the same flagstaff as the United States flag, the POW/MIA flag should fly immediately below the United States flag. If the United States flag and a state flag and/or other flag or pennant will be flown along with the POW/MIA flag on the same flagstaff, the order from top to bottom should be: the United States flag, the POW/MIA flag, then the state flag or other flags, unless otherwise stipulated by your state flag code.

pm22. DISPLAYING THE POW/MIA FLAG WITH THE UNITED STATES FLAG AND OTHER FLAGS ON TWO ADJACENT FLAGSTAFFS When flags are flown from two adjacent flagstaffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. The POW/MIA flag should be flown on the flagstaff with and below the flag of the United States, which should be at the peak of the flagstaff. The state flag (or other flag) on an adjacent flagstaff may not be placed above the flag of the United States or to its right (the viewer’s left) if the flagstaffs are of equal height.

pm33. DISPLAYING THE POW/MIA FLAG WITH THE UNITED STATES FLAG AND OTHER FLAGS ON THREE ADJACENT FLAGSTAFFS OF UNEQUAL HEIGHT When flags are flown from three adjacent flagstaffs of unequal height, the United States flag should be hoisted first and lowered last. The POW/MIA flag should be flown on the flagstaff to the right (the viewer’s left) of the United States flag. State and other flags should be flown from the third flagstaff, unless otherwise stipulated by your state flag code.

pm54. DISPLAYING THE POW/MIA FLAG WITH THE UNITED STATES FLAG AND OTHER FLAGS ON ADJACENT FLAGSTAFFS OF EQUAL HEIGHT When flags are flown from adjacent flagstaffs of equal height, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last and no other flag should be flown to its right (the viewer’s left). The POW/MIA flag should be flown on the flagstaff to the immediate left (the viewer’s right) of the United States flag and state or other flags flown farther left, unless otherwise stipulated by your state flag code.

pm65. MARCHING WITH THE POW/MIA FLAG When the POW/MIA flag is carried in procession by itself, it should be carried front and center ahead of a marching unit. When carried in procession abreast with the United States flag, the POW/MIA flag should be on the marching left of the United States flag (top illustration). When a line of flags follow the United States flag, the US flag is centered on the line. The POW/MIA flag should be on the marching right of the line of flags (bottom illustration), unless otherwise stipulated by your state flag code.

pm76. POW/MIA FLAG AND UNITED STATES FLAG IN CROSSED-STAFF DISPLAY When displayed with the United States flag in crossed-staff format, the United States flag should be on the viewer’s left with its staff on top of the staff of the POW/MIA flag.

pm87. POW/MIA FLAG DISPLAYED ON A WALL OR BEHIND SPEAKER When the POW/MIA flag is displayed on wall, such as behind a speaker’s platform, the flag must be displayed as shown.

pm98. POW/MIA FLAG DISPLAYED ON SPEAKER’S PLATFORM WITH THE UNITED STATES FLAG When the POW/MIA flag is displayed with the United States flag on a speaker’s platform, the United States flag should be on the speaker’s right and the POW/MIA flag on the speaker’s left.

pm109. FLYING THE UNITED STATES AND POW/MIA FLAGS AT HALFSTAFF When flying the United States and the POW/MIA flag at half-staff, they should first be elevated to peak position, held there momentarily, and then lowered to half-staff. At the day’s end, each should be again elevated to peak position before being lowered. If the flags are on different flagstaffs, the United States flag should be raised and lowered last.

FEDERAL LAW ON FLYING THE POW/MIA FLAG

The Defense Authorization Act, Public Law 105-85, section 1082, signed by President Clinton on November 18, 1997, mandates that the U.S. Postal Service, the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Departments of State, Defense and Veterans Affairs, all national cemeteries in the Federal system, the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Memorial must fly the POW/MIA flag on the following designated days each year:

  • Armed Forces Day—the third Saturday in May
  • Memorial Day—the last Monday in May
  • Flag Day—June 14th
  • Independence Day—July 4th
  • National POW/MIA Recognition Day—the third Friday in          September
  • Veteran’s Day—November 11th

If any of these days fall on a non-business day, postal facilities are required to display the POW/MIA flag on the last business day before the designated day, as directed by Postal Bulletin 21967 dated March 12, 1998.

LEAGUE POLICY ON POW/MIA FLAG DISPLAY

For some time, there had been debate over when the POW/MIA flag should be flown, whether daily or on the specific six days noted in federal law. While not addressing the question of posting the flag at the national/federal level, League members at the 32nd Annual Meeting in June 2001, voted overwhelmingly in favor of the following resolution: “Be it RESOLVED that the National League of POW/MIA Families strongly recommends that state and municipal entities fly the POW/MIA flag daily to demonstrate continuing commitment to the goal of the fullest possible accounting of all personnel not yet returned to American soil.”