The United States Military’s Early Huuricane Harvey Relief Efforts

 

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The recipient of master’s degrees in both national resource strategy and acquisition and contract management, David F. Baucom is a retired rear admiral (RADM) who served over three decades with the United States Navy. In retirement, David Baucom continues to support the military branches of the United States through his affiliation with the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

As the nation’s most influential military officer association, MOAA advocates for a strong national defense and promotes the interests of military members. After the damage to Texas and Louisiana caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the association has worked to ensure its local chapters and state councils have all the support they need in ensuring the safety of all citizens and rebuilding communities. To help members and other individuals best direct charitable donations, MOAA has suggested consulting websites such as Charity Navigator and Guidestar for guidance and donor-related resources.

Charitable donations is far from the only way military members have been involved in helping the two states overcome Hurricane Harvey. The New York Air National Guard as well as the North Carolina, Nebraska, and Utah Army National Guard contributed rescue resources such as aircraft and helicopters while active duty soldiers stationed in San Antonio stood by for orders from Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas. Additionally, the U.S. Air National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard utilized seven fixed-wing aircraft to assist with rescue operations.

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Society of White House Military Aides Presents Nine WHHA Interviews

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David F. Baucom, a retired rear admiral (RADM) with the United States Navy, maintains memberships in a number of military organizations. David Baucom is particularly active with the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Society of White House Military Aides.

The Society of White House Military Aides is an organization comprised of government and military members who have at one time served as an aide to a US President and First Lady. A number of members recently provided a series of interviews to the White House Historical Association (WHHA). Each of the nine interviews include 15-minute cuts and extended versions surpassing 30 minutes, as individuals such as Abelardo Valdez, aide to President Lyndon Johnson and later, Ambassador and Chief of Protocol under President Jimmy Carter. All nine interviews take an in-depth look at the unique, extensive responsibilities of these positions.

All the WHHA interviews can be viewed at www.whitehousehistory.org. More information regarding the Society of White House Military Aides can be found at www.swhma.org.

Atlanta Braves Select Kyle Wright Fifth Overall in MLB Draft

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A retired rear admiral (RADM) in the United States Navy, David F. Baucom managed fleet and ashore logistics, trained officers, and served a stint as a military aide to President Ronald Reagan. In retirement, David Baucom enjoys following his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Atlanta Braves.

The MLB Draft was held from June 12 to 14 and consisted of 40 rounds for teams to fill out its minor league systems and potentially find a future franchise player. Atlanta hopes it found just that with its first pick, fifth overall, which it used to select right-handed pitcher Kyle Wright.  A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Wright spent the past three seasons pitching for Vanderbilt University, where he compiled a win-loss record of 19-11 to go along with a 2.79 earned run average and 290 strikeouts in 255 innings.

ESPN’s Keith Law touted Wright as the best pitcher available in the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft. The 21-year-old can hit up to 96 miles per hour with his fastball and has an above-average slider and changeup with a good command of all pitches. He is the 10th Vanderbilt pitcher to be selected in the first round of the draft since the Tampa Bay Rays chose David Price with the first overall pick in 2007.

Washington Capitals among Early Favorites for 2018 Stanley Cup

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David F. Baucom is a retired rear admiral (RADM) in the United States Navy who served in a variety of capacities throughout his 35-year career. While stationed in Washington, D.C., David Baucom became a fan of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals (NHL).

The Washington Capitals had yet another disappointing playoff stint, but that hasn’t stopped Vegas oddsmakers from selecting the team as one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup in 2018. Washington has finished first or second in its division in nine of the past 10 seasons, yet the team has failed to advance beyond the second round of the playoffs. The team posted a franchise-record 56 wins in 2015-16 and lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs and, following a 55-win season in 2016-17, Washington again lost to Pittsburgh in round two.

Yet, despite the lack of playoff success in the past decade and an uncertain roster with numerous prominent players heading for free agency, Bovada recently gave 12-1 odds on the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup next season. Pittsburgh was given the best odds at 9-1, but the Capitals share equal odds with Chicago, Edmonton, and Tampa Bay. Capitals’ players Kevin Shattenkirk, T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams, and Karl Alzner are all unrestricted free agents, meaning they can receive contract offers from all of the league’s 31 teams, but the Capitals still boast an impressive roster, including Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, and Evgeny Kuznetsov.