As of this writing, we have a couple of DSHS Sports updates:

1. The DSHS Girls Volleyball team recently won the 6A State Volleyball Championship! What a great HONOR for our girls and our local school. Congratulations.
2. The DSHS Football team just won their game in the quarterfinals against the Harlingen HS Cardinals. Our Tigers will be playing a semifinal game in Texas Memorial Stadium in early December.

December is a pretty busy month for us, so let’s get started. A very important date to remember is Wednesday, 7 December. This is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I think that everyone knows what happened on this day. The important thing is that we continue to teach our children and grandchildren about this day so we “Never Forget” what happened. In 4 years, we lost over 400,000 of our brave warriors while we were winning a war that had to be won. Over 16 million of our people served with honor and distinction. There are only a few WWII veterans left. God Bless them all.

Two important birthdays to remember: Tuesday, 13 December is the 386th Birthday of the National Guard, or what was originally called the Militia. These guys are important because without them there may not have been a United States of America. The second date is Wednesday, 20 December, the 3rd Birthday of The United States Space Force. You will be hearing a lot more about these guys in the near future.

Guess what happens on Wednesday, 21 December? It might be 80 degrees, but this is the beginning of Winter. I hope that we have a fairly mild winter this year! But be ready for some cooler weather. Get prepared now. Don’t wait for the first freeze!

We have a couple of very important days on Saturday and Sunday, 24-25 December. You know everything about these days called Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Enjoy your family and enjoy the reason for Christmas. We sometimes forget what it is really all about. Give thanks for our blessings and for our God and his special gift to us. Say a special prayer for all of our service members who are overseas and far from family and home.

Then be very careful on the last day of the year, Saturday, 31 December. It is New Year’s Eve. We want you to still be with us on New Year’s Day! Enjoy your evening, but Be Safe. 2022 is almost Over and Done. We will see you next year.

The Tiger’s football season is well underway. When I started this article, I was not sure how they were going to do in 6A Football. The Tigers are now 8-1, only losing to Westlake HS in a hard-fought game. We should be in the playoffs in a couple of weeks.

Deer season starts on Saturday, 5 November. You should have already been to your lease and you should have fixed up the cabin and put out your feeders. I hope that you get a big one.

A couple of important things happen early in November. On Sunday, 6 November Daylight Savings Time ends. Remember to “Fall Back” on Saturday night. Then on Tuesday, 8 November we have Election Day. Please remember to get out and vote. A very important civic duty!

Thursday, 10 November is The U S Marine Corp Birthday. A very Happy 247th Birthday to all our Marines. They are some of the finest warriors that you will find on any battlefield. Thank God for warriors such as these

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Friday, 11 November is VETERAN’S DAY. A day that was originally called Armistice Day, it ended WWI in 1918. It honored the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor veterans of all wars. This is a very important day to remember all veterans.

Thursday, 24 November is Thanksgiving Day. This is a day to give thanks for the many blessing that we have as Americans. Enjoy this day with your family and friends.

November is a busy month with lots of important events. Give thanks for where you were born and where you live. We are very lucky people who have much to be thankful for. Be sure and go VOTE early or on 8 Nov. Your country depends on it.

The good news is that October is just about the best month of the year if you live in Central Texas. Usually the weather is the best. The heat is mostly gone and a few small cool fronts start moving in. Normally the temperature is great for any kind of outdoor activity.

When you have good weather then you have lots of outside things to do. Every little town and city seems to have a festival or some event in October. In fact, there are so many events that you can’t go to all of them. Within an hour or so drive of Dripping Springs there are plenty of great places to go. Look a few up and go visit them.

Monday, 10 October is Columbus Day. It is also Thanksgiving day if you live in Canada. If you want to celebrate a little early, go ahead and do so.

For all of our Veterans: Thursday, 13 October is the 247th Birthday of the US Navy. A big Happy Birthday to all our current sailors and to all of our Navy veterans. The US Navy has about 337,000 active duty personnel, and about 102,000 in the Ready Reserve. It has almost 300 deployable combat vessels and over 2600 operational aircraft. The estimated tonnage of its active fleet exceeds the next 13 navies in the world. You should be proud. Go drink some grog. Go take a boat ride on Lake Austin or Lake Travis. Stay out of the barrel!!

At the very end of the month on Monday, 31 October we have Halloween. Watch out for all the little witches and goblins. Stock up on candy to pass out that night. Put on a costume and act like a fool when you answer the doorbell. Just remember: It is Trick or Treat.

We hope that your October will be a wonderful one.

COLONEL’S CORNER – SEPTEMBER 2022
Summer is almost over… The heat will slowly start to fade a little bit as we move toward Oct even though September can still be warm and humid.

You should already have your Fall garden planted by now. Fall tomatoes do really well if you plant them in August and keep them well watered until we get a little cooler weather. They will produce until the first cold weather and then they are pretty much gone.

Go and buy your Texas Hunting/Fishing License. Get the Combo as it is the best deal. Dove season is upon us. If you can find the right place, dove hunting can be one of the most enjoyable times of your life. Start going to your hunting lease if you have one. Now is the time to fix up your stand and get the cabin ready. Clean up, fix up, mow the grass, fill your feeders, get your stands ready. November will be here soon. Pray for some Fall rain.

School started in late August and Football season is here! Go out and support the Tigers. We have a beautiful stadium and have also moved up and into a different district. Could be rough for a while, but we will see. (By the way we just won our first game in the new 6A division. We beat Vandergrift HS 30-23).

Traffic has picked back up. You know this without me telling you. Every year it just gets worse. Leave early. Plan your trips. Lots of cars and trucks on the main roads of US290 and RR12. Be careful and drive safe.

Monday, 5 September, is Labor Day. It is a day to honor and remember the social and economic achievements of the American Workers.

Sunday, 11 September, is Patriot Day, a very important day for all of us to remember. Never forget this day. Teach your children and grandchildren about what happened on this day. It changed our lives forever. See you at the Triangle on 11 September!

Friday, 16 September, is POW/MIA Remembrance Day. Please take just a little time to think about and remember those Americans who are missing in action or that are held in captivity. They suffer greatly and deserve to be remembered. Bow your head and say a silent prayer for them. May they never be forgotten.

Finally, one more important date–18 September 1947. This is the 75th Birthday of the finest Air Force that the world has ever seen. It was given birth by the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Army Air Force. In 1947, it became a separate Service of its own. The Air Force has about 316,000 Active-Duty personnel, 70,000 Reserves, and 108,000 Air National Guard Personnel. They have about 1355 Fighter Aircraft, 233 Tankers, and 118 Bombers along with many other miscellaneous aircraft. Congratulations to all the men and women who now serve and who have served in the USAF. We are very proud of you.

And thus ends the busy month of September 2022. Have a wonderful month!

The 4th of August is the Birthday of the United States Coast Guard. Happy Birthday! The Coast Guard will be 232 years old. They were established a long time ago in 1790! What in the world did they do to keep busy? They only had ten ships then but they were given the mission to enforce Federal tariffs and help prevent smuggling. Coast Guard members have served in 17 wars or conflicts throughout U S History.

Who was the oldest serving member of the Coast Guard? Anthony Christy. Who is he you ask? He was the Lighthouse Keeper of the Christiana Lighthouse in Delaware. He died while on duly in September 1862. By the way he was 105 years old! Now that was one old crusty Coastie.

Is the Coast Guard a Military Service? No and Yes. Since 2003 they have been operating as part of the Department of Homeland Security. In wartime they revert back to the Department of Defense.

The first Coast Guard Cutter, the “Valiant,” was launched in 1791. Today this refers to ships that are over 65 feet long. The first permanent Coast Guard Air Station was established at Camp May, NJ in 1926. The oldest Coast Guard Boat Station is Sandy Hook, NJ. In 1967 the Coast Guard started painting “Racing Stripes” on its vessels. These Red Slash Design or Stripes are now well known on their ships.

The motto of the Coast Guard is “Semper Paratus,” meaning “Always Prepared.” They were surely prepared in WWII. Did you know that almost a quarter of a million Guardsmen served in the USCG during WWII?

President George Washington commissioned the first Coast Guard Officer, Captain Hopley Yeaton on March 21, 1791. Many years later the first two uniformed women joined the Coast Guard in 1918. Two sisters, Genevieve and Lucille Baker, were the first females in the USCG.

Now you know more about the USCG than 99% of the people in the USA and the world! Good knowledge. Enjoy the August Heat. Go down to Port A for a vacation. There is a Coast Guard Station at Port A. This Coast Guard Station is real near a great old beer joint called “Shorty’s.” I think that this place has been there since 1946. Drop by and tell the “Coasties” thank you for their service.

It is starting to get hot and humid. It must be July. This month and next month are usually a couple of pretty warm months around here. The Lazy Hazy Days of Summer. Everything starts to slow down a little. Thank the good Lord that we have working A/C units in our houses and vehicles.

Can you imagine the days, back in the 40’s and 50’s in Dripping Springs, before A/C? Think about the houses, the places of business, the churches. What about sleeping at night with the windows open wide to let in just a slight breeze. The summers had to be brutal in those days. We are actually pretty lucky to be living in these days.

So what is going on in July in Dripping Springs? Everyone knows about the 4th of July, INDEPENDENCE DAY. 246 years ago, the original 13 colonies declared independence from Britain. As would be expected this started a war. You might even call it an “insurrection.” That’s what happens when the people start getting a little upset with the way things seem to be going. Oh well, you know how the story ends. Just be happy that we have the freedoms that we do have now. We are very lucky to live in a wonderful country, a wonderful state, and a wonderful community. Fly your flags. Teach your children and grandchildren about the story of our Independence. Go shoot some fireworks or go watch a fireworks display. Count your blessings, for they are many.

We have very few Korean War veterans left among us but if you know any please give them thanks for their service during the Korean War in 1951-53. It was a messy and miserable war that ended, not in a victory, but with an Armistice. Now, 69 years later, we still have a divided country and we still have almost 30,000 U.S. Troops stationed in South Korea. Anyway, on the 27th of July 1953 we signed an Armistice to end the fighting in the Korean Conflict. It is a day that we remember and a day that we honor our Korean War Veterans. We thank them for their sacrifices.

Have a great and enjoyable summer!

Here we are in June 2022. School is out. Summer is about to begin. Summer actually starts early in the morning of 21 June, the Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year and probably another long hot day in DSTX. Go swimming! Or stay inside and enjoy the AC.

What’s important to us in June? Well one of the most important things to remember is Monday, 6 June, D-DAY. On this day, 78 years ago, thousands of young soldiers, sailors, and airmen were on their way from England to the beaches of Normandy, France. The big invasion of mainland Europe had begun. Just the First U S Army counted about 1500 KIA, 2000 missing, and 6600 wounded. When it was all over, we had gained a foothold in France. This would be the beginning of the end for the Axis powers in Europe. There was still almost one more year of fierce fighting ahead. But this is a day to remember. Teach your children and grandchildren about this day.

14 June is FLAG DAY. It is also the 247th Birthday of the Senior Service, the United States Army. The Army has about 500,000 active duty members. Happy Birthday Army. Thanks go out to all our Army Veterans for their service to our country in times of war and peace.

On Sunday, 19 June we should all honor and remember our Fathers on Fathers Day 2022. Take your dad out for a meal. Give him a call. Go visit him. Tell him that you love him. Most of our dads are pretty good guys. Count yourself lucky if your dad is still around for you.

Lots of good things for our members to do in June. Central Texas is a great place to go for short trips or vacations. The coast is a great place in the summer. Go spend a week or a weekend in Port A. San Antonio is also a wonderful place to visit for a few days. Go down to the River Walk. Go to The Pearl. Go to the SA Zoo. Go visit the Alamo and teach your kids about Texas History. June is a Great Month for family time. Sorry about the price of gas though!!! You may have to put a windmill or a solar panel on top of your car or truck.

There are several important dates in the Merry Month of May that are important to us all. The first one is Loyalty Day, 1 May 2022. What is Loyalty Day you say? I have never heard of this day. Well, way back in 1921, during the first “Red Scare,” the day was proposed as Americanization Day. It was a day with the intention to replace May Day and International Worker’s Day, a counter to Communism. Between 1930-1950 several large rallies were held and attended by millions of people who demanded that May 1st be a day to celebrate Patriotism. The day was brought back in 1955 and officially recognized in 1958 as Loyalty Day to be celebrated on 1 May. Fly your flags. Hold a parade in your neighborhood. Just be happy that we do not live under communism.

The second important day is 8 May, V-E DAY. Victory in Europe, 8 May 1945. Half the war was won. Now let’s go to the Pacific and finish the war so that our troops can finally come home after a long four years. It is celebrated mainly in Britain and the United States. This is the date that we celebrate the formal acceptance of unconditional surrender by Nazi Germany. This was a big deal. Now we could concentrate all our efforts on defeating Japan. Fly your flags. Teach your Children and Grandkids what the day is so they will continue to remember.

Remember something else on 8 May. Really remember this day or you will be in trouble. This is Mother’s Day. Remember your Mother and the Mother of your children. Really important. Get them some flowers and some chocolates. Take them out to eat. Treat them nice and tell them that you love them. A day that we should never forget.

Armed Forces Day is 15 May. A day that each of us veterans should remember. It is a day to honor those who currently serve in all six branches of service. If you see a current military member thank them and buy them a meal or a drink. Show them that you are behind them 100%.

Every one of us knows that Monday, 30 May is Memorial Day. This very important day is the day that we honor those warriors who died while serving in the United States Military. About 1.3 million have died in all our wars. Close to half died just during the Civil War. Remember them. Honor them. Never Forget. Go to a cemetery and place a flag on the grave of one of these warriors. Take your children and grandchildren with you.

There are two really nice months in Texas that are always nice. April and October. So here we are in April 2022. One of the problems with April is that there are too many things to do. Everyone, every organization, every group has a BBQ or a party or something in April. Too many things to do and places to go. So, just pick out a few and go to them.

Remember Monday, 11 April. Why you ask? Well, I will tell you. Because I have been married to my wonderful wife Sandy for 41 years and I really need to remember this day. Flowers are on the way dear!

DS is planning Founder’s Day again this year after a two-year break. 22-24 April. It should be huge this year. Hopefully we will be doing the event parking again this year. It is a great money maker. Get ready to pitch in and help us work and park vehicles.

The day before Founders Day is one of the most important days in Texas History and a great day for all Aggies. 21 April is San Jacinto Day. Just about one and a half months after the Fall of the Alamo, Gen. Sam Houston lead the Texan Army in battle against Santa Anna and his large Mexican Army. The battle was alongside San Jacinto Bay near present day La Porte and Pasadena. It was all over in just about 18 minutes. The Texans won a great victory. It was the final and most decisive battle of the Texas Revolution. A Great Day in Texas History. The present-day site has the large San Jacinto Monument, 567.3 feet high, with a 220 ton star on top. It is the World’s Tallest War Monument, 15 feet taller that the Washington Monument. Go visit it and take your kids. Tell them the story.

But what about the Aggies you say. Well let me tell you a story. On April 21, 1942, on the Island of Corregidor in the Philippine Islands, a group of Aggie soldiers, lead by Major Tom Dooley and BG George F. Moore, gathered all the Aggies that they could find and held a ceremony, a muster. All present knew that their names could soon be called also. Thus began a hallowed tradition that carries on to this day. Wherever there are at least two Aggies present on 21 April they will gather and Muster and remember those Aggies who have gone on to greener pastures. When a departed name is called, another Aggie will stand and reply: “Here”. Another great Texas A&M tradition. Gig ’em.

Go back and remember Sunday, 17 April. Easter Day. Take your family to the church of your choice. This is a very important day for many people worldwide. Order some flowers for your wife and daughters. Take them out for a nice meal after church. Go for a nice drive in the Hill Country and enjoy the Bluebonnets. This is a really great time of the year in Central Texas. You are glad that you live here aren’t you?

March is a busy month. Where do we start? How about on the 2nd. Tuesday, 2 March is Texas Independence Day. This is a celebration of the signing of the document that declared Texas’ Independence from Mexico. Signed on 2 March 1836, 59 delegates, settlers in Mexican Tejas, officially declared their independence from Mexico, and created the Republic of Texas. Let the fight begin!

Sunday, 6 March 1836. Declaring Independence and actually having it are two different things. On 6 March 1836, after holding out for 13 days, the Mexican Forces, numbering about 1,500 or more, over ran the Alamo and killed all 186 defenders, including Commander Wm. B. Travis, David Crockett, Jim Bowie, and many other very brave men who stood and fought to the death. Remember the Alamo!

Daylight Savings starts on Sunday, 13 March. Spring Forward one hour. (Actually starts at 2:00 am on Saturday).

The First Official Day of Spring is usually considered to be on Monday, 21 March. The Spring Equinox actually starts at 11:32 AM on Sunday, 20 March. About 12 equal hours of daylight and dark. Spring is Sprung and it is time to start planting your gardens. Actually, the 15th is a good time as this is considered to be the last day of any anticipated frost. Be careful, as Jack will sometimes catch you.

Military History – Thursday, 24 March is the day that was the “Start of the Kosovo Campaign” in 1999. Remember and thank our Kosovo Vets. A week later, Thursday, 31 March is the date that marks the “End of Operation Restore Hope” in Somalia. This was in 1995. Remember and thank our Somalia Vets.

Weather in March? Who knows? Windy, rainy, cold, warm, just about anything that you want. A few bluebonnets will start to pop up. Get ready for another great Texas Spring. Do not call your kinfolk in CA and up North and tell them how nice it is down here. Really, don’t do it!!