Tuesday, December 31, 2013

THE SIGEP PATRIOTS PROJECT IN 2013

It was quite a year for the SigEp Patriots Project (SPP). In 2014, we look forward to continued growth and progress toward all of our goals, including having a comprehensive list of Brothers who serve/served in the U.S. military, and learning about them in order to honor and remember their accomplishments and sacrifices.

In 2013,
* the SPP holdings now contain the names of 4,386 SigEp Patriots – an increase of 19% from last year; additionally, the SPP archives now contain over 1,740 photographs and 1,000 pages of Word documents;


SPP t-shirt logo
* the only Facebook group solely comprised of SigEp Patriots – SigEps Who Serve – is the official SPP Facebook group and it grew by 20% to 658 Brothers (click on the link if you are a current or former military brother on Facebook; if you aren’t on Facebook, SPP has a listserve to help you connect with other SigEp Patriots);

* Care packages were sent to SigEp Patriots serving overseas at an average of every other week for a total of 26;

* 36 editions of “This Week in SigEp Patriot History” were posted on Facebook and www.sigepblog.org;
 
* in August, SPP t-shirts were sold at Conclave in Dallas, to Brothers all over the country and serving overseas, and continue to be sold on SigEpic’s website at https://www.interstated.com/store/sigepic;


The SPP U.S. and SigEp flags flying
aboard USS Nimitz (October 2013)
* the SPP Legacy Flag Project continued to coordinate the passing of a U.S. and SigEp flag among SigEp Patriots serving down range; this year it stopped in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain and aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) deployed in the Persian Gulf – the first time the SigEp flag has ever flown aboard a U.S. Navy warship (send me an email if you are interested in receiving the flags);



* Veteran’s Day 2013 was observed by 15 undergraduate and alumni Brothers at Arlington National Cemetery where red roses were placed at the gravesites of more than 30 SigEp Patriots buried there;
Arlington National Cemetery
(November 12, 2013)
















* the SPP leadership grew to 43 chapter points of contact (POC) and three-time Operation ENDURING FREEDOM Veteran and MT Alpha Brother Petty Officer Second Class (Seabee Combat Warfare and Expeditionary Warfare Qualified) J.T. Yancy, U.S. Navy volunteered to serve as the POC Coordinator – West (military and non-military Brothers interested in serving as a chapter POC can drop me an email),

* and the SigEp Patriots Project is now on Twitter @SigEpsWhoServe

We plan to serve you more in 2014! Happy New Year to you and yours!

Fraternally and Respectfully,

Brother Ed Jones
Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy Reserve
NY Eta ‘96
Founder, SigEp Patriots Project
sigepswhoserve@gmail.com