Thunderbirds to Perform Flyover for Superbowl 53

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The United States Air Force “Thunderbirds” are scheduled to perform the opening flyover for Superbowl 53 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sunday, February 3, 2019.  The Thunderbirds last performed a Superbowl flyover in 2017 during Superbowl 51 in Houston.

In a game featuring the Rams and the Patriots, many are excited to witness the Superbowl rematch between the teams that occurred seventeen years ago.  The game will be shown on CBS.

The Thunderbirds will perform the flyby after launching from nearby Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia. For more information, visit this website.  Also, for information on the Thunderbirds, click here.

The author, United States Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler is the lead consultant and CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, supply, technology, logistics and production.  Brig Gen (ret) Buhler enjoys attending airshows and while serving as a Captain, was a member of the US Air Force “Thunderbirds,” serving as the team’s maintenance officer.

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American Legion Helping Coast Guardsmen

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Due to the government shutdown, the American Legion is working with Coast Guard Mutual Assistance to provide financial help through the American Legion’s Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program.

According to the American Legion, the TFA grant helps “minor children in the home of active-duty servicemembers or current American Legion members with assistance for the costs of shelter, food, utilities, clothing, and health expenses during times of financial need.”

As a part of the effort, there is an abbreviated TFA application for active duty Coast Guard members with minor children in the home.  The program is expected to last during the government shutdown.

Various American Legion posts are engaging to help through heart-warming efforts by members and volunteers, such as the DC Legion’s DC Post 8 whose efforts are chronicled here.

For a video on the effort, visit this link. Additionally, for more information, please visit this article.  According to the Legion, the number to call with eligibility and application questions is 800-504-4098.  Lastly, to donate to the American Legion, please visit this link.

The author, Carl Buhler, is retired Air Force retired Brigadier General.  After active-duty retirement, Carl started consulting and opened Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services across the aircraft maintenance, logistics, technology, SBIR, supply and production areas.  Carl is a member of several veteran support organizations and is a proud member of the American Legion.

NYC – Air Force Pitch Day

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In an effort to quickly bring technology and innovation into the Air Force to solve problems, the Air Force announced its upcoming New York City Pitch Day.  March 6 and March 7, 2019 are the days where $40 million will be made available to startups, academia, and small businesses who will pitch their proposal to Air Force leaders. Using the tagline “[c]ontracting at the speed of innovation,” the Air Force aims to provide fast contracts that are one page long.

Per the Air Force’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) website, Dr Will Roper, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics is quoted as sayingPitch Days are new fast tracks for startups to work with the Air Force. Modeled after commercial investment pitch competitions, our goal is to award $40 million to startups using one-day, one-page contracts. These awards use convenient credit card payments— we want partnering with the Air Force to be easy and energizing!

Companies have 30 days to submit their pitch deck and proposals which began on January 8, 2019 and ends on February 6, 2019.  After reviewing the proposal and pitch decks, some companies will receive an invite to attend the NYC Pitch Day. Development contracts for the initial phase could be up to $158,000 and notification to the selected companies will occur by February 15, 2019.

The Air Force added on their SBIR website, “[m]any mind-blowing ideas are being birthed in U.S. startup companies, but the Pentagon largely misses out on them. For our big bureaucracy, awarding a contract in months is a flash.“  For a video on the event, visit

Additionally, for more information on the New York City Pitch Day, visit the Air Force SBIR website.  The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler is the CEO and Lead Consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, supply, logistics, technology, and production. Carl is a technology enthusiast and a member of the Air Force Association and National Defense Industrial Association.