Air Force Staff Sergeant Creating Wreaths From Old Uniforms

Air Force Staff Sergeant Creating Wreaths From Old Uniforms vintage marine uniform (Dreamstime)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Friday, 25 December 2020 02:34 PM

An Air Force staff sergeant is repurposing old military uniforms into patriotic wreaths to allow owners to both remember family members' service while celebrating the holidays.

''I started the business because the Air Force was switching over to new uniforms, and I wanted to find a cool way to memorialize my old ones,'' Staff Sgt. Nicole Pompei, 29, of Texas, told People magazine. ''Thanks to some help from my crafty mother, we came up with this design.''

Pompei sells the uniforms through her company, Wreaths by Nicole, which was launched in July. She is on active duty with the Air Force, and also served with the Marine Corps.

Some of the wreaths, which come in various sizes and designs, reflect patriotic themes while others have a holiday theme. Pompei said it takes around four hours to make a wreath.

One of her more interesting wreaths was made for a customer who had sent her three uniforms from 1946.

"This was the second time I’ve received uniforms that were almost 80 years old,'' she said on her Facebook page. ''I almost didn’t have the heart to cut them. I’m happy I did. Now they have a blended memento that they can hold with them for a lifetime.''

Pompei said she never expected to make a business out of her hobby, but her Facebook inbox soon became full of requests.

''The most rewarding part is hearing all of the stories of my customers and their family members,'' she said. ''I feel so honored that I can memorialize and honor their service. I have such respect for anybody who has served in the military.''

McRaven Calls Pentagon’s Post-Esper Team ‘Inexperienced’

McRaven Calls Pentagon's Post-Esper Team 'Inexperienced' mark esper answers questions at a table Former Sec. of Defense Mark Esper in July 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

By Cathy Burke | Sunday, 29 November 2020 11:35 AM

Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, a former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command and a critic of President Donald Trump, said Sunday the Pentagon’s new team after Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s firing is “inexperienced.”

In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” McRaven said he isn’t questioning the competence of Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, Michael Ellis, a new general counsel at the National Security Agency, and new Pentagon advisor retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor.

But he said they were made with a political agenda in mind.

“The new team, maybe they’re good folks but they are inexperienced,” McRaven said. “And what they are trying to do, of course, is to push forward President [Donald] Trump’s agenda, particularly when it comes to Iraq and Afghanistan, and drawing down the number of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“What I’ve said before is, look, we can have reasonable policy discussions on how many people we ought to have in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he continued.

“But what we don’t want to do is we don’t want to rush to failure. We don’t want to pull everybody out of Afghanistan and risk putting the troops … in greater harm’s way.”

He added the new team “appears” to be “really rushing to get a lot of Trump’s agenda resolved before a President [Joe] Biden comes on.”

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Scott Baio to Newsmax TV: Woke Dems Actually Woke GOP

Scott Baio to Newsmax TV: Woke Dems Actually Woke GOP (Newsmax TV's "The Count")

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:06 PM

The woke Democrats thought they were inspiring their base, but all of the gains by Republicans in the election were a result the GOP being awoken, according to conservative director and actor Scott Baio on Newsmax TV.

"I think it was huge," Baio told Saturday's "The Count" hosted by Tom Basile and Mark Halperin. "We're being censored, Mark.

"TV shows are all woke. There is nowhere you can go in the culture anymore – movies, television, music – where you're not being lectured to or being accused of something. It's completely out of control."

President Donald Trump connected to real Americans, Baio said.

"He talks straight; there's no gray in him," he continued.

"I don't need to take out my political decoder ring every time he speaks. I think that in itself is Trump's connection with people."

Important: See Newsmax TV now carried in 70 million cable homes, on DirecTV Ch. 349, Dish Network Ch. 216, Xfinity Ch. 1115, Spectrum, U-verse Ch. 1220, FiOS Ch. 615, Optimum Ch. 102, Cox cable, Suddenlink Ch. 102, CenturyLink 1209, Mediacom Ch. 277, Frontier 615 or Find More Cable Systems – Click Here.

Scott Baio to Newsmax TV: Woke Dems Actually Woke GOP

Scott Baio to Newsmax TV: Woke Dems Actually Woke GOP (Newsmax TV's "The Count")

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:06 PM

The woke Democrats thought they were inspiring their base, but all of the gains by Republicans in the election were a result the GOP being awoken, according to conservative director and actor Scott Baio on Newsmax TV.

"I think it was huge," Baio told Saturday's "The Count" hosted by Tom Basile and Mark Halperin. "We're being censored, Mark.

"TV shows are all woke. There is nowhere you can go in the culture anymore – movies, television, music – where you're not being lectured to or being accused of something. It's completely out of control."

President Donald Trump connected to real Americans, Baio said.

"He talks straight; there's no gray in him," he continued.

"I don't need to take out my political decoder ring every time he speaks. I think that in itself is Trump's connection with people."

Important: See Newsmax TV now carried in 70 million cable homes, on DirecTV Ch. 349, Dish Network Ch. 216, Xfinity Ch. 1115, Spectrum, U-verse Ch. 1220, FiOS Ch. 615, Optimum Ch. 102, Cox cable, Suddenlink Ch. 102, CenturyLink 1209, Mediacom Ch. 277, Frontier 615 or Find More Cable Systems – Click Here.

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