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October 21, 2011

Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz breaks through as first woman to command U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Posted: 01:35 PM ET


The U.S. Coast Guard Academy made headlines this year when a female was chosen to take the helm, in fact Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz is the first woman to lead ANY of the U.S. Military Academies. And now, for the second year in a row, the school she leads ranks as one of the top colleges in the country according to U.S. News and World Report. That’s just a couple of the reasons she is a “Morning Express with Robin MeadeBreakthrough Woman.

Admiral Stosz offers some great advice, not just for women, but for anyone who wants to make their mark on life. She says, “Too many people are looking for a secret ingredient and they're trying to take lessons from what everyone else tells them as the way to succeed. You just need to be yourself. Stand tall, proud and confident.

Meet all of the Morning Express with Robin Meade "Breakthrough Women."

Do you know a Breakthrough Woman? Nominate her at iReport.com.

Filed under: Breakthrough Women • Salute to Troops


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October 19, 2011

Single military mom gets "Salute to Troops" surprise

Posted: 06:28 PM ET

We were thrilled to be a part of a special surprise this morning for Sergeant 1st Class Casandra Sanders.

Sgt. Sanders is one of the 70,000 American service members who are single parents. Her two daughters Kiera and Jade have already been away from their mom during a deployment to Kuwait in 2005. Now the family is facing a second deployment, possibly to Afghanistan next year... so in order to make sure they get as much together-time as possible before that happens we teamed up with Operation G.I. Jane, an organization that provides support for single moms who serve in the military.

Thanks to Operation G. I. Jane, Sgt. Sanders and her two daughters will be "deploying" together to a luxury hotel for three nights of indulgence. But wait, there's more! Wait till you see Kiera and Jade's reaction to ANOTHER surprise... an iPod Touch for each! Priceless!

With a full 5 percent of American Military raising a family in a single parent home, military supports groups can be vital resources. For example, Operation G.I. Jane helps to provide communication between deployed parents and their children, airfare for much-needed visits home, necessities kits for both mother and child, and even career transition help.

If you are a single mom in the military or if you'd like to lend a helping hand to single moms who serve, visit Operation-GIJane.org.

Single military dads, and military families in general can visit the U.S. Department of Defense Military Family Support page to find resources as well.

Submit a salute of your own by visiting the special Morning Express with Robin Meade Salute To Troops assignment page at: iReport.com!

Filed under: Salute to Troops


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October 12, 2011

'The Big Thank You' – Send a letter to a service member

Posted: 05:30 AM ET

The Big Thank You - Send a letter to a military person

Thanks to Bert Weiss for taking time away from HIS morning radio show, "The Bert Show," (heard in Atlanta, Nashville, Indianapolis & thebertshow.com) to sit down on OUR morning show and tell us about this great thing you can do right now to say thanks to a military man or woman serving overseas this holiday season.

If you'd like to take part in "The Big Thank You" here are the guidelines (or visit thebertshow.com for full details):

LETTER FORMAT:
Each letter should be heartfelt, handwritten, original, and free of any political statements. The purpose of the letter is to express thanks to the military personnel currently deployed outside the United States. We reserve the right to eliminate those messages that are political in nature and do not reflect a positive message in the spirit of Thanksgiving. Those letters will be destroyed.

All letters must be on 8.5” x 11” paper or smaller. Do not use glue, tape, staples, cardboard, glitter or otherwise attach anything to the paper. Decorate using crayons, pencil, etc. Use both sides if you like, but use one page per letter only. Do not send cards or photographs. Feel free to include your mailing and email address, and you may get a response. Individual letters should not be sealed in envelopes.

Do not send anything except letters. We cannot accept donations of any kind, and they should not be included or attached to letters.

SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:
The Bert Show’s Big Thank You
780 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Fifth Floor
Atlanta, GA 30342

There are other drop off and mail-in locations as well... visit thebertshow.com for all that information.

Want an example? Here's Robin's letter: Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Behind the Scenes • Extras • Salute to Troops


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September 14, 2011

Military wives get the surprise of their lives live on Morning Express

Posted: 12:46 PM ET

Ropbin Meade surprise salute to troops

How emotional was our surprise military reunion on the set today? Robin says, "First time in my career I couldn’t keep from choking up on camera."

It was a real honor to be a part of the moment when Senior Airmen Keith Graft and Domenic Mash were reunited with their wives Lauren and Katlyn who had NO IDEA what was coming. Add to all that emotion, the fact that these two guys were meeting their newborn babies for the FIRST TIME! They'd only seen the little ones on SKYPE! If you missed it this morning click on the pic above or click here to see the moment as it happened live.

Filed under: Salute to Troops


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August 31, 2011

Fallen Navy SEAL's dog may lead Iowa Hawkeyes onto the field

Posted: 11:34 AM ET

Here are a few Sports stories that will tug on your heart-strings on this Hump Day…

While family and friends mourn the death of Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, his dog remains beside the casket.

The dog that refused to leave the casket of fallen Navy Seal Jon Tumilson, will now help commemorate the troops at a college football game. His name is Hawkeye and they're talking about having him lead the Iowa Hawkeyes onto the field. The team has announced that they will honor Jon Tumilson at one of two home games in November. University officials said they will work with Tumilson's family to determine what role his dog, Hawkeye, might play in the memorial. Tumilson's dog captured America's heart last week when he laid at the casket of his fallen best friend. The 35-year-old Tumilson, who grew up in northern Iowa, was one of the American soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6th when his helicopter was shot down. Tumilson, who joined the Navy after graduating high school in Iowa in 1995, was a big Hawkeye football fan. A former Iowa player suggested that Hawkeye, the dog, lead the team on the field as a way to honor Tumilson's sacrifice.

The NFL is gonna rock out, with a big concert before next week's opening night game. We're talking Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum and Maroon 5! We're 8 days away from the free concert, which will air at 7:30 p.m. ET - an hour before the Saints-Packers kickoff up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This huge concert will be a little better than the gig Lady Antebellum played in Wisconsin a few years ago. The country trio played at a gas station at 5:30 in the morning to a handful of half-awake deer hunters near Slinger, Wisconsin. They later called it one of their worst gigs ever! They've come a long way from playing gas stations!

In other football news, the NFL and its players will honor the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by donating $1 million to 9/11 charities...

The Stanley Cup got a new dent this week. Former Boston Bruin Michael Ryder had the NHL's huge championship trophy in St. John's, Newfoundland (Each player from the NHL championship team gets the Stanley Cup for one day), and when he placed it on the edge of a table... down went the cup!!! Resulting in a huge dent on the top. Brad Marchand, who had the cup before Ryder said, "I don't know if I want to give it to him because I'm scared it's not going to come back."

Have a great day, and remember… after reading this, you’re now about 5 minutes closer to your 3-day weekend!!

*Follow "Morning Express with Robin Meade" sports anchor (and all around HLN go-to guy) Carlos Diaz on Twitter: @CarlosHLN

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March 15, 2011

U.S. honoring its last WWI veteran, Cpl. Frank Buckles

Posted: 10:28 AM ET

Army Corporal Frank Buckles lies in Honor at Arlington National Cemetery. He died last month at the age of 110. Cpl. Buckles will be buried with full military honors.

Filed under: Salute to Troops


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March 12, 2011

Adopt heroic working dogs from Iraq

Posted: 09:16 AM ET

Monday morning (3/14/2011) "Morning Express with Robin Meade" welcomed two retired military contractor dogs, Ivy and Nugget, onto the set. After their service sniffing out explosives in Iraq, these pups and many others need homes.

The official press release from the group that brought Ivy and Nugget to the states is below... if you are interested in providing these heroes a place to retire keep reading:

SPCA International Announces U.S. Arrival of 7 Heroic Working Dogs from Iraq

In an emotional journey, several dogs that worked tirelessly as contractors in Iraq for the U.S. Military and Coalition Forces are arrived in America this week for adoption after their many years of service in Iraq. The dogs worked primarily in the ‘Green Zone’ where they sniffed out explosives in vehicles at checkpoints, in military bases and buildings, at the airport and in hotels where Americans stayed while on business in Baghdad. Some of the dogs worked in land mine detection as well.

“We are extremely happy to be able to give these wartime heroes a new life in loving, caring homes after all their years of service in Iraq,” said Terri Crisp of the SPCA International (www.spcai.org). “These animals played an important and noble role protecting civilians and military personnel in Iraq and they deserve a comfortable retirement filled with love.”

The seven working dogs originally come from South Africa where they were trained before being relocated to Iraq where they worked for a security contractor based in Baghdad. One of the dogs’ biggest discoveries while in service came when they found a rocket at the Al Mansour Hotel in Baghdad where several Americans and members of the media were staying at the time of the detection. It is believed the dogs’ discovery may have saved hundreds of lives.

The dogs were retired from service at a typical age for service animals of their kind. Late in 2010, SPCA International learned that these American heroes were living in solitary dog runs with little hope of a happy future. Since then, SPCA International supporters have rallied around the dogs donating funds to help bring them to the United States and collecting over 7,000 signatures in support of their safe return.

The dogs range in age from 5 years old to 8. They are all in good health, except for one dog, Nugget, whose epilepsy forced his early retirement. All are very well-trained and behaved. Currently, three of the seven dogs have adoptive homes awaiting their arrival, but SPCA International is still looking for the right homes for the remaining four. People interested in giving these wartime heroes an honorable retirement in a loving home can email SPCA International at answers@spcai.org to enter the screening process.

For more information, go to www.spcai.org.

Filed under: Extras • Salute to Troops


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February 10, 2011

Military journalists visit "Morning Express with Robin Meade"

Posted: 10:57 AM ET

Robin and Military Journalists

Look for some of these faces in the days to come on "Morning Express with Robin Meade." They're a group of military journalists visiting Atlanta for training at a communications facility nearby.

After the show today they spent some time with Rafer and Robin, and then went back into the studio to record some special "Salutes to Troops." Instead of saluting their fellow service members, these men and women (from the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps) will be sending salutes to friends and family; to say, "thank you" for their support.

Filed under: Behind the Scenes • Rafer Weigel • Robin Meade • Salute to Troops


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December 12, 2010

Create your own 'Salute to Troops'

Posted: 07:19 AM ET

sendasalute.cnn.com

We're really excited about a new way for you to send a salute to the military man or woman in your life: the new 'create your own Salute to Troops' website!

We're still creating military salutes from the pictures and videos you upload to the Salute to Troops iReport page... and you'll still be seeing those every hour on Morning Express with Robin Meade. But with the new 'create your own Salute to Troops' website you can build your own customized, multimedia salute featuring photos of your hero, his or her name and rank, even your voice if you want. Then you can and send it off immediately! No waiting for it to show up on the air.

Click the pic above or click HERE to get started. If you want a little instruction first, watch the video below to get a step by step walk through with Robin and the Strong family. Have fun!

Submit a salute of your own by visiting the special Salute To Troops assignment page at: iReport.com! Or create your own salute and send it off immediately at sendasalute.cnn.com

Filed under: Salute to Troops


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November 11, 2010

Happy Veterans Day!

Posted: 08:07 AM ET

Morning sunshine!

Robin here.

Veterans thank you for your service. Whether you serve now - or served decades ago - thank you for defending our freedoms. Thank you!

Each day on the show, we air a Salute to Troops. Today, in honor of Veterans Day, we're playing more Salutes than usual. And at 10:30 am ET, I’m hosting a special 30-minute feature called “Veterans in Focus.” The special shares the stories of our veterans, through the lens of our photojournalists. For a closer look, check out the “Veterans in Focus” box on our website, cnn.com/Robin.

Last week, I performed my song “Welcome Home” at the Grand Ole Opry. The song is dedicated to the men and women serving in the military and their families. It talks about the special moment when families are reunited with their warriors.

Do you have a loved one in the military who recently returned home from deployment?

If so, send us pictures and video from your reunion.   They could be featured on our show during the holidays!

Click here for more info

Vets, again…thank you for defending our freedoms.

-Robin

Filed under: Morning Sunshine • Robin Meade • Salute to Troops • Welcome Home


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