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HOMEFRONT COOKING – BOOK REVIEW

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 5, 2018

BRYCE ON BOOKS

– A culinary delight for our men and women in uniform.

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During my lifetime, I have read a considerable number of books pertaining to history, including the military, but I recently came across something for veterans and those currently serving in uniform, a combination cookbook and memoir dedicated to our men and women in the service. It is 240 pages of recipes and interesting military tales from our veterans. Titled “Homefront Cooking,” it is written as a labor of love by authors Tracey Enerson Wood, Carol Van Drie, Mary Elizabeth Riffle, as well as over 50 contributors (including yours truly).

The authors solicited favorite recipes and stories from our vets. Some of the recipes are elaborate, some simple, yet all are delicious. In my case, I described my father’s military career during World War II where he had the unusual distinction of serving in both the Army and the Navy at the same time. I included one of his favorite dishes, lovingly called “Slop,” based on the fare he had while undergoing flight training in Laredo, Texas. The recipe was rather simple and economical, yet something we relished as a quick family meal.

The book contains recipes for everything from breakfast to dinner and dessert. The photos included make all the entrees look simply scrumptious. The stories accompanying the recipes are both humorous and heart-warming. The authors have done an outstanding job assembling a publication that would be cherished by anyone in uniform. Their goal is to honor veterans, while preserving moments of personal history before they are forgotten. It is worth noting, all of the authors’ profits will be donated to military service organizations. This specifically includes The Robert Irvine Foundation. Chef Irvine is perhaps best known for his highly rated TV show, “Restaurant: Impossible” on the Food Network and actively supports the troops.

The book comes in two forms: Hardbound for $24.83, and in eBook form (NOOK Book and Kindle; prices vary).

Here are the details:
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (May 8, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1510728708
ISBN-13: 978-1510728707
For info, see their Twitter account: @HomeFrontCkBk
Or on Facebook

The book is available from:
Skyhorse Publishing
Barnes & Noble
Amazon

For questions or to organize a book signing, contact the authors at: homefrontcooking4vets@gmail.com

This is a great gift idea for anyone who has served in the military, both in terms of the recipes and the stories.

Thank you ladies for your hard work in putting this altogether, and thanks for the memories.

Keep the Faith!

P.S., Be sure to see my video, “The PRIDE Renewal Tour,” on YouTube.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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MORALE IN THE MILITARY

Posted by Tim Bryce on October 28, 2015

BRYCE ON THE MILITARY

– Lowest since the Carter Administration.

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I happened to have lunch recently with a friend in the military, a captain in the Air Force. In the course of our conversation, he complained about the state of morale in the military. A few days later I happened to talk with another military friend, a captain in the Army, who also spoke of the growing morale problems in his branch of the military. The similarities of their separate remarks surprised me.

As captains, I look upon them as “middle management” in the military, charged with instructing their men under orders from their superiors. Remarkably, both painted a dismal picture, not at all what the general public perceives as the state of our military. What I heard was a dog-eat-dog world where there is little teamwork or cooperation, a cover-your-ass mentality, and people bailing out of the service as opposed to making it a career. They described a very bureaucratic world with an inordinate amount of paperwork impeding progress. There is also a lack of leadership, and you are discouraged from taking charge. In other words, there is no longer a culture of “improvise, adapt and overcome” as characterized by the Marines. Instead, it appears the military is suffering with a bad case of “Theory X,” a top-down autocratic form of management best characterized by the expression “micromanagement.”

I was also told the millennials coming into the service are “soft” as they feel entitled to promotions without having to earn it. This is alarming to people just ten years their senior.

After speaking with the captains, I was reminded of the military culture under President Jimmy Carter, which was perhaps one of our lowest points in recent memory. This all changed for the better when President Ronald Reagan became Commander-in-Chief.

Following these discussions, I decided to do a little investigation to see if these were legitimate grievances. It didn’t take me long to validate their stories. This past December, the “Military Times” ran a story titled, “America’s Military: A force adrift” which described a worsening morale crisis. The Times surveyed 2,300 active-duty troops and from this, “found morale indicators on the decline in nearly every aspect of military life. Troops report significantly lower overall job satisfaction, diminished respect for their superiors, and a declining interest in re-enlistment now compared to just five years ago. Today’s service members say they feel underpaid, under-equipped and under-appreciated, the survey data showed.”

The survey goes on to report, “active-duty troops reported a stunning drop in how they rated their overall quality of life: Just 56 percent call it good or excellent, down from 91 percent in 2009” (at the start of President Obama’s administration).

All of this follows years of deep cuts in the military and tens of thousands of troops pink slipped. Unfortunately, most soldiers do not see the military getting better any time soon, hence the growing disenchantment. From this perspective, the parallel to the Carter years is uncanny. What is most troubling is the American public has no idea of the problem and prefer to think everything is rosie in the military. The truth is, it is not. It should make us all wonder what kind of leadership we’ll have in our next armed conflict, and if anyone will follow.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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