Real-life Superheroes – National Military Appreciation Month


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CBS News reports Marvels’™ “Avengers Endgame”, “…shattered the record for biggest opening weekend with an estimated $350 million in ticket sales domestically and $1.2 billion globally”.


Superhero movies resonate because it is inspiring to see others tap into an inner strength in a way we all aspire to do. When faced with adversity we all hope to have the strength to rise above, access our superhero powers and stand up for what is right.


There are some remarkable fictional superheroes, but today, I encourage you to celebrate real life superheroes with me. I stand in awe of the members of our military, reservists, veterans and their military children as part of National Military Appreciation Month.  Here are some of my superheroes:


U.S. Air Force Pilots

Captain Marvel™, started as an Air Force pilot, but our real-life Air Force pilots (about 766 female pilots according to the Air Force personnel services) are even more impressive. Women first entered pilot training in 1976, fighter pilot training in 1993 and in 2015, the first female Air Force pilot flew the F-35.

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This female Air Force pilot who previously flew F-15E Strike Eagles, made history as the first female F-35 pilot in the program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson)

U.S. Navy SEALs
Aquaman™ may be a man of land and sea, but lacks the triple threat of air support operations our US Navy SEALs possess. U.S. Navy SEALs engage in a continuous training cycle to improve and further skills needed to protect our Nation’s sons and daughters across the globe.

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A member assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group 2 conducts military dive operations in the Gulf of Mexico, Oct. 11, 2018.. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jayme Pastoric/Released)


U.S. Army Paratroopers
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…the U.S. Army Paratroopers! U.S. Army Airborne units parachute through the air unafraid, fighting hard to jump, fight and win on any drop done in the world.

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Paratroopers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division load an Airforce C-17 Globemaster aircraft to conduct Operation Panther Storm on Thursday, March 28 at Fort Bragg’s Pope Army Airfield. Operation Panther Storm was a training exercise. Photo by Sgt. Taylor Hoganson


Military Kids

Spiderman™ is a multi-talented teenager but cannot compare to the life skills of military children. Military brats stand strong and brave in the face of parental deployment, moving frequently to new cities and emotional stress. Their resilience is truly inspiring.

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Marines from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223 returned from a deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Africa (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cody Rowe)/Released


U.S. Marine Corps

U.S .Marines’ superspeed and strength comes from true grit and determination. The minimum physical requirements for female recruit to begin training are 44 crunches in two minutes, 1 pull-up untimed or 15 push-ups in two minutes, and a 1.5-mile run in 15 minutes. Marines defend our country with fierce courage that rivals Wonder Woman™.

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Recruits with November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, complete morning physical fitness exercises aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Feb 21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Warrant officer Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)

We all look for something special within ourselves that sets us apart, but military members have that something special. Their passion and commitment to serve is a superpower and I am proud to honor them today and every day. Celebrate real life superheroes by thanking those who serve and protect.


Who is your real-life superhero? Share in the comments.



About the Blogger: Briana Hartzell is a Navy spouse, mother to two beautiful girls (5 and 3 years), a former full time USAA employee and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Briana writes at Being Briana, a blog focused on the joys that military life and parenthood can bring.


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