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Woodcraft 2019 Turn for Troops Program Produces Over 15,000 Handcrafted Pens for Military Personnel

Allen Harp helps his son Allen turn a pen at The Woodworkers Club/Woodcraft of Rockville, Maryland, store during the Turn for Troops National Turn-a-Thon in November 2019.

“There is a core group of folks that are here every year and that we can always count on to give and receive nothing in return but the joy of giving.”

PARKERSBURG, W. VA. (PRWEB) January 17, 2020
Volunteers of all ages and skill levels handcrafted 15,385 unique wood pens in 2019 for the Woodcraft Turn for Troops program that sends the pens to military personnel on active duty or recovering from injuries. The total of pens turned since this program began 16 years ago is 190,609.
“Once again, dedicated volunteers have partnered with Woodcraft and its retail stores to provide unique thank-you gifts for the men and women who are defending our nation,” Woodcraft President and CEO Jack Bigger said. “On behalf of the corporate staff, I thank all the volunteers and Woodcraft personnel who made Turn for Troops successful for another year.”
The official Turn for Troops National Turn-a-Thon is scheduled each year on the weekend of Veterans Day at Woodcraft retail stores across the nation. In addition, woodturning clubs and individuals turn pens all year long.
Some of the pens turned this year went to the crew and officers of the US Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser that is stationed at San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Sentinel-class vessel is named for the great-great grandfather of Edward Sontag, owner of two Woodcraft stores in Virginia – Richmond and Norfolk. Winslow Griesser received a Gold Lifesaving Medal for his heroic efforts in a rescue while serving at the Buffalo Station in November 1900. Cutters in this class are named for Coast Guard heroes from the past.
“It would mean a lot to me if we could send some of our pens to the crew and officers as part of the Turn for Troops effort,” Sontag wrote in his pen request. “I have been blessed to have quite a few of my family members serve in the military. Mostly in the Coast Guard but also the Marines on my wife’s side. The whole family went to the commissioning in Puerto Rico.”
Stores Set RecordsThe Woodworkers Club/Woodcraft of Rockville, Maryland, set a record among stores by doubling its pen production from 902 in 2018 to 1,842 in 2019, thanks in a large part to the 1,250 pens turned by the Baltimore Area Turners club. This increase moved the store from number seven in 2018 to number three in 2019 in total number of pens turned by stores during one year. Likewise, it moved Rockville from 16th to ninth in overall contributions since the program began.
“We push hard for this event every year,” Chris Johnstone, one of the four store owners, said. “My dad, who died in 1997, was a veteran of World War ll, Korea and Vietnam. I have made it my mission to see this through every year in his memory. There is a core group of folks that are here every year and that we can always count on to give and receive nothing in return but the joy of giving.”
Two other stores also set records this year by passing the 20,000 mark in pens contributed over the past 16 years – Woodcraft of Tucson, Arizona, 21,232, and Woodcraft of Nashville, Tennessee, 20,218. They are the top two stores in overall totals. For 2019, Tucson kept its number two spot in yearly totals with 1,924. Nashville, with 1,297, dropped from number three to number five in 2019.
Woodcraft of Grand Rapids, Michigan, maintained its number one spot in 2019, with 2,222 pens, and moved from fourth to third place in overall totals with 17,904. Woodcraft of Boise, Idaho, remained in the top four stores in fourth place for both 2019 (1,389) and overall (17,543). The only other store to contribute 1,000+ pens in 2019 was Woodcraft of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with 1,065. Woodcraft of San Carlos, California, with a 10,503 overall pen total, is the only other store in the 10,000+ overall category.
Other TurnersVeteran Neil J. Hadden of Fredonia, New York, who has been contributing pens for over 10 years, made 150 pens, which brought his overall total to 1,134. Turners from The Villages, a retirement community in Florida, also joined the 1,000+ group this year after just two years. The 685 they turned in 2019 brought their total to 1,455.
Retired Navy Veteran Daniel Banz of Tonganoxie, Kansas, joined volunteer turners this year in making 155 pens. He has been making pens to give away for over 20 years.
After pens arrive the Woodcraft corporate headquarters, Woodcraft personnel check with their military contacts about where to send the new batch of pens. Sometimes stores will suggest recipients, and sometimes military personnel will reach out to Woodcraft after reading publicity about the annual event.
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SynQor® Releases an Advanced Military Field-Grade, 3-Phase Input UPS (UPS-1500-S-1U-T)

Balanced 3-Phase Input, 1250 Watt Military Field-Grade UPS, On-line Double Conversion, Hot-Swappable Internal Battery, Sealed, Shock-Proof, Weather-Proof Construction, 1U Rack Unit, Ultra-Low Weight (32 lb)
Press Release – updated: Jan 17, 2020 08:00 EST

BOXBOROUGH, Mass., January 17, 2020 (Newswire.com) – SynQor, Inc., announces its new 3-Phase balanced input military field-grade Uninterruptible Power Supply. In addition to providing a glitch-free, continuous power to loads, this UPS also tackles the difficult problem of unbalanced loads on 3-Phase systems in aircraft and ships. MIL-STD-1399-300B requires that all the phase currents be balanced to within ±5% for ships and ±3% for submarines.  Achieving this high degree of phase current balance with today’s single-phase electronic loads is now easy with the new SynQor 3-Phase input UPS. The 3-Phase input UPS allows Single-Phase loads to appear at the power source as a clean, well-behaved, nearly zero reactance balanced MIL-STD-1399-300B compliant 3-Phase load. The 3-Phase input UPS has a floating ground option for air or sea craft applications that might require that feature.
This 3-Phase input UPS is compact, ultra-light, fully isolated and designed for military and aerospace applications. This military field-grade UPS is designed to withstand the harshest and extreme electrical, shock/vibration and environmental conditions. The UPS can draw power from a 3-Phase “Wye” or “Delta” connected AC source or from a 28 Vdc power source if equipped with the optional DC input port. The backup power of the system is provided by an advanced, highly efficient, low-weight, compact, sealed lithium polymer battery pack. SynQor’s battery packs can significantly outperform other market solutions in the same class.  The Single-Phase output of the 3-Phase UPS can be selected to be 115 or 230 Vrms at 50, 60 or 400 Hz with a maximum output capacity of 1250W/1500VA. The 3-Phase input UPS also has two optional ports, DC1 and DC2. The DC1 port can deliver several different voltages from 12 to 50 Vdc at 500 W. The DC2 port, if the UPS is not equipped with the DC input option, can deliver up to 1250 W of regulated or semi-regulated 24, 28 or 50 Vdc.  Additional options for the UPS system include: a SNMP/Ethernet base module that allows real-time remote system monitoring with trap/email features that warn users and monitoring consoles of important system events; a 2U enclosure that increases battery run time from 10 to 24 minutes; a feature that allows wide dynamic input frequency range of operation (47-800 Hz) for variable frequency input AC applications; a droop share option that allows for load sharing of the DC2 output and a redundant (N+M) option that allows multiple UPS units to load share in either Single-Phase, Split-Phase or 3-Phase configurations. This UPS outperforms other products in its class in output power, efficiency, reliability, flexibility, weight and size. SynQor’s US products have a proven record not only of satisfying military specifications but going above and beyond specifications to deliver the most efficient and dependable solutions in the market.

 Features

Balanced load currents for 3-Phase sources; MIL STD 1399-300B
Universal AC input: 80-265VAC; 47-65Hz or 47-800Hz
Output Power: 1250W/1500VA at 115 or 230 Vrms at 50, 60 or 400 Hz
Built-in Load Sharing and Redundant (N+M) capabilities
>10-minute or > 24-minute battery run-time at full power
1U High Rack-Mount unit (17″ x 22.53″ x 1.73″)
Low Wight: 32 lb

 Specification Compliance

MIL-STD-1399-300B
MIL-STD-810G
MIL-STD-461F
MIL-STD-704F
MIL-STD-1275D

Download the UPS-1500-S-1U-T datasheet. The accessories page is linked here. For more information on this or for additional power application assistance please explore more at www.synqor.com or contact your local SynQor representative.
Media ContactCaroline Lussier978-849-0600​inquiries@synqor.com
Source: SynQor, Inc.

SynQor® Releases an Advanced Military Field-Grade, 3-Phase Input UPS (UPS-1500-S-1U-T)

Balanced 3-Phase Input, 1250 Watt Military Field-Grade UPS, On-line Double Conversion, Hot-Swappable Internal Battery, Sealed, Shock-Proof, Weather-Proof Construction, 1U Rack Unit, Ultra-Low Weight (32 lb)
Press Release – updated: Jan 17, 2020 08:00 EST

BOXBOROUGH, Mass., January 17, 2020 (Newswire.com) – SynQor, Inc., announces its new 3-Phase balanced input military field-grade Uninterruptible Power Supply. In addition to providing a glitch-free, continuous power to loads, this UPS also tackles the difficult problem of unbalanced loads on 3-Phase systems in aircraft and ships. MIL-STD-1399-300B requires that all the phase currents be balanced to within ±5% for ships and ±3% for submarines.  Achieving this high degree of phase current balance with today’s single-phase electronic loads is now easy with the new SynQor 3-Phase input UPS. The 3-Phase input UPS allows Single-Phase loads to appear at the power source as a clean, well-behaved, nearly zero reactance balanced MIL-STD-1399-300B compliant 3-Phase load. The 3-Phase input UPS has a floating ground option for air or sea craft applications that might require that feature.
This 3-Phase input UPS is compact, ultra-light, fully isolated and designed for military and aerospace applications. This military field-grade UPS is designed to withstand the harshest and extreme electrical, shock/vibration and environmental conditions. The UPS can draw power from a 3-Phase “Wye” or “Delta” connected AC source or from a 28 Vdc power source if equipped with the optional DC input port. The backup power of the system is provided by an advanced, highly efficient, low-weight, compact, sealed lithium polymer battery pack. SynQor’s battery packs can significantly outperform other market solutions in the same class.  The Single-Phase output of the 3-Phase UPS can be selected to be 115 or 230 Vrms at 50, 60 or 400 Hz with a maximum output capacity of 1250W/1500VA. The 3-Phase input UPS also has two optional ports, DC1 and DC2. The DC1 port can deliver several different voltages from 12 to 50 Vdc at 500 W. The DC2 port, if the UPS is not equipped with the DC input option, can deliver up to 1250 W of regulated or semi-regulated 24, 28 or 50 Vdc.  Additional options for the UPS system include: a SNMP/Ethernet base module that allows real-time remote system monitoring with trap/email features that warn users and monitoring consoles of important system events; a 2U enclosure that increases battery run time from 10 to 24 minutes; a feature that allows wide dynamic input frequency range of operation (47-800 Hz) for variable frequency input AC applications; a droop share option that allows for load sharing of the DC2 output and a redundant (N+M) option that allows multiple UPS units to load share in either Single-Phase, Split-Phase or 3-Phase configurations. This UPS outperforms other products in its class in output power, efficiency, reliability, flexibility, weight and size. SynQor’s US products have a proven record not only of satisfying military specifications but going above and beyond specifications to deliver the most efficient and dependable solutions in the market.

 Features

Balanced load currents for 3-Phase sources; MIL STD 1399-300B
Universal AC input: 80-265VAC; 47-65Hz or 47-800Hz
Output Power: 1250W/1500VA at 115 or 230 Vrms at 50, 60 or 400 Hz
Built-in Load Sharing and Redundant (N+M) capabilities
>10-minute or > 24-minute battery run-time at full power
1U High Rack-Mount unit (17″ x 22.53″ x 1.73″)
Low Wight: 32 lb

 Specification Compliance

MIL-STD-1399-300B
MIL-STD-810G
MIL-STD-461F
MIL-STD-704F
MIL-STD-1275D

Download the UPS-1500-S-1U-T datasheet. The accessories page is linked here. For more information on this or for additional power application assistance please explore more at www.synqor.com or contact your local SynQor representative.
Media ContactCaroline Lussier978-849-0600​inquiries@synqor.com
Source: SynQor, Inc.

Military Makeover with Montel Williams Renovates Family Home of Late Chris Hixon, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Athletic Director in Parkland, FL, and 27 Year Navy Veteran.

“Living in South FL, this particular makeover hit close to home and we were honored with the opportunity to help this family.” – Mark Alfieri, Founder and CEO of BrandStar

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (PRWEB) January 16, 2020
In true Military Makeover style, host Montel Williams, cast and crew, special guest WWE Superstar Lacey Evans and equally passionate national brands, give the gift of a beautifully renovated home to Debbi Hixon, wife of the late Chris Hixon. The first episode airs on February 14th at 7:30am EST, the second year anniversary of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stone Douglas High School. All aired episodes can be found at militarymakeover.tv.
U.S. Navy veteran Chris Hixon, a 27-year veteran (5 active, 22 reserve) who served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield, sacrificed his life on February 14, 2018, when the Athletic Director ran into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and tried to save the lives of students by disarming an active shooter. Hixon is survived by his wife Debbi and their two sons, Thomas and Corey. Chris Hixon received Military Funeral Honors before he was laid to rest at the early age of 49. “He loved being American and serving his country, and he instilled it in his students,” said Debbi. Debbi is a 29 year teacher in the Broward County School System and serves as a Magnet Coordinator.
In this season, The Military Makeover team came equipped with donations from generous partnerships that the show cultivates. Brand partners provided floors (Tarkett), roofing (ABC Supply), HVAC system (Goodman Manufacturing), cleaning supplies (Scotch Brite), computers (MyComputerCareer), insulation (Dupont), new kitchen (Allied Kitchen & Bath design, Caesarstone countertops, Omega cabinetry) and furniture (City Furniture). Landscaping was managed by The Scotts Company and a smart irrigation system was installed by Rachio Inc. Other brand partners such Chick-Fil-A fed the crew and Simon Properties treated the Hixon family to a one day Simon shopping experience.
Volunteers from the community and guest WWE Superstar Lacey Evans, a veteran of the U.S. Marines, stepped up to lend a hand in support of the Hixon family throughout the renovation process. The final reveal unites cast, national brand partners and volunteers, creating a literal “community celebration” of support for the change they created together.
“In the nearly three decades since I retired from the Navy, I’ve never really taken the uniform off because standing up for those who are serving now and those who have served has been the greatest honor of my professional career.” – Montel Williams, Host and Co-Executive Producer
“We are so fortunate to be able to cultivate strong partnerships with national brands, non-profits, and local military communities to make each makeover better than the next. Living in South FL, this particular makeover hit close to home and we were honored with the opportunity to help this family.” – Mark Alfieri, Founder and CEO of BrandStar
Military Makeover with Montel®, a BrandStar Original, is America’s Leading Branded Reality TV Show that offers hope and a helping hand here on the home front to members of our military and their loved ones. A veteran of both the Marine Corps and the Navy, talk show legend and military advocate Montel Williams, who creatively co-produces the show along with a colorful cast that seeks to transform the homes and lives of military families across the country. The cast includes co-host Art Edmond, designer Jennifer Bertrand and contractor Ryan Stanley. This special series enlists caring companies of all sizes as well as non-profits and the local community. Help starts at home for veterans on Military Makeover. Join us as our makeover team engages to change the living situation – and the lives – of these deserving families. Military Makeover with Montel EPK
Season 21 Air Dates on Lifetime 7:30am EST
Feb. 14th & Feb. 18th – Premier | Episode #1Feb. 21 & March 26th – Episode #2Feb. 27th & March 27th – Episode #3Feb. 28th & Apr. 2nd – Episode #4Mar. 5th & Apr. 3rd – Episode #5Mar. 6th – Apr 9th – Episode #6Mar. 12th & Apr 10th – Episode #7Mar. 13th & Apr 16th – Episode #8Mar. 19th & Apr 17th – Episode #9Mar. 21st & Apr 23rd – Episode #10

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GovX Donates a Record $75,000 to Military and First Responder Foundations

Proceeds from the latest GovX Patch of the Month support Navy SEAL Foundation.

“We’re thrilled to see GovX members embrace the Patch of the Month program to help fund valuable services offered to the men and women who keep our country and communities safe.” – Alan Cole, GovX CEO

SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) January 16, 2020
Setting a new company record for charitable contributions in a year, GovX, the online shopping site exclusively for Americans of service, raised and donated over $75,000 to nonprofits serving military, first responders, law enforcement professionals, and the families who support them.
Organizations the GovX community supported in 2019 include:
Workshops for Warriors – A veteran-powered machining and manufacturing school that aims to reignite the fire of American industry.
Active Valor – A nonprofit manned by passionate combat veterans who mentor Gold Star Children, the sons and daughters of fallen American servicemembers.
Team Rubicon – The global disaster response team comprised of American military veterans and first responders.
FirefighterAid – The nonprofit that cares for firefighters and their families in distress and advocates for firefighter health nationwide.
COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) – Aims to rebuild the shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths.
Green Beret Foundation – Supports the Army’s special forces and connects them and their families to the right resources to prosper and thrive.
IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) – Lobbies on behalf of post-9/11 veterans for healthcare benefits and offers 1-on-1 case management support
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund – Tells the story of American law enforcement, honors the fallen, and aims to make the job safer for those who serve.
Individual sales among GovX community members of the Patch of the Month series fueled the 2019 charitable efforts of GovX Gives Back. Each month offered a new entry in the originally designed collection, with proceeds from each sale supporting individual foundations every month.
“The Patch of the Month series is a unique advocacy platform that allows GovX members to show their support for the various organizations working on behalf of the military, law enforcement and firefighting communities,” said Alan Cole, GovX CEO. “These nonprofits and Veterans Service Organizations work hard every day to support the brave Americans and their families serving in our neighborhoods around the world. We’re thrilled to see GovX members embrace the Patch of the Month program to help fund valuable services offered to the men and women who keep our country and communities safe.”
The Patch of the Month collection continues into 2020. The first patch of the year is on sale now and supports the Navy SEAL Foundation, which honors and supports members of the US Navy’s special warfare community and their families.
About GovXGovX.com is for the men and women who protect our country and communities. The members-only eCommerce site offers thousands of products, tickets and travel services from hundreds of premium brands at exclusive, below-retail pricing. Eligible members include active and veteran U.S. military, firefighters, law enforcement officers and federal agents. Membership is free and more information can be found at GovX.com.

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