Wednesday, May 18, 2011

101st Screaming Eagle and Ugly Eddy

The Battalion That Fired 
The First Shot Of Desert Storm!

(No matter how long time has passed  
nor that my hubby is a retired aviator, 
we will always be part of the 101st!)

(the Screaming Eagle-101st Airborne Crest on an Army coin)

The 101st Aviation Battalion along with
-  the 101st Airborne Division-
The Screaming EAGLE...

(Stained glass that I made while we lived on Fort Campbell, KY).

(This order was for a promotion gift).

1-101 Avn Battalion History (taken from

The 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment is a direct descendant of Company A, 101st Aviation Battalion. Constituted on 15 November 1962 in the Regular Army, it became an element of the 101st Airborne Division. 

The unit was officially activated 3 December 1962 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. These dates correspond to the period when the 101st Aviation Company was reorganized and redesignated as a battalion.

(This order was for a farewell gift).


By the summer of 1987, the battalion had moved out of old Hangar 11 and into a brand new hangar at Sabre Army Heliport. The groundwork was being laid for the upcoming Apache Fielding Program.

"Ugly Eddy" is the mascot figurehead for 1-101st AVN...on another Army coin.

The motto "EXPECT NO MERCY" was coined one day during this difficult transitional period in 1987, as LTC Thomas W. Garrett had his commanders and staff assembled in order to formulate a plan to accomplish the enormous amount of work to be completed prior to the Apache fielding. As the meeting adjourned, one of the company commanders turned to another and said, "EXPECT NO MERCY." The Motto stuck.


In June 1989, LTC Richard A. Cody assumed command and injected his innovative attack tactics and maintenance management concepts into the battalion.

( This drawing order was requested from one of the military units for General Cody's change of Command).

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) was the first conventional unit to deploy in support of the American War on Terrorism...


So many changes after 9/11/2001.  
These family photos were taken for our 2001 family Christmas cards. The years following, Mr. B would be busy with the 101st, for various short assignments and Christmas 2003, he was already deployed to Iraq.

December 2001

  ~Girly~Twirly, Heartbreaker, Girly~Whirly~

~This was also the day of my birthday, taken by Opryland Hotel~

I am  joining in this week's  Alphabe-Thursday's "E" with Jenny!

Here are a few new orders that I've completed and shipped out.
From Hallie:
I would like to order an 8x10 size print. I know you've had a few orders for Toriis lately and this will be one more. I've seen some of your recent work and love it...."

Thank you, Hallie for contacting me to do this one as a gift for your husband! Thank him also for his military service.

Request for this image of the Green Bay Packer's coach Vince Lombardi:
"I was given your card by.....and I loved your piece you did for her! I would like to get something done for my boyfriend's...birthday. He really loves all WI sports, especially the Packers... Thanks!"

Audra, Thank you for thinking of this for a birthday gift!

This request from Jayme:
"Hi there, I would like to give one of your personalized sketches to my husband for his birthday...

Also, here's my idea. My husband is a HUGE basketball fan. I thought it would be cute to do a basketball using the word "ba-ball" or "baball" whichever would work best for you.  This is the best way I can spell how my 1.5 yr old says basketball.  My son is infatuated with basketball and my husband LOVES this more than anything." 

Email from Jayme, after she received her art:

"Thank you again...I will be giving it to my husband tomorrow and will take a picture after that and send it to you.

Again, thank you. I'm extremely pleased how your sketch turned out and will definitely order from you in the future.

Also, thanks again for what you did with creating another sketch AND shippint it out to me 2nd Day Air. i apologize that this happened, but appreciate your professionalizm in how you handled it.

You have been fantastic to order from!

Have a great spring/summer and again, look forward to ordering from you again."

Thank you, Jayme for your order and your patience when the shipment was "lost" by the carrier.  I'm glad that the first piece was eventually tracked down.


Last but not are the two winners of the American flag giveaways. Flag will be drawn using the name of their choice.

Thank you to all those that linked on to the Mil Spouse Weekly Roundup! Winner selected from those that linked up: G.I. Joe's Wife

And a thank you to all those that came to visit and left a sweet comment.  Winner from those that left a comment: Troop Petrie:
that print is adorable. I would love to win it. I am glad you are hosting this morning. I love finding new blogs.

Like I have done previously, (since I wish everyone was a winner!) I am extending 10% off any drawing order to those that linked on or that commented on that May 6th post. Just contact me by email, if you have any questions.

EDITED ADDED NOTE: Kelly came up with an amazing auction of a variety of products donated by a variety of sponsors: I am honored to be a one of the sponsors for this event.
Join Kelly at BETWEEN the LINES in supporting Relay For Life!  Let's help the world Celebrate More Birthdays!  The Online  Auction will run from May 20th - May 26th.  All proceeds will go directly to the Relay For Life site and products will be shipped from our sponsors.  I HOPE to see you there!

Thank you for stopping by! Come back any time :o) ...I hope you do :o)

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Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I love the insight into the sacrifice our military families make for us...

Birgit said...

Great sketches. :)

Miss Sweet Tea said...

My dad was 101st! He has the screaming eagle logo tattooed on his arm...haha.

I hope you are having a great week!

Nina in Portugal said...

Hi there!
Sorry for my long absence. I seem to only have time to throw up an occasionally post on my blog, and not do much visiting around....

You are so very talented and your family is about the 'prettiest' family I've ever seen!

We will be returning to the States this summer for three months! Looking forward to a little R&R and seeing family. We leave in less than 2 weeks....pray for us please.

Hugs and Prayers from Portugal,

Lola said...

Such a reflective post.

Best wishes to you,

XOXO Lola:)

Jenny said...

What elegant insight into the sacrifice military families offer to our country.

I really enjoyed this thoughtful and thought provoking link.

Thank you for sharing it.


EG CameraGirl said...

I LOVE the screaming eagle in stained glass.

Judie said...

As it always does, your post pulled at my heart strings. Sorry I missed it last week. It was one bad week for me. Thank goodness it has been much better! Your work is wonderful!!!!

Anonymous said...

great sketches
happy alpha~thursday

Unknown said...

I love your stained glass. I have a friend who is moving to Fort Campbell on Monday.

Anonymous said...

Such an interesting post. I love your artwork. That stained glass is amazing!


Vicki/Jake said...

EXCELLENT Maria, as always...I love your constant praise of our soldiers and the sketches you've done for them. Still planning a post on my special sketch:)

Tracy said...

fab post again love it

trooppetrie said...

thank you so much, I can not wait to recieve it

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

A very interesting post!

Love the BABALL sketch as well as the others too :) Amazing work!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Thank you for your sweet comment on my Sunflower quilt,Maria....I equally locw your stories and pictures....always a treat

Unknown said...

Beets with mayo sounds icky to me. I will stop by the Relay for Life site.

Jennifer said...

Haven't visited for awhile, but glad I stopped by today! Your work is so beautiful! You truly have a God-given talent!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

an awesome glad that I stopped by....That was wonderful....Have a great weekend

Ebie said...

Hi Maria, I am back after a long absence from this blog.

You are a gifted artist. Lovely stained glass artwork.

LV said...

All your sketches really depicts so much of what our service men have been through. Another outstanding post sharing your great family and things important in your life. You have a standing invite to my place.

More Than Words said...

You are so incredibly gifted, Maria!!! And I love the family photos!!!!! Always!

Gattina said...

I don't like anything close to military stuff ! and this Irak war was so useless ! Fortunately Mr.B came home safe and sound !

Chubskulit Rose said...

You really are gifted with talent in arts and sketching sis. Love all of them, the family photos too!

Unknown said...

What an interesting post! None of my family members served in the army (maybe an uncle through marriage) so I don't know much about the military and things related to it. It's quite interesting to read about it on your blog and actually get a glimpse at what life for families of military personnel is like. Thanks for sharing all that!

xinex said...

Thaese are really great patriotic and ball sketches, Maria. You are indeed full of talent!...Christine

Anonymous said...

Excellant "E" post.I enjoy reading and your great sketches.
Thanks for visiting LazyonLoblolly,I appreciate you!

tracy said...

Hello Maria
Your drawings are always so lovely,you know how I love eagles, with added Aviation Battalion makes it even more special.
Sorry it took so long to call back.
Take care

Miz Helen said...

I am stopping by from Katies Blog Tour. What an amazing talent you have. Your drawings are outstanding. My family and many friends call me Major Mom, USAF Mom for almost 30 years, we share the mission. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and hope you are having a fun day!

Amy said...

Amazing and powerful post.. Stopping by from Kathie's place.. Have a great night..

Veronica Lee said...

WOW! I didn't know you could do stain glass too!! Love it and all the pics of your beautiful family.
You're so blessed, Maria!

Have a nice day, sweet lady!

Amy said...

Thanks for stopping on by the other day.. I bet it does get busy with work and all. Take some time for you.. It was nice meeting you.. Enjoy your day..

Carma Sez said...

I love the Vince Lombardi piece. I've visited your site before and am always in awe of your talent. You have a beautiful family and you look so youthful!!!

Ella said...

My husband is in the Navy; I love your work, so beautiful!~

floweringmama said...

Thanks so much for stopping by. It's always nice to meet someone new! Beautiful sketches, by the way. You are very talented!

Creatissimo said...

Nice sketches you have here, Maria. Thanks for visiting my blog - I'm jumping from one blog to another via BlogHop too :).
Have a lovely, creative weekend!

Jules said...

Hello there! I'm stopping by from Kathie's blog hop. Your sketches are lovely and very impressive. I'm lucky if I can draw a stick figure.

I love your family photo and it sounds like your husband has made great contributions to our country by serving in the military. Thank you and your family for that.

I hope you're having a beautiful, long weekend.

Mary said...

I so appreciate the sacrifice of our military men & women and their families! Thanks for sharing your talent & sketches~ Happy Memorial Day to you!

Jen said...

Great sketches and tribute to the service!

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