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42 years of just "a little longer"

8/10/2009 – PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The Beatles released "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" album. Hollywood’s box office hits were, "The Graduate," "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Cool Hand Luke." Gasoline was 33 cents a gallon, movie tickets were .25, the average cost of a new home was ,250 and a new car would cost around ,750. That was 1967–the year Maj. Gen. Thomas Deppe, vice commander of Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., attended boot camp at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

"At that time you were either in college or you got drafted," said General Deppe. "I had just dropped out of college, and then came my draft notice in the mail not too long after."

Convinced by a friend that the Air Force was the way to go, the young Thomas Deppe proceeded to the recruiting office to sign on the dotted line, with little knowledge of the positive impact that signature would have on his life.

"I had no plans on staying in the Air Force any longer than I had to," General Deppe said. "But as time went on and I made staff sergeant in less than four years, I thought, ‘Well, why not stay in a little longer?’ I already had a job that I liked, why would I quit it when I might get something on the outside I didn’t like?"

That "little longer" became 42 years of military service. Putting his enlisted career behind him, General Deppe earned his commission in November 1977.

"It was an interesting switch," he said. "I went from having credibility with my job as a technical sergeant, to a brand new lieutenant with no credibility whatsoever."

General Deppe continued in the officer ranks with the intention of retiring as a captain. In fact, when it came time for him to pin on captain, 21 years of service had already passed. Captain Deppe continued on with his career. In March 1987, continuing to prove himself, he was selected for major below-the-zone, squelching, yet again, his intention to retire. He could have turned down the promotion and went ahead with his plans, but instead he chose to extend his commitment to the Air Force just "a little longer".

"It seems like every time I thought about it, I committed more and more to the Air Force," General Deppe said. "Every promotion requires you to stay in that position for a certain amount of time. I kept getting promoted, so I stayed in the Air Force."

The Air Force can only be thankful that General Deppe said "just a little longer", his solid commitment can be seen through his 42 years of service. Airmen can only be inspired by his commitment. It takes loyalty, dedication and determination. A sense of belonging, a family, a family of…Airmen is what General Deppe finds most rewarding.

This is what General Deppe had to say during his retirement interview:

What is your most enjoyable/rewarding part of your military career?
"You, the ‘cream of the crop’…Airmen just like you are the reason I have enjoyed my military career and found it so rewarding, both enlisted and commissioned. I am proud to belong and will always.

What/who was your biggest influence while you served?
I had a boss, Col. Raymond "Hal" Cleveland; he was the director of intercontinental ballistic missile requirements. He mentored me more on officership and life than anyone else. He also is the person who’s responsible for teaching me how to golf. I am forever indebted to him. Unfortunately, Hal passed away in the late 90’s. I am sure where he is he can see me and what I’m doing…

What made you decide to be an officer?
You have to want to be an officer … I wanted to be one. You have to be up to greater challenges in life. There are two kinds of prior enlisted officers: the really good and the really bad. I’ve known a few in the really bad category. In my case, I was not a very good first-term Airman; in fact, I was probably pretty lousy. I enlisted in the Air Force to avoid the draft, to get the education benefits and to get marketable skills.

Along the way, I realized all the fun you could have and that’s why I re-enlisted. After the fun wore off, I realized I had to get serious about this, and I got sent to NCO prep school, which is now Airman Leadership School. It was the turning point in my career, because it made me realize just how important everything is. I don’t care if you are a public affairs officer or a personnel Airman, or a security forces team member, or even the two-star general in charge of 20th Air Force, everyone of us has a very important role. I had an eye-opening experience. When I realized just how important this business is and just how much I liked it. As a result of this I became a prep school instructor part-time, and then I volunteered to be a recruiter and then attended Officer Training School.

While being stationed around the United States and beyond, what assignment was your favorite and why?
That’s a really hard question, I never really had a bad one. Ironically both of my shortest tours were my favorite, not because of the location but because of the mission. I was a ground launch cruise missile flight commander in Belgium. Back then we were like pioneers, we wrote the rules as we went along and it was really exciting. The second was vice commander at the 45th Space Wing, Patrick AFB, Fla., where we were launching rockets and putting people in space. It was a very busy year, one of the busiest on record. I can’t complain…

Upon your departure, what would you like to pass on to fellow Airmen?
If I’m nothing else to anyone in the Air Force, let me be an inspiration for the opportunities that are available in the Air Force. I don’t think I passed up on any of them; be it education benefits, promotion opportunities, fitness centers, auto hobby shops, golf course, or the club systems. The opportunities that I took advantage of to become a two-star general are the same opportunities that are available to you.

Do you have any plans for your retirement?
Well first I’m going to take some time off…I have been going to work every day for 42 years, one month, and two days. My wife and I are going to take a couple trips. After about a few months I will see what is available work-wise. Before the end of the baseball season I want to get back to St. Louis, and catch a couple games.

What do you think you are going to miss the most?
That is easy, the people. It’s always the people. I have such a great love for my Air Force family, the people I have met along the way. I plan to keep them as family for the rest of my life.

Do you have any farewell comments?
It’s been an extremely fast 42 years, I can still remember the day I got on the train and left St. Louis for basic training in San Antonio, Texas. It seems like it was just yesterday and it goes by so fast, but I can remember people at every place I have been stationed that made a difference. I hope that in my 42 years I have been able to make a difference to some people as they have made a difference to me.

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Franklin Joseph is a Women Safety Empowerment, Women Self Defense Specialist with a combine experience of more than 14 years working, researching and designing workshops for women AFTER understand women issues by working with women who underwent sexual abuse, women who faced violence and women victims of crime.

Women readers, Let’s go beyond, martial arts and self defense, let’s go beyond Krav Maga certificates or Krav Maga organisations. Let’s attack the problem about women being abused, eve-teased or being beaten or raped violently and deal with the situation from a grass-root level by giving knowledge out instead of certificates. If you wish to invite me to your school or college for a FREE introductory session in Bangalore, please call me at +91.9886769281. No pressure to join any organisation, no need to buy any certificates, NO FEES. Remember : Fighting is not the answer to all women problems.

Courage is not the absence of fear, or denial of fear. COURAGE is in-spite of felling fear, you make a effort to protect your dignity and life. Everyday I have meet women who without punching and kicking are surviving and living a life of dignity.

Any self defense or martial arts is usually a arrogant male point of view where the male is telling you, fear is "restrictive paranoid", The male has no knowledge of about women personality or how women makes a choices and what fears and sacrifices she goes through everyday.

The male wants women to become a man, have a man point of view and do what a man does best – fight with punches or kicks. That what happens when a male believes he has bought the knowledge of women issues after buying a martial art certificate but has no invest his time and money in learning about women issues in the grass-root level. My suggestion for all MEN: Work for 10 years with women who have been physically and sexually abused, understand their problem, educate yourself from their POINT OF VIEW before advising women what to do… 🙂

Franklin Joseph Power to Women: Women Safety Awareness, Women Self Defense using Krav Maga and Psychological Empowerment against Violence, Crime and Sexual Abuse [+35 Corporate Clients]

Contact ‘Dr. Safety’ Franklin Joseph 9886769281 [PowertoWomen.in/]
Women Safety Empowerment, Self Defense Specialist
8 years working with abused kids & women + (2003 batch) Krav Maga Self Defense Instructor

35+ International & Indian Corporate Clients in Mumbai, Jaipur, Bangalore etc. :
Center for Management Studies, Jain University, FirstSource, Deuche Bank, CISCO, Logica, Bharti AXA, COLT, HAL, MACH, Ness Technologies, Juniper Networks, 3M Global, HSBC, Tavant, Wipro, HCL, FirstSource, Alcatel Lucent, APC, ITC Royal Gardena, NIIT, Goldman Sachs, GE, Fitness First, Intelligroup, Thomson Reutures, Overseas Women Club, Dell, Fidelity, Merrill Lynch, Standard Chartered

PRIVATE WOMEN SELF DFENSE in BANGALORE
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KRAV MAGA BANGALORE (IKMF) Israeli Self Defense regular classes held in Richmond Town, Bangalore.

Contact Mr. Franklin Joseph at 9886769281 or visit KravMagaBangalore.in/

We have classes on Saturday 9AM to 12PM (3 hours Class) and Sunday 8AM to 12PM (4 Hours Class) = TOTAL up-to 27 hours of training per week.

KRAV MAGA FOR STUDENTS: Upto 12-16 hours in a month
FEES: Students (below 21 yrs): Rs 800 for 3 hrs Sat. or 4 hrs Sun x 4 weeks

KRAV MAGA FOR STUDENTS: Upto 24-27 hours in a month
FEES: Students (below 21 yrs): Rs 1300 for 3 hrs Sat. and 4 hrs Sun x 4 weeks

KRAV MAGA FOR ADULTS Upto 12-16 hours in a month
FEES: Adults (21-99 yrs): Rs 2300 for 3 hrs Sat. or 4 hrs Sun x 4 weeks

KRAV MAGA FOR ADULTS Upto 24-27 hours in a month
FEES: Adults (21-99 yrs): Rs 2800 for 3 hrs Sat. and 4 hrs Sun x 4 weeks

BADAZZ SPECIAL WEAPONS 4 hours in a month (scroll down for more info)
Knife Fighting, Ninja Kubaton and Collapsible Baton FEES: Rs 900 for 1 hour Sunday

The classes are a mixed of knowledge, intensive drills, fun combat games and sparring with multiple attackers with or without weapons which includes half a hour of taking down notes with paper and pen (old school style).

Women reality based KRAV MAGA ISRAELI SELF DEFENSE (IKMF) training where the women is taught to neutralize her attacker in spite of her small size, her lack of fitness and her limited strength dealing with shock, surprise and pain of the assault. The training involves Tactics of Krav Maga along with Psychological Empowerment against Crime, Violence and Sexual Abuse using Neuro Linguistic and Behavioral Drills.

Women Self Defense is a subject that is not just some tactics or tricks of martial arts. Working for more than 7 years with women who have been abused taught me to elevate myself from such pissing contest of testosterone on what is a better martial arts or organisations and get down and dirty with the subject at hand. Women Safety while maintaining her Respect and Dignity. Punches, Kicks, Tactics alone does not help a women when she has to live in the same community or house of her tormentors.

Women Self Defense subject need to re-educate itself, so-called women self defense instructors and experts need to re-educate themselves. Bangalore is second highest in Crime. Delhi is rape capital of India. 2000 years of martial arts is not helping the women! 2000 years of mental outlook of men who train in martial arts is not helping the women! It’s time for women to make a smart decision about where to train and who to train with. Someone with just certificates or someone with knowledge, experience and grass-root level vision of the subject.

Mr. FRANKLIN JOSEPH, is a civilian Krav Maga (IKMF) Self Defense instructor and also a social entrepreneur has worked for more than 7 years with children and women who were sexually and physically abused, designed ‘Power to Women’ Workshops along with a Women Psychologist; conducts Corporate or Organisational Wellness Women Self Defense workshops on Women Safety Awareness, Women Self Defense and Psychological Empowerment against Crime, Violence and Sexual Abuse.

Sensei Franklin Joseph is a Krav Maga Practitioner from 2003 batch which was one of the first batches of Krav Maga in India under Sensei Vicky Kapoor and was later certified by Grand Master Avi Moyal as a Civlian Krav Maga Instructor. He has learned Krav Maga under various Directors and Senior Instructor of IKMF like Sensei Master Vicky Kapoor, Master Shlomi Moyal, Master Gabi Noah and Master Amnon Darsa plus other Senior instructors from Expert level of Krav Maga.

*** FREE Krav Maga Israeli Women Self Defense courses by Franklin Joseph ***
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Image by Franklin Joseph
*** FREE Krav Maga Israeli Women Self Defense courses by Franklin Joseph ***

Franklin Joseph is a Women Safety Empowerment, Women Self Defense Specialist with a combine experience of more than 14 years working, researching and designing workshops for women AFTER understand women issues by working with women who underwent sexual abuse, women who faced violence and women victims of crime.

Women readers, Let’s go beyond, martial arts and self defense, let’s go beyond Krav Maga certificates or Krav Maga organisations. Let’s attack the problem about women being abused, eve-teased or being beaten or raped violently and deal with the situation from a grass-root level by giving knowledge out instead of certificates. If you wish to invite me to your school or college for a FREE introductory session in Bangalore, please call me at +91.9886769281. No pressure to join any organisation, no need to buy any certificates, NO FEES. Remember : Fighting is not the answer to all women problems.

Courage is not the absence of fear, or denial of fear. COURAGE is in-spite of felling fear, you make a effort to protect your dignity and life. Everyday I have meet women who without punching and kicking are surviving and living a life of dignity.

Any self defense or martial arts is usually a arrogant male point of view where the male is telling you, fear is "restrictive paranoid", The male has no knowledge of about women personality or how women makes a choices and what fears and sacrifices she goes through everyday.

The male wants women to become a man, have a man point of view and do what a man does best – fight with punches or kicks. That what happens when a male believes he has bought the knowledge of women issues after buying a martial art certificate but has no invest his time and money in learning about women issues in the grass-root level. My suggestion for all MEN: Work for 10 years with women who have been physically and sexually abused, understand their problem, educate yourself from their POINT OF VIEW before advising women what to do… 🙂

Franklin Joseph Power to Women: Women Safety Awareness, Women Self Defense using Krav Maga and Psychological Empowerment against Violence, Crime and Sexual Abuse [+35 Corporate Clients]

Contact ‘Dr. Safety’ Franklin Joseph 9886769281 [PowertoWomen.in/]
Women Safety Empowerment, Self Defense Specialist
8 years working with abused kids & women + (2003 batch) Krav Maga Self Defense Instructor

35+ International & Indian Corporate Clients in Mumbai, Jaipur, Bangalore etc. :
Center for Management Studies, Jain University, FirstSource, Deuche Bank, CISCO, Logica, Bharti AXA, COLT, HAL, MACH, Ness Technologies, Juniper Networks, 3M Global, HSBC, Tavant, Wipro, HCL, FirstSource, Alcatel Lucent, APC, ITC Royal Gardena, NIIT, Goldman Sachs, GE, Fitness First, Intelligroup, Thomson Reutures, Overseas Women Club, Dell, Fidelity, Merrill Lynch, Standard Chartered

PRIVATE WOMEN SELF DFENSE in BANGALORE
————————————————–
KRAV MAGA BANGALORE (IKMF) Israeli Self Defense regular classes held in Richmond Town, Bangalore.

Contact Mr. Franklin Joseph at 9886769281 or visit KravMagaBangalore.in/

We have classes on Saturday 9AM to 12PM (3 hours Class) and Sunday 8AM to 12PM (4 Hours Class) = TOTAL up-to 27 hours of training per week.

KRAV MAGA FOR STUDENTS: Upto 12-16 hours in a month
FEES: Students (below 21 yrs): Rs 800 for 3 hrs Sat. or 4 hrs Sun x 4 weeks

KRAV MAGA FOR STUDENTS: Upto 24-27 hours in a month
FEES: Students (below 21 yrs): Rs 1300 for 3 hrs Sat. and 4 hrs Sun x 4 weeks

KRAV MAGA FOR ADULTS Upto 12-16 hours in a month
FEES: Adults (21-99 yrs): Rs 2300 for 3 hrs Sat. or 4 hrs Sun x 4 weeks

KRAV MAGA FOR ADULTS Upto 24-27 hours in a month
FEES: Adults (21-99 yrs): Rs 2800 for 3 hrs Sat. and 4 hrs Sun x 4 weeks

BADAZZ SPECIAL WEAPONS 4 hours in a month (scroll down for more info)
Knife Fighting, Ninja Kubaton and Collapsible Baton FEES: Rs 900 for 1 hour Sunday

The classes are a mixed of knowledge, intensive drills, fun combat games and sparring with multiple attackers with or without weapons which includes half a hour of taking down notes with paper and pen (old school style).

Women reality based KRAV MAGA ISRAELI SELF DEFENSE (IKMF) training where the women is taught to neutralize her attacker in spite of her small size, her lack of fitness and her limited strength dealing with shock, surprise and pain of the assault. The training involves Tactics of Krav Maga along with Psychological Empowerment against Crime, Violence and Sexual Abuse using Neuro Linguistic and Behavioral Drills.

Women Self Defense is a subject that is not just some tactics or tricks of martial arts. Working for more than 7 years with women who have been abused taught me to elevate myself from such pissing contest of testosterone on what is a better martial arts or organisations and get down and dirty with the subject at hand. Women Safety while maintaining her Respect and Dignity. Punches, Kicks, Tactics alone does not help a women when she has to live in the same community or house of her tormentors.

Women Self Defense subject need to re-educate itself, so-called women self defense instructors and experts need to re-educate themselves. Bangalore is second highest in Crime. Delhi is rape capital of India. 2000 years of martial arts is not helping the women! 2000 years of mental outlook of men who train in martial arts is not helping the women! It’s time for women to make a smart decision about where to train and who to train with. Someone with just certificates or someone with knowledge, experience and grass-root level vision of the subject.

Mr. FRANKLIN JOSEPH, is a civilian Krav Maga (IKMF) Self Defense instructor and also a social entrepreneur has worked for more than 7 years with children and women who were sexually and physically abused, designed ‘Power to Women’ Workshops along with a Women Psychologist; conducts Corporate or Organisational Wellness Women Self Defense workshops on Women Safety Awareness, Women Self Defense and Psychological Empowerment against Crime, Violence and Sexual Abuse.

Sensei Franklin Joseph is a Krav Maga Practitioner from 2003 batch which was one of the first batches of Krav Maga in India under Sensei Vicky Kapoor and was later certified by Grand Master Avi Moyal as a Civlian Krav Maga Instructor. He has learned Krav Maga under various Directors and Senior Instructor of IKMF like Sensei Master Vicky Kapoor, Master Shlomi Moyal, Master Gabi Noah and Master Amnon Darsa plus other Senior instructors from Expert level of Krav Maga.