Resources/Programs for Military Personnel and their Families
(Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast
Guard and National Guard) MWR, HR, ACAP, Family Support,
TAP and/or Chapels
you looking for a proven morale-boosting seminar event
benefiting marriages, families, children, leadership, personal
development and teamwork?
take a village...? "It Takes A Base" is what you're really looking for.
Excellent for anyone and
everyone in the military base community.
The Freeman Institute Foundation
is the non-profit arm of
The primary purpose of the foundation is to provide
resources (books, DVDs) and also to help
subsidize open-registration, world-class educational and
entrepreneurial workshop experiences for qualifying
organizations -- regardless of age, race, class or
religious affiliation -- who would be unable to
afford Dr. Freeman's regular, general market fees for such
training. Based upon the recommendation of Dr. Freeman and
The Freeman Institute Foundation board, will help
subsidize a limited number (ten) of seminar events each
Rave Reviews from Military
Dr. Freeman with the 1st Army
The Freeman Institute's signature seminar program is
affectionately titled, "Dealing With People
Who Drive You Crazy!"®
-- an educational and inspirational morale booster for the
entire installation and surrounding community...available
for any military base in the world. --
Check out the "Logistics" section below about half-way down
for more specific info
Once you have finished this page, check out the military
organizations Dr. Freeman has worked with in the past.
You'll read some
Here are four military-specific items of interest (corporate-sponsorship
is an option):
Support -- Dr. Freeman is available to present the
high-impact, day-long seminar, "Dealing With
People Who Drive You Crazy!" at many military
installations around the world. It's a great
morale booster, as well as a base-wide event that
will help marriages, families and teamwork on the
job (see more information below)
2. Family Support
-- The customized Critical Incident Debriefing,
especially designed for higher ranking
Transition (TAP) Centers --
Dr. Freeman has just released a new book
endorsed by Steve Forbes, Ken Blanchard, Brian
Tracy, Les Brown, Ben Carson and many others.
Military personnel transitioning to civilian
life have stated that they were helped by the
book, titled If Nobody Loves You Create The
Demand: A Powerful Jolt of Entrepreneurial
Energy and Wisdom. Not everyone is transitioning from
"military green/blue" to "corporate gray." Many
want to start their own businesses in the
civilian world. This is the book that will
benefit everyone, regardless of how they may
want to reinvent themselves (see more
4. EEO/Diversity -- and the
online Diversity Course (Corning uses it) and the
Diversity / Cultural Competency / Black History
Dr. Freeman rarely facilitates open registration seminars, but when
he has, the seminars typically attract many small business owners, non-profit
leadership teams, government workers, faith-based
leadership teams and others interested in experiencing how personal
development can enhance family and business relationships. The Freeman
Institute Foundation also helps to subsidize a specific
number of seminar events each year for highly motivated urban young
adults (13-27). --
Email your request, with information about your
organization and when/where you want to co-sponsor a
seminar event. Near the bottom of this page, watch Dr. Freeman
Military Organizations Who Have
Experienced Dr. Freeman's Services
* U.S. 1st Army Baltimore Recruiting Brigade --
* U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps -- (Pusan, Korea)
Naval Network Warfare Command -- (San Diego, CA) * Air Intelligence Agency -- (San
* FBI Recruiters from around the USA -- (San Antonio,
* National Security Agency -- (Ft. Meade, MD)
* U.S. 1st Army Baltimore Recruiting Battalion --
(Norfolk, VA and
Naval Aviation Executive Institute --
Walter Reed Medical Center -- (Washington, DC)
TACRON 21, US Navy -- (Norfolk, VA) * U.S. 8th Amy Chaplain Corps --
* U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) --
DC) * Department of the Navy --
* Ordnance Center & School, US Army --
Grounds, MD) * U.S. 1st Army Beckley Recruiting Battalion --
Los Alamos National Laboratory -- (Los Alamos, New Mexico)
U.S. 6th Army Baltimore Recruiting Brigade --
Department of Veteran Affairs HQ --
* Army National Guard Directorate -- ( Washington,
C R I T I C A L
I N C I D E N T
D E B R I E F I N G P R O C E S S ideal for (Family
If you represent the base chapel, here is a website detailing some of the
has worked with over the years.
Freeman Institute ~
Joel Freeman has served as the mentor/chaplain of the
NBA Washington Wizards for 19 years ('79-'98) and has worked
personally with many professional athletes and business
executives. From these experiences Dr. Freeman has developed
a number of proven training programs.
1994 The Freeman Institute has experienced enthusiastic
response from the Prime Minister of Grenada and senior
E! Entertainment Television, North East Foods, NASA, VA, ATF,
HUD, Sparrow Records, Ikea, GE, National Security Agency, Reliable
Contractors, US Bankruptcy Courts, European Council of
International Schools (ECIS), Billboard Music Group,
Sentencing Commission, Giant Foods, Indian Health Services,
Federal Judiciary, Baltimore City Department of Education,
Tuscan Dairy Farms, Black Public Relations Society, many
faith-based leadership teams, many pro
athletes, and others around the globe, including a number of
urban youth initiatives.
Thesis: We all are different. Some of us are
thinkers, others are doers; some are passive, still others
are aggressive. Most people come to work with pretty good
intentions, but we get on each other’s nerves just by
being ourselves. In the every-day stress of the work
environment, the tiniest issues can escalate. And soon we
are fighting about the way we are fighting, instead of
dealing with the real issues. People do not respond to our
intentions. They respond to our behavior.
that 15% of one's career and financial success is dependent
upon technical competence, while 85% of one's success is
dependent upon interpersonal skills.
welds all of this information to the military community at
large, who are at various stages of their lives.
be interested in learning more about enhancing their
professional military careers, while others are more
interested in understanding the interpersonal dynamics of
their family relationships and friendships. Perhaps some
individuals are casting an eye toward retirement from the
military and the "personal reinvention" issues are causing
them to ask the questions: "How can I leverage the
brain trust of my military experience to become successful
in the civilian world?" or "What kind of work should I do
after my time in the military?"
Dr. Freeman was presented a saber, honored by
the Baton Rouge Army Battalion for excellence in
training services rendered to the Battalion.
the need, Dr. Freeman will customize the seminar experience
so that every attendee will leave with practical wisdom.
Freeman's passion is to enhance the "promotability potential"
of people of all ages, shapes, sizes and colors. In his
seminars Dr. Freeman blends a sense of humor and personal
vulnerability with sharp wit and practical concepts to reach
a broad audience.
How You Can Participate In
The Question: Do you represent
the base chapel...with
the infrastructure set up to
host a co-sponsored base-wide open-registration seminar event with The Freeman Institute?
This is a very workable program.
us or call Dr. Freeman (cell: 410.991.9718) for specific information on how
these seminar events can benefit you, MWR, HR, your chapel and the
community. Ask any and all questions that need to be
can host this high impact seminar event in the largest
auditorium on the military base.
T E N
"It Takes A Base" S E M I N A R E V E N T S A
Y E A R
Check out the
faith-based portal of The
Freeman Institute if you represent such an organization. Some
faith-based organizations have utilized The Freeman
Institute seminars as training for their leadership team -- as
well as a unique approach for community outreach to business
professionals. Both inreach
benefits! The Freeman Institute Foundation is willing to
partially subsidize up to ten "It Takes A Base"
seminar events each year. Dr. Freeman will not bring
his agent into the negotiations, with the lion's
share of any honorarium going to his non-profit
Some bases will want to sponsor the seminar event
entirely, with the event held in the largest auditorium on
base. Other bases may want to make this a seminar event
sponsored by the Chaplain's Office, MWR, Family Support,
or Human Resources, with a small per-ticket
charge for each attendee. Or the event can be free to
attendees, with some corporate sponsorship helping to fund the
event. Whatever the option, Dr.
Freeman will do whatever is necessary on his end to make
things work from a win/win/win perspective.
prolific author (7 books in 28 foreign editions), retired NBA
mentor/chaplain (19 yrs) and pastor
(18 yrs), Dr. Freeman is a seasoned veteran.
He is virtually unshockable when it comes to the ups
and downs of working in most any environment. Freeman has
made himself available to facilitate such
seminars, but he wants to make sure that each event is
successful -- hosted at a venue large enough to make an impact
upon the base community.
Joel A. Freeman, Ph.D.
seminar event Dr. Freeman will cast a wide net in terms of
content -- customizing the training
experience to include
everyone who attends.
~ B L A C K H I S T O R Y
O P T I O N ~
The Freeman Institute owns a large
of genuine Black History documents and artifacts (oldest
piece, 1553). Dr. Freeman is willing to bring a small,
but powerful exhibit of 20-30 items with him. Here's
an idea: The seminar can end at 4pm and later that
evening (7pm) we can show the premier screening of the
Return To Glory: The
Powerful Stirring of the Black Man" in the same
auditorium. This can make for a full leadership +
O M E
N T R I G U I N G
O P I C S
Wisdom from Blades of Grass
in a Concrete Jungle
Leaves them spellbound! It all begins with a brief
video clip of Dr. Ben Carson. Genuine documents and
artifacts of Black History are exhibited, with Freeman
telling the stories about each person and event.
A Code Crackin' International Treasure
experiential & visual! Freeman tells the gripping
story of the history and drama surrounding the cracking of
the code to hieroglyphics, which later unlocked the
secrets of ancient Egypt.
HIGH IMPACT SEMINAR
EVENTS ~ for
M I L I T
A R Y B A S E S A R O U N D
T H E W O R L D
~ H I
G H I M P A C T E V E N
T S ~ All-Day
or Half-Day Seminars
"Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy!"®
The People Side of Life, Work and Family
Nobody Loves You, Create The Demand!"® Igniting Your
Freeman has a
number of interests, but as a former pastor/chaplain,
with/through military base Chapels...with
event can be sponsored through MWR, HR, the Base
Chapel, or Family Support. Here are the Bottom Line
1. Each participant has a better understanding of his
2. Reduction of the potential for conflict or power
struggles (preventive maintenance vs. crisis
3. Higher morale and greater productivity.
4. Better listening and leadership skills.
5. Greater sensitivity to work force diversity.
6. Tools for influencing an emotionally safe climate.
7. Working with change; not against it.
8. Knowing how to approach different people and
9. Implementation of change in a win/win situation.
10. Enhancing self-motivated work teams.
11. What works and what doesn't work in terms of
12. Dealing more effectively with difficult behavior.
"Dealing With People
Who Drive You Crazy!"
Watch Dr. Freeman (6 minutes)
- How you approach problems and challenges
PEOPLE - How you interact and attempt to influence people
PACE - How you respond to change and activities
PROCEDURE - How you respond to rules set by
L O G I S T I C S
IMPORTANT: The main purpose
is for this to be a win/win/win event, with MWR,
Human Resources, Family Support, or the
Chapel and the entire base being able to benefit
on several levels.
Most general-market civilian seminar
events like this are funded by the participants
purchasing tickets for an all-day event. We are
open to the sale of tickets for a modest price
to all attendees with, let's say, the base chapel receiving
a donation representing a percentage of every
ticket sold. This would be a great fund-raiser
for the base chapel and this would be a great
Each military base is different, but
most installations generally
are not open to promoting a "sale-of-tickets" scenario.
The Base Commander will periodically bring in
value-added entertainment and motivational
speakers for the base to enjoy...without the
need for each individual to purchase tickets. Plus base chapels
generally are not allowed to receive a
percentage of tickets sold. It's a
matter of protocol.
t h e
q u e s t i o n
What if your base sponsored this
world-class seminar event and held
it in the largest
auditorium, with an open invitation to all
and civilian personnel on and around
Pending approval from the Base Commander, the
military base would give an honorarium to Dr. Freeman
and would also cover the cost for the workbook
materials that each participant will receive
from The Freeman Institute. (The Freeman
Institute Foundation is willing to help
subsidize the cost of materials for each
participant.) As a co-sponsor, the
chapel can view it as an inreach/outreach
event, publicizing it far and wide around the
base. The Freeman Institute will then give a
donation to the chapel -- a percentage of
all Dr. Freeman's resources (books, DVDs, CDs,
etc.) sold at the event.
IDEA: A ministry within the chapel (teenagers?) can develop
bag/box lunches for participants. Something
simple (e.g. choice of turkey or ham wrap,
choice of sodas, chips, small bag of cookies).
The sale of these lunches can be a built-in
fund-raiser, with the total proceeds from those
lunches going to that base chapel ministry. People can
pre-order a lunch so that the number of lunches
to prepare can be pre-determined.
Do you have a
large group of
motivated people who would be willing to experience a
half-day or all-day seminar experience with Dr. Freeman?
Email your thoughts
as soon as possible so that you can get on The Freeman
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with each transition...
This book can be
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where this practical book comes in as a resource. A number of
soldiers/officers have communicated that this book has helped
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some were going to a corporate-type job. If you are the
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vulnerability, pithy advice and reader-friendly content
Freeman has developed an intriguing approach to the
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Freeman Institute Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
The Freeman Institute Foundation
Joel A. Freeman, Ph.D., Founder
P.O. Box 305
Gambrills, MD 21054
410.729.4011 (private line)
Seminar is designed for any
individual or organization
interested in leadership/staff development training -- large or
...OR, MAYBE YOU ARE JUST TRYING
A WONDERFULLY WACKY FAMILY MEMBER...
W I S D O
M F R O M M I L I T A R Y
M A N U A L S
"If the enemy is in range, so are you." - Infantry
"It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area
you just bombed."
- U.S. Air Force Manual
"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously
never encountered automatic weapons."
- General Mac Arthur
"You, you, and you ... Panic. The rest of you, come with me."
- U..S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt.
"Tracers work both ways." - U.S. Army Ordnance
"Five second fuses only last three seconds." - Infantry
"Any ship can be a minesweeper.. Once."
"Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do."
- Unknown Marine Recruit
Clean it, if it's Dirty. Oil it, if it Squeaks. But: Don't
Screw with it, if it Works! - USAF Electronic Technician
"If you see a bomb technician running, keep up with him."
- USAF - Ammo Troop
"Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death , I Shall Fear
No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing."
"You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mac h 3."
- Paul F. Crickmore ( test pilot )
A Navigator's Definition of Latitude & Longitude:
Latitude is Where We are Lost, & Longitude
is How Long We've Been Lost There!
- USAF Navi-guesser
"The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."
"If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's
probably a helicopter -- however, it's probably unsafe in any
"When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always
have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash."
"What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and
pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws
up, .... The pilot dies."
The three most common expressions (or famous last words), in
1. "Why is it doing that?"
2. "Where are we?" and 3. "Oh #@*&%!"
" Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two out of three are needed
to successfully complete the flight."
"Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; We never left one
"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your
plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or
doing anything about it."
"The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can
just barely kill you."
- Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)
"There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in
peacetime." - Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970
"If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about
"You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it
takes FULL Power to taxi to the terminal."
As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft ,
having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the
arrives; the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and
asks, "What happened?" The pilot's reply: "I don 't know, I
just got here myself!"
When in England,at a fairly large conference,
Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our
plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building' by
He answered by saying, "Over the years, the
United States has sent many of its fine young men and women
into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders.
The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is
enough to bury those that did not return."
You could have heard a pin drop...
There was a conference in France where a number
of international engineers were taking part, including French
and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came
back into the room saying, "Have you heard the latest dumb
stunt America has done? They have sent an aircraft carrier
to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he
intend to do, bomb them?"
A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly:
"Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat
several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can
supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they
have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people
three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons
of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a
dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured
to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how
many does France have?"
You could have heard a pin drop...
A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval
conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English,
Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail
reception, he found himself standing with a large group of
officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their
drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas
Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.
He then asked, "Why is it that we always have to speak English
in these conferences rather than speaking French?"
Without hesitating, the American Admiral
replied, "Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies
and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak
You could have heard a pin drop...
Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83,
arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few
minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.
"You have been to France before,
monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr.
Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
"Then you should know enough to have your
The American said, "The last time I was here, I
didn't have to show it."
"Impossible. Americans always have to show
their passports on arrival in France!"
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long
hard look. Then he quietly explained, ''Well, when I came
ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this
country, I couldn't find a single Frenchman to show a passport