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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

Are you looking for a proven morale-boosting seminar event
benefiting marriages, families, children, leadership, personal development and teamwork?

Does it 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 Freeman Institute. The primary purpose of the foundation is to provide educational/inspirational 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 year -- Rave Reviews from Military

Dr. Freeman with the 1st Army Recruiting Brigade

   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
rave reviews!

   Here are four military-specific items of interest (corporate-sponsorship is an option):

  1. MWR/HR/ACAP/Family 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 officers (Click - )
  3. 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 information below)
  4. EEO/Diversity --  and the online Diversity Course (Corning uses it) and the Diversity / Cultural Competency / Black History training programs  (Click - and/or ).


Is this your seat?

    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 in action.

Some Military Organizations Who Have
Experienced Dr. Freeman's Services

* U.S. 1st Army Baltimore Recruiting Brigade -- (Poconos, NY)
* U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps --
(Pusan, Korea)

* Naval Network Warfare Command -- (San Diego, CA)
* Air Intelligence Agency -- (San Antonio, TX)
* FBI Recruiters from around the USA -- (San Antonio, TX)
* National Security Agency -- (Ft. Meade, MD)
* U.S. 1st Army Baltimore Recruiting Battalion -- (Norfolk, VA and
        Albany, NY)
* Naval Aviation Executive Institute -- (Williamsburg, VA)
* Walter Reed Medical Center -- (Washington, DC)
* TACRON 21, US Navy -- (Norfolk, VA)
* U.S. 8th Amy Chaplain Corps -- (Seoul, Korea)
* U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) -- (Washington,
* Department of the Navy -- (Washington, DC)
* Ordnance Center & School, US Army -- (Aberdeen Proving
          Grounds, MD)
* U.S. 1st Army Beckley Recruiting Battalion -- (Norfolk, VA)
* Los Alamos National Laboratory -- (Los Alamos, New Mexico)
U.S. 6th Army Baltimore Recruiting Brigade -- (Denver, CO)
* Department of Veteran Affairs HQ --
(Washington, DC)
* Army National Guard Directorate -- ( Washington, DC)
* and
more references...


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 Support/HR/Counseling/Base Leadership)

If you represent the base chapel, here is a website detailing some of the faith-based organizations Dr. Freeman
has worked with over the years.


~ The   Freeman   Institute ~

The   Freeman   Institute   Foundation

   Dr. 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.

   Since 1994 The Freeman Institute has experienced enthusiastic response from the Prime Minister of Grenada and senior officials of Barbados to Frostburg State University, 8th Army (Korea), 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, EMI, US 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.

  Seminar programs like the ones below have received rave international reviews:


H i g h   I m p a c t
S e m i n a r   P r o g r a m s
Leadership & Communication Skills

Anger Management & Emotional Intelligence

Stress Management

Black History Presentation

Understanding the Layers of Cross-Cultural Competency

Development and Enhancement of Entrepreneurial Skills




Connecting The Dots to the Military

   Basic 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.

   Studies show 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.

   Freeman welds all of this information to the military community at large, who are at various stages of their lives.

   Some will 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?"

In 2009 Dr. Freeman was presented a saber, honored by the Baton Rouge Army Battalion for excellence in training services rendered to the Battalion.

   Whatever 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 This Project:


   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. Email 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 entire base community. Ask any and all questions that need to be addressed. You 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 and outreach 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 work.

   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.

   As a 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.

   At each 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 collection 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 award-winning film, Return To Glory: The Powerful Stirring of the Black Man" in the same auditorium. This can make for a full leadership + multicultural experience.

S O M E   I N T R I G U I N G   T 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. 

The Mysterious Rosetta Stone: A Code Crackin' International Treasure

  Very 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.



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

"If Nobody Loves You, Create The Demand!"®
Igniting Your Entrepreneurial Passion...On A Budget

Dr. Freeman has a number of interests, but as a former pastor/chaplain, he especially
loves working with/through military base Chapels...with
inreach and outreach benefits

Perhaps this event can be sponsored through MWR, HR, the Base
Chapel, or Family Support. Here are the Bottom Line Benefits:


   1. Each participant has a better understanding of his
        or her personality style.
   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)


PROBLEMS - 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 others



:  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 win/win choice.

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 military
and civilian personnel on and around the base?


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.

ADDITIONAL 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 Institute schedule...

~ A Unique Resource for Transition (TAP) Centers ~


Dr. Freeman latest book: "If Nobody Loves You, Create The Demand:
A Powerful Jolt of Entrepreneurial Energy and Wisdom

 <- Click on the cover to read the first chapter and overview of the book. Most every retiring officer is considering the ups and downs of personal reinvention in the civilian world. This book (and audio book) will help with each transition...

This book can be utilized by any transition center in the military. Some are transitioning from military green/blue to corporate gray. But many are not moving toward corporate gray...they are transitioning toward their own businesses and entrepreneurial pursuits. That's where this practical book comes in as a resource. A number of soldiers/officers have communicated that this book has helped them greatly with the transition process -- even though some were going to a corporate-type job. If you are the key decison-maker at a military Transition Center, we will send you a review copy. Email

"Combining personal vulnerability, pithy advice and reader-friendly content Freeman has developed an intriguing approach to the entrepreneurial journey, endorsed by noted business experts ranging from Steve Forbes, Ken Blanchard, George Fraser, Cathy Hughes, and Peter Shea to Brian Tracy, Janice Corley, Ben Carson, Roger Dawson, Teri Woods, Rich DeVos and many others..."


The Freeman Institute Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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The Freeman Institute Success Project

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Joel A. Freeman, Ph.D., Founder
P.O. Box 305
Gambrills, MD 21054
410.991.9718 (cell)
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Seminar is designed for any individual or organization
interested in leadership/staff development training -- large or small...


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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 Journal

  "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 Journal

  "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 case ."

  "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 aviation are:

  1. "Why is it doing that?"
  2. "Where are we?"
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 up there!"

  "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 to."

  "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 crash truck
    arrives; the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks, "What happened?"  The pilot's reply: "I don 't know, I just got here myself!"



Y O U   C O U L D   H A V E   H E A R D   A   P I N   D R O P

At a time when some people seem to feel the need to apologize for our country's prior actions,
here's a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country.


   JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in  France in the early 60's when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.  

   Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?"  

   DeGaulle did not  respond.  

   You could have heard a pin drop...


   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 America.  

   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 German."  

   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 passport ready."  

   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  to."  

   You could have heard a pin  drop...


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