Kansas City Shows Off Supply Chain Plan for Smart City

It’s so great to see a city like Kansas City, which doesn’t exactly spring to the forefront of your mind when talking about trail-blazing, lead the way in supply chain platform technology. The way companies produce and distribute products is changing, and the world needs to change with it. Check it out here!

Navy Veteran Brad Snyder Shatters Two American Records

Recently Brad Snyder, a United States Navy veteran, shattered records at the ECAC Swimming Championships. Brad broke his own record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.12. He first set the record back in 2014 with a time of 55.59. It was followed by a new American record in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:03. The previous record had been 8 seconds longer.

Mr. Snyder sets two new records within his S11 categories. S11 is a category used within the Paralympics. Anyone who swims under this category denotes that they are severely visually impaired or blind. Swimmers are required to wear black out goggles and receive a tap on the shoulder as they approach the wall.

Snyder is an inspiration for his fellow Paralympic athletes, and to all Americans. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 2006, he proudly served his country as an explosive ordnance disposal officer. It was in 2011 during a tour in Afghanistan that Brad lost his eyesight after stepping on an IED while trying to help the victims of a separate bombing. As a true hero, Brad was in the water less than a year later competing for a spot on the US Paralympic Team. Fate granted him that wish and he quickly became one of the world’s fastest blind swimmers, taking home two gold medals and a silver.

The competition was held on the first weekend of the month at the US Naval Academy, which is located in Annapolis, Maryland. ECAC stands for the Eastern College Athletic Competition and includes team such as the University of Virginia, Army West Point, and the Naval Academy. For the first time in competition the ECAC launched it’s Inclusive Sports Initiative. It allows Paralympic athletes to score at meets and it blew expectations out of the water. Brad was not the only one who set records – in fact, there were 8 others.

Speaking to Swimming World, Brad released a statement showcasing his pride and approval of the inclusion initiative;  “I’m immensely proud and excited about the ECAC inclusion initiative! I was honored to compete in the exhibition and I’m looking forward to seeing how the “disability” category is integrated next year. It is my most sincere hope that this inclusion initiative will serve as a model for other conferences to follow in the future. I think this is a win-win for all those involved.”

I salute Brad for his service to our country and for being a great American!

The History of Navy vs Army Football Game

One the most ardent rivalries in college football is the Army Black Knights vs Navy Midshipmen. Every year, the game draws more viewers as it’s seen as one of the greatest game of the season. As an alumni of the Naval Academy, Navy football holds a significant place in my heart. The big game is something that I look forward to watching every fall.  In 2015, the game played in Philadelphia, PA at the Lincoln Financial Field on December 12th with Navy winning 21 to 17. As a result of this win, Navy has been on a 14 year winning streak, the longest they have ever had.

The first game between the two great military rivals took place in 1890. Except for four years, the game has been held at various locations throughout the country. Considered neutral territory, New York City, Baltimore, and Philadelphia are often the host cities for the game due to their location between the two campuses. They haven’t been the only cities to hold the big game over the years. Chicago, Pasadena, and East Rutherford have all been hosts as well.

Only six games over the 125 years have taken place on the school’s campuses. While there are various reasons for this, the major reason is due to the stadium’s capacity. Due to the demand of the current students, alumni, civilians, and other military personnel to see such a historic game, it was logical to move to a bigger venue. Army’s Michie Stadium holds 38,000 people while Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium holds 34,000 people. It was in 1899, the first neutral territory game occurred. Since then, the only two games to play at one of the school’s stadium occurred in 1942 and 1943 due to World War II’s travel ban.

At first the games played the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the day the rest of the college teams ended their season. In recent years, it is now played the second Saturday of December as the last game of the season for both teams. One reason the date moved to the second weekend in December is due to the conference championship games for the other teams, which are always held on the first weekend of the month.

Besides winning the game this year, the Navy won the Commander in Chief trophy for the 15th time – a competition between the three branches of the military’s football teams. As of 2016, Navy leads against Army with a record of 60-49-7.

Go Navy, beat Army!

Great Exercises for the Pool

Admiral-Mark-Heinrich-swimHello and welcome to my website. This website is dedicated to my love for the hobbies that drive my life. I would love to share any and all hobby related experiences with you all, so I would like to start it off with a little piece I wrote up on swimming and some of the best exercises when you’re in the pool. Below you will find some of the best pool exercises I know of and that I regularly work on.

Swim Workouts for Cardio:

I recommend sprints or fast swims with a kickboard or underwater swims for 20-30 minutes at a time. This will get your lungs and heart heavily involved and allow the blood to move through your body providing oxygen rich cells to your body. This will decrease fatigue and lactic acid buildup, which cuts down on the burning sensation in your muscles when exercising. After your 20-30 minutes of fast swimming, slow down to and easy pace, which will burn fat at a higher rate in the second half of the workout.

Workout #1

-5 x 50m sprint freestyle (change strokes as desired)

– Rest with 20 seconds (hydrate if needed)

– 5 x 100m sprints — any stroke

– Rest 40-60 seconds

What time you have left in your hour, spent swimming at a regular pace, non-stop for 15-30 minutes

Workout #2

5 x 50-100m sprint/rest with 50m kickboard using flutterkicks

– 5 x 50-100m sprint/rest with 50m kick board using breast or dolphin kick

Use fins for 15-30 minutes without stopping

Workout #3

– Swim 100-200m moderate pace

– Pushups – 30 seconds worth of pushups (10-40 reps depending on fitness level)

– Abs of choice – crunches, setups, flutterkicks, leg levers – 1:00 of abs

Workout #4 (Will need a medium and light set of dumbbells on pool deck)

– Swim 100-200m moderate pace

– Pushups – 10-20

– Crunches – 20-30

– Bicep Curls – 10-20 reps

Repeat this set 5 times

Hope these exercises help and get you off to a good start and a healthy lifestyle one backstroke at a time.

Thank you for reading!

Admiral Mark Heinrich

Pearl Harbor Plane Uncovered


A day that will live on in infamy has somehow found a way to reveal yet another lost artifact from the past. As the 74th anniversary of the attack of Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor approaches new photos have surfaced showing a US Navy seaplane that was lost during the battle. Archaeologists from NOAA and the University of Hawaii released the images only a few hours ago and said the plane was sunk in the opening minutes of the attack.

Admiral-Mark-Heinrich-navy-planeNOAA and the University of Hawaii uncovered information that before the attack on Pearl Harbor, aircrafts that were part of the Japanese Imperial Navy bombed the nearby U.S. Naval Air Station on the eastern coast of Oahu. About 27 Catalina PBY, also known as “flying boats” were destroyed and sunk.


This past June students from the University of Hawaii dove into the waters of Kāne‛ohe Bay to photograph the wreckage. The students were a part of the Marine Option Program and conducted a full archaeological survey of the Bay’s floor. Hans Van Tilburg is a longtime maritime archaeologist with the NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and was responsible for the efforts to photograph the planes.


Van Tilburg said the plane is protected by the Sunken Military Craft Act of 2004 which allows the plane, currently resting in three large pieces 30 feet below the surface, to remain in its place. Van Tilburg went on to say, “The new images and site plan help tell the story of a largely forgotten casualty of the attack,” Van Tilburg said, in the press release. “The sunken PBY plane is a very important reminder of the ‘Day of Infamy,’ just like the USS Arizona and USS Utah. They are all direct casualties of December 7.”

June Cleghorn, senior archaeologist at Marine Corps Base Hawaii was also quoted on the new photos and the plane wreckage, “This sunken flying boat is a window into the events of the attack, a moment in time that reshaped the Pacific region. Understanding this site sheds light on the mystery of the lost PBYs and honors the legacy of the Navy and Marine Corps Base in Hawaii.”


Thank you for reading!

Admiral Mark Heinrich