Category Archives: USCG

In The Line of Duty

If you thought that all the drama and angst over the 2016 election with its divided country and confusing rhetoric was over, stand by. The real political nonsense is just getting started. Over the next four year we are going to see allegations and investigations that will make the Benghazi stuff look tame. And each and every time someone says “That ain’t right,” it will be met with the excuse that “You did it to Hillary and Obama.”

Can you imagine what the next 50 years is going to look like with this back and forth tit-for-tat nonsense? It’s like a Star Trek episode where the guy who is black on the left side keeps chasing the guy who is black on the right side through time and space. All the country really wants is to have government that isn’t sticking its nose into every corner of our lives and taking all of our money, but instead what we get is The Magnificent Bickersons and more and more consolidation of power and authority.

Yay us.

Among the issues that the Military is facing is the question of whether or not suicides are to be considered “in the line of duty” or not. This is one of those sure to divide people issues, mainly because of the varying religious beliefs about the act of suicide and the general social phobias we have about talking about it. Read the rest of this entry

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Two Things (And a Few More)

There’s two things about Memorial Day. First, it honors the fallen. Second, it reminds the living that they have to press on and fulfill the destiny and mission of those who are left behind.

So when one is trying to compress ten plus years of Navy experience into just a few, say three to five, minutes, how does one communicate what that time meant and how it changed a life and a person forever? From learning what to worry about aboard a submarine to why painting bilges actually matters, is there some way to show what it all meant?

The truth is that we look at things differently at 52 years old than we did at 22 years of age. Eyes don’t work as well, limbs don’t move as well, concentration fades and even beltlines seem tighter.

But for all of that, the lessons of those days stick with us in ways that surprise, even after so many years. We mourn the losses, but at noon we raise the flag to full mast.

And we go on in the knowledge that there is a purpose and meaning that transcends the ability to put into words.

Armed Forces Day

 

The Official Armed Forces Day Proclamation

The Official Armed Forces Day Proclamation

Once upon a time, there such a thing as “Navy Day” celebrated across the United States. For what it’s worth, there was also an Army Day, but with the creation of the Department of Defense in the late 1940’s, President Truman directed all of the other days to be combined into a single “armed forces Day” to honor all of the Services AND the millions of Veterans who have served in them.

The President called upon the nation to display the colors at their homes, and to recognize the “skill, gallantry and the uncompromising devotion to duty characteristic of the Armed Forces in carry out their assigned missions.”

It is a day to celebrate all things Military.

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