Originally published August 7, 2008.
I would imagine Lex was feeling very melancholy about leaving the Navy. Was in a forced retirement or did he chose to take his 20+ and retire?
These days it is so different – for officers and enlisted. Started that way when I was in the Army in the early 70s and they were going all-volunteer.
Their term, RIF, for Reduction In Force, became a verb, as in “I’ve been RIFed”
His choice Bill. In fact, he notified his CO of his plan to retire in August 2001. He was asked to give it a month of thought and then they’d be home from their current deployment where they’d give Lex some R&R to think things over.
September 11th was less than 3 weeks later. So Lex put his retirement off to be the strike fighter and country lover that he was – and defend his country. And stayed in for nearly 7 more years.
Thanks Kris -
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