Category Archives: Lex
If you’re in the Sandy Eggo area tomorrow:
Apologizes for the late notice but as most of us know Saturday November 9th is the good Captains birthday.
To commemorate, Mrs Lefon and daughter will be hosting a get-together from 5p 7p at Shakespeare’s Pub & Grille located in the lovely Sandy Eggo, CA.
Throw back a Guinness, for strength and a Jameson’s for courage.
P.S. Thanks to frequent reader Steve for the reminder.
Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves: will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved? – Odysseus (In the movie “Troy”)
Once upon a time, I was ignorant of “The Unbearable Lightness of Lex”. I lurked and occasionally commented at the USNI Blog but that was the sole extent of my experience with the blogosphere.
Then one day my daughter, the WSO, mentioned in passing, a story which had her husband (Big Time) in a vast rage. Storming about the landscape and calling down the thunder he was, in his anger. So, being one to always listen to my children, I asked her what was the giant burr under the saddle of our beloved Big Time.
It was a tale of call signs and people who epitomize the tune “One of these things just doesn’t belong…”. It was a tale of Political Correctness gone mad and a world of warriors invaded and sullied by lesser beings. I was riveted and fascinated by this tale. Unfortunately, duty called the WSO away from the phone so I was left bereft of details.
All I knew was that it involved Big Time’s squadron and a former Skipper of that same squadron. I needed more. So I turned to Google (as I so often do), did a search and found “Neptunus Lex”. Where the proprietor of that blog had written a very erudite post on the situation which had Big Time in an uproar. It was excellent, so I bookmarked it so I could relay that to the WSO.
Later on, I sent her the URL. And decided to reread the article. That’s when I noticed the “Comments”, quite a few of them as a matter of fact. Hhhmm, I like comments. So I read them. I added to them. From that day forth, Neptunus Lex was the first stop of the day after my computer was up and running.
I wonder if I would’ve eventually found Neptunus Lex had my son-in-law not been a Naval Aviator in VFA-136? I like to think I would have.
But you never know.
And the rest, like they say, is history.
Here’s the post which hooked me: Big Victory.
Do you remember your first Lex?
For the first time, virtually ever, there was no “Daily Lex” today. Todd has done a superb job taking care of this for a year now. Yes, others have stepped in from time to time but Todd has really done the heavy lifting. He has laid this burden down, as he said he would. Though I was ready for this, still when I came here today it was, “Uh, oh yeah. Yesterday was it. Well, now what?”
Yes, now what? Does someone else pick up the task or do we say farewell to the “Daily Lex”? I fear that The Lexicans might wither and eventually be neglected, left to gather dust on the virtual bookshelf. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as to what we do next?
We knew this day would come. So my brothers and sisters, what’s next?
And thanks Todd. “Ya done good!”
Came across this post by Brigid today.
If you have not read this lady’s blog before, you need to add her to your list. She is an amazing writer.
It was dusty at Chez Sarge today.
One year has passed.
365 days without him. Without his words, his wisdom, his humor.
Capt. Carroll “Lex” Lefon. Died in service to his country one year ago today. He died doing what he loved, what his soul was called to do.
Fly. Fast. Really fast.
It was with such joy that he began his 1st career again after trying a 2nd career as a desk jockey.
That did not sit well with Lex, nosiree.
Qualifying the kFIR he would fly adversary for the TOPGUN aviators. The stuff that legends are made of.
Except that Lex was already a legend. To those of us who read his blog faithfully – his writing was the stuff of genius. How many times did someone say “write the damn book”…
Write one he did. Rhythms will someday be published; and a community left bereft at his passing will likely gather as we always promised we would – someplace “in the middle” so that we could all get a first edition and have it signed by the author whilst plying him with Guinness.
Lots of Guinness.
It is so tragic that a man like Lex – who lived 10 lifetimes in one short one – still had so much living to do. But then again, adrenaline-junkie that he was, whose to say that he didn’t live all that he was supposed to. He lived life on the tip of the spear – from fast jets to fast cars to fast motorcycles.
And while I feel the sorrow of his loss keenly, my thoughts turn to his beloved family and I realize that my grief can only pale to insignificance in the face of theirs.
I lost a good friend – no – I lost the brother of my heart one year ago today. The world changed once when I met Lex and I became a better person for it. The world changed again when he died – and I like to think that I remain that better person.
Lex showed us all how to live a life made of dreams. Lex showed us how to live a life of integrity, principles, honor and valor.
He was courageous to the end – landing a stricken jet with no fuel on board in deadly cross winds. It is a testament to his skill as a pilot and his determination as a human being that he got that kFIR on the ground at all.
Lex had grit – true grit. He served his country with dignity, he loved his family with passion and he shared so much of himself that I often wondered if he’d break from all the stretching.
When I woke up today – I felt a terrible weight pressing down on me. In those few precious moments after I opened my eyes, the world was as it should be. Then my mind engaged and I realized – no, it’s not. It all became clear and I knew why that weight was there.
And as the day has gone by – as I have read tributes from others – I feel that weight lifting. Yes, Lex lived a life of possibilities. And it is those possiblities that we should celebrate – both in his life and to welcome them into ours.
So it will be tonite that I will turn to a private memorial page on Facebook and celebrate the life of this extraordinary man. We miss him terribly and yet he left us a powerful legacy of focus and dedication to ones dreams.
Lex – you are with the angels, I’m sure of it – showing them how flying is really done.
There are dates you remember is your Naval Aviation life: Day you received your wings (28FEB76), day of your last flight as in a Duty Involving Flight Operations (DIFOP) status (24SEP92) and the first time someone you were close to died in a mishap (6FEB79). Those days mount up, over time. As I remarked once before, you maybe do the tally once or twice, then move on; for to dwell there too long does little good.
You also think, once you “hang up your spurs,” that you won’t need to keep counting, but I was wrong. My friend Carroll “Lex” Lefon left us a year ago today, to the collective shock, surprise and sense of loss and grief to many around the world.
For those of us who either were or still are “in the profession,” I think I say what many think is all really needs be said: He was a good stick.
Posted on behalf of Pinch: “Remembering Lex, Northern Virginia/DC, 6 March, 2013 at Sines, Pentagon City. 1700…see you there!”
Others around the country will be hosting similar gatherings, so feel free to make mention of them in this post. We Admins will be sure to keep everyone updated as we draw closer to March 6th. As for posting at NepLex, I think the Kat has the keys to the Mothership and I’ll ask if she will create a post there.