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Stray thoughts of an aviator in his final year of active service

Posted by Lex, on June 27, 2007

 

“You know, with only a year to go this might be the last time I ever have to polish those brown shoes.

“Cool.”

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On Scene Commander

By lex, on April 14th, 2009

It probably sounds trivial, but I wondered in an earlier post * about the meaning of the word “on scene commander” as used by 5th Fleet in relating the takedown of those Somali pirates. Broadly speaking, the captain of a Navy ship has military authority over everyone within his lifelines, but a cruiser CO would be wise to refrain from telling a SEAL platoon CO how to do his job.

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Leadership isn’t easy

Posted by Lex, on June 4, 2008

It may not be commonly known here in the US, but our Canadian allies in the Af have suffered casualties disproportional to their numbers, chiefly because their 2500 soldiers are stationed in the Kandahar region, birthplace of the Taliban and heart of the combative Pashtun ethnic group. The Great White Up has had a vigorous political debate on the direction of the mission, and – having won a concession from NATO for 1000 additional combat troops – has recently agreed to extend their efforts until at least 2011.

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First Ship, First Cruise

 

By Lex, on Sat – April 30, 2005

 

I was talking to my chief-of-staff the other day about the first CO I’d had as midshipman – his name escaped me, but his adventures had not. One of those tales brought a glimmer of recognition to his eyes, and he asked, “what ship, and what timeframe?”

Turned out that nearly 30 years ago, the COS and I had been across the pier from one another – he as Lieutenant Junior Grade, and I as a third class midshipman. One of those strange circularities of the service, things that somehow ought to surprise, but over time and experience have lost their ability to do so. He remembered the CO well, and caught me up on his career after I’d left the ship.

Turned out the man had made admiral, and retired with one star on his collar. For reasons which I will in time reveal, this surprised me.

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Neptunus Lex: Essays On Leadership

To the reader – this is a work in progress and I am trying to better organize Lex’s posts by category. I suspect before I am done some will be added here.

01-08-2004    For Everything There Is A Time

07-07-2004    The Goat Locker

05-08-2004      Hobson’s Choice

08-26-2004   All Kinds of leadership

02-10-2005     My First Chief

03-30-2005     Leadership

04-23-2005    A Retirement Speech

04-30-2005    First Ship, First Cruise

03-20-2007    Leadership

06-27-2007    “When I was a plebe”

10-16-2007     Got A letter In The Mail

05-05-2008     So, what do you really think about me?

11-03-2008     BBSOB

01-24-2009    Old Ghosts

04-14-2009    On Scene Commander

05-10-2009     Small Talk

10-10-2009      Acid Test

01-23-2010     Task Saturation

06-20-2010    Second Look 

02-19-2011      Class Act

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Neptunus Lex: Some Recommended Posts By Category

As I am about to finish reposting Lex’s posts, I thought it would be nice to offer some recommended reading by category. Lex had a lot of interesting posts – some humorous, some instructional….Some about life. I am sure that as I read through these I will pick some more categories. 

 

Stories & Essays of the Navy

 

 Leadership

 

Naval Aviation and Safety

 

Humor

 

Life

 

 

 

 

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Class Act

Posted by Lex, on July 28, 2010

 

General McChrystal’s retirement speech, for those of you who missed it:

 

This is frustrating. I spent a career waiting to give a retirement speech and lie about what a great soldier I was. Then people show up who were actually there. It proves what Doug Brown taught me long ago; nothing ruins a good war story like an eyewitness.

 To show you how bad it is, I can’t even tell you I was the best player in my little league because the kid who was the best player is here tonight. In case you’re looking around, he’s not a kid anymore.

 But to those here tonight who feel the need to contradict my memories with the truth, remember I was there too. I have stories on all of you, photos on many, and I know a Rolling Stone reporter. (Laughter.) (Applause.)

 

To paraphrase the Bard, nothing in his service became him as his leaving it.

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