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Adopt A Sailor For Only $10

One of the Lexicans, the WSO, had this idea to help a squadron during the holiday season. Spread a little cheer, and let those who are guarding the country know someone is thinking of them!

She has a gofundme page all set up.

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Free Ride

By lex, on March 17th, 2011

George Will writes that China’s economic growth is being underwritten in part by the US Navy’s beneficent guardianship of the international sea lanes of communication:

Whatever China’s navy becomes, some thoughtful people will be surprised. What they do (at the Naval War College) is scholarship, not intelligence — they devour the flood of Chinese military publications. And the scholars differ about the most fundamental question, which is: Will China, for the next three to five decades, concentrate on economic growth — on prospering from globalization’s unimpeded flow of raw materials, goods and services — and be content to let America bear the burden of policing this?

The answer will be yes — if China makes a purely economic calculation. But nations usually have deeper and stronger motivations. This is particularly true of ascendant nations feeling their oats and spurred by long memories of impotence and humiliations.

It may be difficult to thwart the aspirations of 1.3 billion people.

Perhaps Joss Whedon had it right.

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By lex, on January 1st, 2012

That’s something we used to teach sailors, back when learning how to be a mariner was more important than the things they are being taught today.

There are only so many useful hours in a day. You can either learn how to tie a knot, or your can be indoctrinated on the benefits of diversity, etc.

I was an eagle scout, and my father had been in the merchant marine. He taught me how to tie a bowline one-handed by the time I was 12. A few years later, when I was a midshipman, I tied a messenger line around a stanchion aboard a Boat School yard patrol craft with a clove hitch. A grizzled bosun’s mate first class looked at my work, and said weightily to no one in particular, “That’s a good knot.” I was inordinately proud of myself, as such praise was hard to come by. That was back in 1980 or so.

To paraphrase Rummie, “You go to war with the Navy you have, not the one you wish you had.”

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Preferential Treatment

By lex, on December 5th, 2011

You may or may not remember the former CO of the USS Ponce. She was the eighth in an I-can’t-recall-how-many COs to be relieved for cause in 2011. Took her XO with her.

Summat of a pip, * it seems:

The Navy commander who was fired in April from her position as skipper of the Norfolk-based amphibious ship Ponce gave preferential treatment to female officers and repeatedly put her crew’s safety at risk, according to an investigation report released Wednesday.

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The Things You See

By lex, on November 22nd, 2011

Son Number One is back in Sandy Eggo, for to share the upcoming Thanksgiving festivities – my favorite holiday – with his clan. He went hence from Chez Lex to the local Flight Standards District Office, having completed his military competency test, to receive his civil ratings: Commercial & Instrument; Single Engine Land/Rotary Wing. Which is one more rating than I’ll ever get. Old dogs and new tricks, and those things go down. They go down. It’s the complexity in it.

A flight school classmate from Whiting Field joined him there at Montgomery Field. The FSDO at Pensacola apparently charges $90 for providing naval aviators their civilian ratings, which is odd for a government servant on full-time salary, whose paid work it is to service the certification requirements of airmen. I get that an FAA-certified examiner, who is not a government employee, charges for his time. I do not grok a civil servant playing the fiddle on the backs of recently winged naval aviators.

But anyway.

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CNET’s Latest Challenge

By lex, on November 15th, 2011

The Chief of Naval Education and Training has a new challenge aboard the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier – toilet training:

It may seem like a trivial inconvenience in the scheme of things, but it’s become routine enough that some sailors aboard the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush say it’s affecting their morale, their health and their job performance: Since the ship left for its maiden combat deployment in May, its toilet system has suffered outages so frequently that crew members sometimes can’t find a single working commode.

Over the weekend, the mother of one Bush sailor became so upset by her son’s repeated reports of widespread toilet outages that she blasted a news release about it to reporters across the country.

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Another Day at the Office

By lex, on November 7th, 2011 NAS Fallon, NV



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