By lex, on May 1st, 2008
“Laws control the lesser man,” wrote Mark Twain, who concluded by saying, “right conduct controls the greater one.”
Vice President Cheney pinned (PFC Monica) Brown, of Lake Jackson, Tex., with a Silver Star in March for repeatedly risking her life on April 25, 2007, to shield and treat her wounded comrades, displaying bravery and grit. She is the second woman since World War II to receive the nation’s third-highest combat medal.
By lex, on May 1st, 2008
Watching the PBS special “Carrier” makes me feel like I’m back on the boat. Hungry, tired and horny in other words. All at the same time. They could have merely called it “Work” and saved me the effort of watching. It’s a good thing I TiVo’d it, because that allows me to hit “Stop” and answer questions from the Hobbit every so often. Which is pretty much continuously. For the life of me, I cannot imagine how someone could spend a quarter century married to a naval aviator and not understand how the holdback bar differs from the launch bar, or the distinction between the Air Boss and the Air Ops Officer.
I can only blame myself.
By lex, on April 26th, 2008
I think it’s true that most of us in the Navy honestly love what we do, as much as anyone can love spending long months separated from their families doing arduous work in spartan conditions with the constant possibility of death by drowning.
Although we do not recruit exclusively from the ranks of the Vienna Boy’s Choir, we do work in close proximity – sometimes very close proximity – with some truly great people. Not everyone gets to fly a fighter off a carrier deck or rage into the break at 500 knots, but most sailors know that they are integral contributors to something important. Something bigger than themselves.
By lex, on April 1st, 2008
There’s a phrase often used in the service for acts of selfless sacrifice – it’s called, “Jumping on the grenade,” and usually it’s a metaphor for someone who “takes one for the team.”
Sometimes – very rarely – we are exposed to the kind of grace that renders all metaphors moot. The kind of act which demonstrates the inadequacy of the symbols and sounds we use to convey meaning. Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael Monsoor performed such an act of transcendant honor at such absolute personal cost:
By lex, on March 28th, 2008
To go along with the “Green Water” vid
To go along with the “Green Water” vid below, SJ Bill sends along this pic from the past:
Here’s one of my old boat, the Essex, back in ’60. Note the brand spanking new C1A spotted aft for a deck run off the angle. I think the pilot was Horst Petrich, who pulled off this launch any number of times. During my day, LCDR Petrick was my asst CATCC officer.
During the next year or so, Essex snapped off her mast in a worse storm.
By lex, on March 28th, 2011
The Air Force Times blames a combination of coalition politics and a relatively weak air-to-ground capability for keeping USAF’s exceptionally stealthy but exorbitantly expensive F-22 Raptor from yet another bug hunt *:
By lex, on March 19th, 2008
A patchwork of perspectives on Iraq from soldiers, a mother who lost her son, a college student protesting the war, politicians, advisers and a pair of Iraqis.
Do not be surprised if there is no coherent narrative on what has happened. But neither close your mind to the sounds of cautious optimism.