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Eureka

By lex, on January 30th, 2010

I woke up this morning with the answer to many questions in my head, foremost among them this: What on earth is Navy doing? I mean, after all, these are smart men atop the leadership ladder at Navy and in the Navy. Excellent competitors and achievers with brilliant political instincts.

How could they be so dumb?

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Things Change

By lex, on August 4th, 2011

When I was a midshipman at the US Naval Academy, I was one of those 20% who opted to become “bull” majors, studying political science rather than math and science to my later regret. Other bull options were English, economics and history. The school’s intention was that each midshipman have a solid grounding in core technical studies, and it wasn’t until my senior year that I had more majors courses than otherwise. I don’t know how many other schools required their poly sci majors to take two semesters of electrical engineering to go with physics, differential equations, chemistry and thermodynamics.

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Intro

By lex, on July 1st, 2011

Back at Navy, way back in the way back when, I had a teammate on the sabre team, a year senior to me. He was a lefty, whose defensive prowess – I carried many a stripe on my back and forearm the blazing speed of his ripostes – taught me a great deal about getting in and out quickly on attack.

Which lessons, by the way, were of immense and transferable value to the strike fighter pilot.

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2:41:32

 

By lex, on May 25th, 2011

That’s how long it took the USNA class of 2011 to climb Herndon, the tradition of greasing the undeniably phallic obelisk having returned:

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Sensible

 

By lex, on July 25th, 2009

The case of the pregnant midshipman that received a waiver to graduate and be commissioned has been clarified ** by a spokesman from the Trade School on the Severn:

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Here We Go Again

By lex, on September 24th, 2010

I was at a breakfast last week where CNO was the guest speaker. He spoke well and movingly about the need to lead our sailors well, the nation’s need for deployable, combat ready naval forces and the various centers of instability that will keep Navy as a crucial buttress to our national security for the foreseeable future.

Towards the end of the speech, he took a question I didn’t quite hear, but I assume from his answer that it had to do with Navy’s quest for diversity, and potential impacts on quality.

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Justice Delayed

By lex, on May 8th, 2010

Midshipman 3/C Curry is off the football squad * at Navy:

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