Saturday, May 28, 2016

A note ... of note - as the years go by

The "art of the letter" is not completely lost.  I see glimmers of hope every day in my mailbox.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Write to be read

I am a big proponent of writing in a journal to capture ideas and thoughts. There is certainly great value in writing for yourself. I continue to find that my brain is greatly stimulated by writing to be read. The greatest benefit of writing is what it does to expand your brain’s capacity. Find ways to write to be read – by writing things for your friends to read, by capturing the stories of your childhood, starting your own blog or whatever – just write to be read.
 21 other ways to overclock your brain from The RIRIAN Project HERE.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Proud of all of these young new cryptologic warfare commanders

Special Duty Officer (Information Warfare)
Arellano Ron Joseph 0014
Berensen Dane Eric 0023
Bishop Stephen Wade 0006
 Cardwell Gregory Shawn 0025
Christmas Geoffrey Dav 0007
 Dobkins Thomas W 0013
Everhart Anthony J 0004
 Griffin Matthew Thomas 0009
Hall Charles Howard 0019
 Harrison Joseph Benjam 0005
Hubner Suzanne Theresa 0022
 Kantz Stephen M 0017
Lowery Timothy Edward 0008
 Mengwasser Alan Carl 0020
Moore Josie L 0001
Olivi Gary Michael 0002
Schuhart Russell Gerar 0018
 Schulz Brian Landry 0015
Smith Kenneth Gene 0011
 Sproat Robert Joseph 0016
Staub Patrick Allen 0024
 Steves Frederick Bente 0003
Thomas Yonnette D 0010
 Thompson Patrick Aaron 0021
Vergow Joshua James 0012
 Wilson William M 0026

Some of these were fine young petty officers in another life.

Thankful that a couple of them gave the Navy a second chance to get it right!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

Heads up !! NIOD Kaneohe Bay Change of Charge in June

In a time honored Navy tradition, Lieutenant Commander David T. Spalding will be relieved as Officer in Charge, NIOD Kaneohe Bay in June.

Navy Information Operations Detachment Kaneohe Bay Sailors support Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TWO's expeditionary Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in support of THIRD, FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet operations fighting today's War on Terror and ready to engage tomorrow's adversaries.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Advice to the XO

This is #10 in the series of over 150 of my letters to the Executive Officer in 2013

My advice to you in your new role as XO:

Do it the Navy way first!  There are lots of things that have to be done and they all fall into your swim lane.  When you immerse yourself in the XO job, you are going to find you are responsible for the whole damn pool.  And, you thrive on responsibility.  The new CO and those Sailors are counting on you.

Read the regs, pubs, and instructions. They are important.  You, more than anyone else in the command, are the rule master.  Every rule can't and SHOULDN'T be followed to the letter (if at all).  You have to be smart enough to know what the rules are and you have to be smart about what can't or shouldn't be followed.  Let the CO know where you or the command are deviating.  Never leave him holding the bag.  At the same time, you can't go to him for a ruling on every decision.  You and the CO will have to coordinate closely.  Have a good plan and try to stick to it.  The CO has to have complete confidence in your ability to get the job done.  Give him that confidence.  Don't make him search for it.  Never put him in the position of being the bad guy.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Don't like telling people what to do? Tell them "WHY", it makes it easier.

Notes from the field...

Got your note today saying you did not like telling people what to do.  Mostly, because their first inclination is not to do it.  Your Navy must be on a different planet than mine.  We are in the business of telling Sailors what needs to be done.  It is good for them to know WHY.  The "how" should be left to them unless there is a proscribed Navy 'how'.

The essence of being a Naval officer is getting the right things done, the right way, at the right time by the right people.  To do that, you are going to have to tell people to do things.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Give your brain the day off

Go do some easy reading and catch up on the Fleet Cyber Command/TENTH Fleet Strategic Plan.  You can read it HERE.  Make your chain of command happy.  Talk about it.  Debate it.  But, for goodness sake, at least read it.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sage advice from the old man

1.  Sometimes 'good' is not good enough.
2.  In the beginning - keep your hair cut, your shoes shined and your mouth shut.
3.  Hard work never killed anyone.  Not any Sailors, anyway. 
4.  Keep at it until you get it right.  If it's not right, you're not done.
5.  Always tell the truth.  That way you never have to remember what you said.
6.  The only way to know what's going on on the mid-watch is to be on the mid-watch.  Visit your people on the mid-watch.  Day ladies, that means you.
7.  Always write it down.  Take my word for it.  You'll wish you had written it down.
8.  Take care of your people.  Toughen them up for the long haul.  20-30 years in the service can wear a person down.  No professional compromises.  You'll regret them.
9.  A good Fitness Report writes itself.  Do the hard work required to do a great job.
10.  Never ask one of your people to write their own award or Fitness Report.  It's not right.  And if it's not right, you're not done.  Go back and write their award and Fitness Report.  They deserve the recognition.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

What's your point?

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever.  Use a pile driver.  Hit the point once.  Then come back and hit it a second time - a tremendous whack!

Sir Winston Churchill

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

Busy? I don't buy it. Don't even try to sell it.

1. False feeling of being productive
2. False feeling of being important
3. Being continuously busy dilutes the focus to your priorities
4. ‘I’m not busy’ is way cooler.
I recommend:
Put “busy” in your B.S. column.  It may have to get pulled out every once in a while. In the meantime, put it away when another word would be truer.