Musings, leadership tidbits and quotes posted by a retired Navy Captain (really just a high performing 2nd Class Petty Officer) who hung up his uniform a bit too early (even at 30 years). The uniform is in the closet but, he still wears his Navy service on his sleeve. He needs to get over that. But, he just doesn't try hard enough. "ADVANCE WARNING - NO ORIGINAL THOUGHT!" A "self-appointed" lead EVANGELIST for the "cryptologic community". Keeping CRYPTOLOGY alive-one day and Sailor at a time.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
As a Proven Champion of Many Lost Causes - GOLD Medal goes to me
For a little over 14 months I had been trying to convince NPC and NNWC to confer Naval Aviation Observer wings on RADM G. Pat March who spent a fair amount of time flying the P4M as a Communications Intelligence (COMINT) Evaluator (COMEVAL). Despite prior success in getting NAO wings for several other 1610 officers in the past, I failed to convince 'the powers that be' on the merits of RADM March's case. Although, RADM March had no expectations, mine were high - but recently dashed. Two days after the Admiral's death on 18 October 2009, I got word from NPC that the request was denied.
As indicated below - RADM March was not optimistic (or concerned) about approval.
"Although we drew flight skins (pay), we COMINT types in those days were never designated TAOs like the ELINT people in the rear end of the aircraft who were attached to NAVCOMMUNIT 32G. As I recall, it was because we had not gone through the evasion and escape survival course. Actually, I have a pair of TAO wings. When I was CO at Kamiseya, I happened to be chatting with some of the personnel in 5th Division (the ones who manned the direct support teams afloat, in the air, and submerged) and was good-naturedly grousing about the fact that I didn't receive wings although I had been doing what they were doing (and had earned them). A few months later the 5th Division presented me with a desk pen set that had a pair of wings mounted on the base. It's still on my desk, of course."
RADM G. Pat March Former Commander, Naval Security Group Command