"I will always remember Tom Crow for his great support and his many accomplishments but I will remember him especially: First, for his lovely wife, Carol. Admiral Hayward recognized the importance of family to the sailor and authorized Carol to travel with Tom. This proved to be great initiative. Carol was a wonderful representative, an excellent listener, a very fine speaker, a valuable source of information and a great credit to the Navy. Second, the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy.... Tom Crow believed that having an Academy dedicated to our Senior Enlisted personnel and located in the vicinity of our Naval War College would enhance "Pride and Professionalism" and would be a real boon to senior enlisted leadership. He felt very strongly that the Navy should have its own Academy. Mainly through Tom's personal and forceful drive, the Navy did in 1981 establish its own Senior Enlisted Academy. I was very proud to be there with him to cut the ribbon. Lastly, I will always remember Tom Crow as someone who consistently showed superb leadership by example on a daily basis. He was a strong spokesman for entire enlisted community and he never forgot that he was a Sailor from the fleet and that readiness and fleet are what it's all about. He was one great Shipmate!"
Vice Admiral Lando W. Zech Jr., USN (Retired)
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
MCPON Thomas Crow
Last Friday I had the opportunity to have lunch with the former Chief of Naval Personnel, VADM Lando W. Zech Jr. Our lunch discussions always make their way toward fine leaders in the Navy and he reminded me of his association and friendship with MCPON Thomas Crow and his wife Carol. VADM Zech told me about how he, CNO ADM Hayward and MCPON Crow established the Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, Rhode Island in 1981. It was MCPON Crow's vision of the SEA that made it a reality. MCPON Crow passed away 30 November 2008. His passing affected VADM Zech deeply. MCPON Crow was my second MCPON. This is what VADM Zech had to say about MCPON Crow: