Saturday, November 13, 2010
NAO Breast Insignia - Not awarded frivilously - Cherish yours
16 months of effort on this request to authorize NAO wings for RADM March resulted in failure. VADM Ferguson (Chief of Naval Personnel) reviewed the request personally and stated that he did not have the authority to retroactively award RADM G.P. March his NAO wings for his service as a COMEVAL in P4M aircraft. RADM March went to his final rest on the wings of a prayer - without his NAO wings. In his letter to me, RADM Pat March did not express any faith in NPC awarding his wings and he was okay with that. This was a great learning experience for me and I was pleased that VADM Ferguson took the time to consider the request personally.
I feel it is our collective duty to honor and remember the service of those who have gone before us. If we do not remember them and their achievements, who will remember us and ours?