“Sooner or later ... everyone, even the most successful admirals and generals, eventually will arrive at the point where the Navy or Marine Corps says, enough, you have served well and long but now you are done. Understanding the meaning of the long progression of faces can make that moment understandable, if not entirely pleasant. It leads to acceptance and to satisfaction with a job well done and a career well led. In a word, that parade of faces (those men and women with whom you have served long and faithfully) provides perspective."
Admiral James Stavridis