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. He still wears his Navy service on his sleeve. He needs to get over that. "ADVANCE WARNING - NO ORIGINAL THOUGHT!" A "self-appointed" lead EVANGELIST for the "cryptologic community". Keeping CRYPTOLOGY alive-one day and Sailor at a time. 2015 is 80th Anniversary of the Naval Security Group.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Choosing the drum beat we march to
We must follow the tune of a different drummer. Our vocation is one that is unlike most others, and because of this it requires different things of us. This difference, fundamental to our profession, is nothing to be ashamed of. It is defined by the terms that include self-sacrifice, devotion to duty, and the highest standards of personal and professional integrity, and contains the values that are among the most respected in Western civilization.
We have been through bad times before. Unpopularity, lean budget years, and slow promotions have been characteristic problems of the armed forces in every postwar period in American history. What has enabled us to survive these problems in the past has been adherence to our ideals and principles, and not adaptation to the social fashions of the day, regardless of their appeal.
Lieutenant Commander K.C. Jacobsen, U.S. Navy
The Stranger in the Crowd