Thursday, August 11, 2011
Diminished ? - I don't think so.
When I saw that he won this award, I wanted to feel great pride for him and his family. Instead, I feel like the award has diminished the nature of his service by allowing some to try to put him and this achievement in the "diversity box". Do NOT put Bryan in a box.
Don't get me wrong, Bryan is a rockstar. I'm sure that he's proud of his Hispanic heritage (I am VERY proud to be part of a great Hispanic family myself), but he and his accomplishments (and those of his Lopez family) long ago put to rest the idea of any limitation on the levels of achievement they might reach. Captain Clyde Lopez was the most respected Inspector General and Captain the Naval Security Group during his time on active duty. He continues to serve as a civilian today. Bryan is in that mold.
My Shipmates and I are very proud of Bryan and his achievements over his long and distinguished career. His family name, alone, is legendary in our community and he brings great honor to it along with the rest of his Lopez family - Clyde, Barbara, Phil, Bryan's sons and daughters, and others. He is a STANDOUT performer in EVERY environment. He is a qualified Naval Aviation Observer and Information Dominance Warfare officer, former commanding officer, current executive officer, acquisition expert, mentor, Shipmate, Sailor, and superb husband, father, grandfather and a hundred other things beyond a STEM Luminary for 2011.
Don't put Bryan or his achievements in the "diversity box" - He's in a class of his own - as good as any; better than most and often simply - THE BEST. I salute you Bryan. And, so do your Shipmates !!