Saturday, October 1, 2011

History in the making

Yesterday was a day marked by a little bit of naval history in the making.  You had to have been there to really capture the whole of it.

Somewhere around 1530 on Friday, 30 September, the Navy's Cryptologist, Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers broke his 3 star Flag for the first time when he assumed command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet at Fort McHenry, Maryland.

Some readers will recall Fort McHenry's historical significance and others are completely unaware.  Here's some of it... During the war of 1812, beginning at 6:00 A.M. on September 13, 1814, British warships bombarded the fort for 25 hours. Due to the poor accuracy of the British weapons at maximum range, and the limited range of the American guns, very little damage was done on either side, but the British ceased their attack on the morning of September 14, 1814, and the naval part of the British invasion of Baltimore had been repulsed.

Francis Scott Key, a Washington lawyer who had come to Baltimore to negotiate the release of Dr. William Beanes, a civilian "Prisoner of war", witnessed the bombardment from a nearby truce ship. An oversized American flag had been sewn by Mary Pickersgill in anticipation of the British attack on the fort. When Key saw the flag emerge intact in the dawn of September 14, he was so moved that he began that morning to compose the poem "The Defence of Fort McHenry" which would later be renamed and become the United States National anthem.

Now, how cool is it that VADM Rogers breaks his flag as a 3 star for the first time in this historic place?  The 15 gun salute was icing on the cake.  It was awe inspiring.  It really was.


Anonymous said...

Again, love the title Navy's Cryptologist. Hopefully this will get some official recognition in the near future.

LCDRLDO/6440 said...

Time to walk the walk.

From an FCC/C10F Action Officer said...

He started leading first thing this morning when he came into the morning brief. Told us exactly what he expected and engaged all of us.

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

Some having power in this great nation have said that Francis Scott Key’s observation of the battle fought at Fort McHenry is too violent to represent the country. This great country was founded because violence was necessary to gain our freedom as a country.

Very Respectfully,

Steve said...

I offer the following new verse to our National Hymn:


Oh, tho’ trouble assail us - and Freedom be lost –
Tho’ the night drape about us, in grim, shroud-like nature,

And the hard times return, with small hope that the Morn
May again rise defiant, at arrogant censure!

We will never relent in our mission, God-sent,
And, keeping our oath, ever proud and unbent,

Then our Star-Spangled Banner in glory shall wave,
Again o’er the free and eternally brave.



Steve Myers

Anonymous said...

Steve Myers, Officer and Poet,

Well stated and observed by all who scan this site.

Tho’ I cannot match the turn of your phrases.
The meaning shines through, of the eternal fight.

Our hope will remain that those such as you, lend the
words that are given to guide the unsure to the light.

Very Respectfully,
E. A. Hughes, FTCM(SS)
US Navy (Retired)