Friday, February 10, 2012
The Challenge Of Command
"It is sometimes frustrating to try and explain to anyone—military or civilian—what “being a Navy commanding officer” is all about simply because they cannot possibly grasp the depth, complexity, hours and personal commitment involved. Nor could you. I am a teacher, counselor, rescuer, parent, mentor, priest, confessor, judge and jury, executioner, cheerleader, coach, nudger, butt-kicker, hugger, social worker, lawyer, shrink, doctor, analyst, budgeteer, allowance giver, career planner, assignment getter, inspector, critiquer, scheduler, planner, event planner, task master, and absolutely as often as necessary — sacrificial lamb and arrow catcher. I am my Sailor's commanding officer, and will only do this job one way while I’m in it .
I will do whatever it takes to serve them."
For more on the Skipper's responsibilities, Chapter 8 U.S. Navy Regulations