Sunday, April 29, 2012
Good Reputation - easily lost
The recent Secret Service scandal highlights the far-reaching and lasting negative impact of bad behavior by a few individuals on the reputation of an entire organization.
All Sailors are stewards of the Navy's reputation. We need to guard it closely by behaving in a manner which upholds the reputation of a great service.
Every officer, Chief or Sailor who fails to guard that reputation impugns us all as well as bringing discredit upon himself. We don't need a new rule, a new program or chaperones to get us to behave. We know what must be done and we must do it for the good of our service, for the good of our Shipmates and for our own good.
When the man that you are entrusted to give your life to save his makes fun of you, you know you are done. Honorable men of the Secret Service have lost their lives for the President. The recent Secret Service behavior stains that memory. We must be mindful of that.