Thursday, June 28, 2012

Change of command for Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii

Change of command tomorrow, 29 June 2012 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Officers Club.

Captain Justin F. Kershaw will relieve Captain Jeffrey S. Cole as Commanding Officer.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to CAPT Cole and CAPT Kershaw. Two fine offiers and Rock Stars in our community.

It's a shame Anneli will not be there. CAPT Kershaw will have a great tour. With Anneli by his side, he would have an OUTSTANDING tour.

Anonymous said...

Anyone else tired of seeing the same invitation template over and over? Is the ceremony really all about those on the stage? Why not make the crew a bigger part of things? These ceremonies could actually be fun if we wanted them to be.

Mike Lambert said...

Anon @ June 28, 2012 11:58AM

How about the crew inviting people to the change of command where the Sailors acknowledge their support for the outgoing CO and pledge the same high level of support for the incoming CO. I think we may see something like this in the very near future. A whole new invitation to the change of command and a new slant on the ceremony. You asked for it and you are likely going to see it. Look for the purple cow to get this done.

Mike Lambert said...

How about this for an invitation??

The crew of Navy Information Operations Command Purple Cow invites you to join us as we salute two years of purposeful leadership under our Commanding Officer - Commander Joe Schmoe and welcome Commander Shes Theboss as our new Commanding Officer as she pledges to continue a legacy of significance in support of the CNO's Sail Plan.

Anonymous said...

I've rarely heard a purple cow
I ever hope to hear one
Their melody 'tis not always dow
our last 'twas a not a well Singer

Anonymous said...

How about we leave Navy traditions alone? Can we do that? Please.

Anonymous said...

Traditions have their place as does change...unfortunately the latter doesn't get any positive attention until such a time it is considered tradition.

CWO4 Brian L. Ashpole, USN-Retired said...

Shouldn't we just get back to what the purpose of the Change of Command is?

It's about continuity of leadership and informing the crew as to who the Commanding Officer is. Isn't that why we here "I will now read my orders ..."

Maybe I just like a bit of tradition.

Sean Heritage said...

Down in Pensacola we are having the E-5 and below plan their/our (not my) COC ceremony. Though I don't know what they have up their sleeve, I am certain they will both respect meaningful traditions of yesteryear and create new ones. Call it tradition, but blindly following the wake in front of us is rarely fun and frequently results in missed opportunities.  This may not be an instance, but when we hold too tightly onto tradition we do little more than hold ourselves back.  Forward progress often times requires us to break traditions.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. It's all about the fun and tradition is so cumbersome. Be gone.

Anonymous said...

You can dress it in casual mufti if you like, Skipper, but its still YOUR C-O-C.

My kids' Mom said...

Dear Anonymous 28 June,

Thank you for the very sweet comment. It means a lot to not have been totally forgotten. At times like these we are all proud and even if we are not there in person, the girls and I, we are very much there in our heart and thoughts.

Regards from Sweden,

Sean Heritage said...

Anon 0803 - You're right, we hould spend far less time making our profession enjoyable, giving our Shipmates reason to smile, and relishing the journey. Fun is so overrated! I often hear that at retirement ceremonies and as one's life begins to fade.

Anon 0203 - Authentic use of pronouns is important. I tend to enjoy working with team oriented people, and one way to pick us out of a crowd is by our pronoun usage. We default to inclusivity unless personal responsibility is
the topic. If people see our COC ceremony as belonging solely to me, I have failed.

Anonymous said...

Skipper K is not the most pleasant person to be around when things aren't going the way he wants.

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous May 7, 2013 at 7:10 AM

Truer words were never spoken.

Anonymous said...

Justin Kershaw should talk to his sailors one-on-one like they are real people. I know, I personally would respond much better to that approach than to a man sitting down hiding behind the other members of the Triad. He is clearly a brilliant, successful, thoughtful man... Why does he hide behind them when a sailor is in need? They only serve to hurt his position.