Thursday, February 28, 2013

An object of special pride

 
"From our earliest national beginnings the Navy has always been, and deserved to be, an object of special pride to the American people. ... It is well for us to have in mind that under a program of lessening naval armaments there is a greater reason for maintaining the highest efficiency, fitness and morale in this branch of the national defensive service. I know how earnest the Navy personnel are (in their devotion) to this idea and want you to be assured of my hearty concurrence." 

President Warren G. Harding, 1922

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What are you building?


“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

What are you building within your command?  How do you inspire your Sailors?  What gives you your own motivation?  What do your Sailors long for?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Captain Jim Brokaw, CO NIOC Georgia

Check out the "old Salt's" advice over at Navy Times HERE !

And, one Jim Brokaw is not enough for our great Navy.  We have two.  
His son is also serving in the Information Warfare/Cryptologic Community.

Advice from Steve Jobs



Today, I salute all of my Shipmates who work tirelessly every day to make a difference in the lives of their Sailors. Maybe we can't change everything but can't we change just one thing?  That one thing may lead to another and then another.  So, perhaps we can change everything.  Keep working on your 'dent' in the universe - even if that universe is just your division at your command.

More fun stuff from Hugh MacLeod HERE.

Monday, February 25, 2013

More validation of the value of letters ...particularly this one

From Amazon.com... At the high point of a soaring career in the US Army, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Weber was tapped by General David Petraeus to serve in a high profile job within the Afghan Parliament as a military advisor. Within weeks, a routine physical revealed Stage IV intestinal cancer in the thirty-eight-year-old father of three. Over the next two years he would fight a desperate battle he wasn't trained for, with his wife and boys as his reluctant but willing fighting force. 

When Mark realized that he was not going to survive this final tour of combat, he began to write a letter to his boys, so that as they grew up without him, they would know what his life-and-death story had taught him about courage and fear, challenge and comfort, words and actions, pride and humility, seriousness and humor, and a never-ending search for new ideas and inspiration. 

This book is that letter. And it's not just for his sons. It's for everyone who could use the last best advice a dying hero has to offer. 

Mark's letter and his stories illustrate that the greatest value of a life is to spend it for something that lives after it. That in the end you become what you are through the causes to which you attach yourself -- and that you've made your own along the way. Through his example, he teaches how to live an ordinary life in an extraordinary way.

How are you doing on the letter to your son/daughter/family?  It doesn't write itself.

Thanks to my Shipmate, Lieutenant Commander Chris Nelson, who tipped me off to this book on his brand new blog  http://betweentheboards.blogspot.com/


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Think Different - Act Different - Be Different

"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.

The Sailors, Chiefs, officers and civilians who are crazy enough to think they can change the Navy are the ones who will.

OPNAV N2/N6 is still accepting "White Papers" and welcomes your input. You know where to send them. The Commander is waiting. Your responsiveness has been outstanding and more than 100 White Papers have been submitted. Keep them coming.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Better than ...

"A letter is always better than a phone call. People write things in letters they would never say in person. They permit themselves to write down feelings and observations using emotional syntax far more intimate and powerful than speech will allow."

Alice Steinbach
Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist

Friday, February 22, 2013

38 years from female naval aviator # 1 to female CAG # 1

LTjg Barbara Allen received the wings of gold of a naval aviator on 22 February 1974. She became the first female naval aviator in history.

Allen and seven other women reported for flight training on March 2, 1973 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. She was the first of her class to win her Gold Wings and was designated the first female Naval Aviator in history in ceremonies at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, on February 22, 1974. She was assigned to fly C-1s in Alameda, California with a transport squadron and became the first jet qualified woman in the U. S. Navy flying the T-39.

Lt. Cmdr. Barbara Allen Rainey, the mother of two daughters, the Navy's first female aviator was tragically the victim of a training crash in 1982. Her student was also killed.

 "Clutch" Commander Carrier Air Wing THREE
Captain Sara “Clutch” Joyner, a native of Maryland, received her commission in 1989 graduating with merit from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography. After graduation, she attended flight school and earned her Naval Aviator wings in July 1991 from VT-24 in Beeville, Texas. After completing flight training, Captain Joyner reported to VC-5, the “Checkertails,” in Cubi Point, Philippines to fly the A-4E Skyhawk. In May of 1992, due to the imminent closure of Cubi Point, she was assigned to VC-8, the “Redtails,” in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.
Captain Joyner reported to COMSTRKFIGHTWINGPAC in Lemoore, California in November of 1994 as Assistant Operations Officer. She subsequently received a transition to the F/A-18 Hornet and reported to VFA-125, the “Rough Raiders,” for training in October of 1996.
Upon completion of her training as a Hornet Pilot, she reported to VFA-147, the “Argonauts,” in May of 1997. Remaining with VFA-147 for both her Junior Officer and Department Head tours, she completed two Western Pacific Cruises to the Arabian Gulf aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in September of 1997 and USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in September of 1999 in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. In November of 2001, she again deployed with VFA-147 aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During her tour at VFA-147, she served in many capacities, including the Department Head in Maintenance, Operations, and Safety.
In January 2002, she reported to United States Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia where she served in the Current Operations Branch as Force Deployment Officer for the NORTHCOM, EUCOM, and CENTCOM Areas of Responsibility in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. She reported to VFA-105 in November of 2006 as Executive Officer. 
In March 2007, Captain Joyner assumed command of VFA-105. On 2 November 2007, she led the Gunslingers on their combat cruise to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Under her leadership the squadron performed nearly 2,000 combat missions totaling over 4,900 flight hours and delivering 35,000 pounds of ordnance in support of coalition ground forces in Iraq. 
Captain Joyner recently completed her tour at OPNAV N88 as the Joint Strike Fighter Requirements officer responsible for bringing the next generation of carrier strike aircraft to the fleet.
Lots of AWESOMENESS in there.  All GO and not too much show.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

My recent self diagnosis

I have an ongoing need for self-improvement.  Baby steps.
I remain a "work in progress".

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

2013 Tidewater Cryptologic Ball Postponed

The annual March IW/Cryptologic Ball in Tidewater sponsored by NIOC Norfolk is being postponed until later this year.  NIOC Norfolk is coordinating with NIOC Maryland and Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group on ideas for a "tandem event".  New date and time are TBD.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

High Effort/High Results Leader

In some great news this weekend, Commander Jennifer Couture was selected to replace Commander Corey Wofford as the Commanding Officer of USS KAUFFMAN (DDG 59) (FFG 59).  She previously served as the Executive Officer of USS PORTER (DDG 78).  She is widely viewed as the antithesis to the former CO of USS COWPENS.

A native of Vineland, New Jersey, CDR Jennifer Couture was commissioned through the NROTC program at The George Washington University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. At sea, CDR Couture served as Electronics Division Officer in USS WASP (LHD 1) and Auxiliaries Officer in USS SAIPAN (LHA 2), where she earned her Surface Warfare Officer qualification. As a Department Head, CDR Couture served in USS ELROD (FFG 55) as Combat Systems Officer, and in USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55) as Operations Officer. She has deployed in support of Operations JOINT ENDEAVOR, ACTIVE ENDEAVOR, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM. While ashore, CDR Couture served as Current Surface Operations Officer for Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Flag Secretary to the Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic; and Contingency Plans Officer, U.S. Joint Forces Command. 

She earned her Master of Arts degree in International Studies at Old Dominion University (2004), and completed her Joint Professional Military Education as a student of the Naval War College (2006) and the Joint Forces Staff College (2010). 

Her personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Fourth Award), and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.

Congratulations Skipper Couture!  All ahead FULL.

Commander Jennifer Couture while Executive Officer of USS PORTER

Monday, February 18, 2013

2 Year Anniversary of the Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group

Two years ago today, Rear Admiral Bill Leigher, Deputy Commander, Fleet Cyber Command/TENTH Fleet presided over the change of command ceremony and renaming/ establishment ceremony for Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group.  Captain Steve Parode proudly assumed command and provided a motivational speech for his new officers, Chiefs, Sailors and civilians.  BZ to all hands. 

Two years have passed very quickly and great progress has been made.  Congratulations to all the cyberwarriors of NCWDG !!

Low Effort/Low Results Leader

I have long been an advocate, proponent, evangelist, and general pain in the butt about Command Excellence.  I would like to write a bit about what I am calling the "Low Effort Leader".  This type of leader is insidious and is antithetical to ever attaining Command Excellence.  Traits of the "Low Effort Leader" include:
  • Persistent tardiness
    • Can't seem to do anything on time
      • FITREPS are late (except his)
      • Awards are late (except his)
      • Meetings start late and end even later
      • Can't seem to arrive at command functions on time
        • persistently keeps DHs/DIVOFFs/Sailors waiting for his 'grand entrance'
  • Persistently inaccessible
    • Officers have to jump through hoops to speak with this leader
    • Keeps people waiting in the staging area outside his office
    • Never able to answer phone calls (Please leave a message at the tone)
    • Don't ever expect an answer to your letter or e-mail from this guy
  • Too brilliant to communicate to "the masses"
    • Never explains anything to the command
  • Persistent 'station keeping' - we're just doing the job
    • Command and Sailors are not moving forward
    • 'Good' is good enough
    • Let's stay in our lane; we don't want to draw any attention to ourselves
    • That's not part of our Mission, Functions and Tasks
 I'll give the "Low Effort Leader" one thing - He sure is persistent.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fifth Navy CO fired


Captain John Fuller, Commodore of Destroyer Squadron TWENTY TWO (DESRON 22) fired Commander Corey Wofford, CO of USS KAUFFMAN on Friday, 15 February for loss of confidence in his ability to command.  As is usual in such cases, the Navy has removed the CO's photo and bio from the ship's webpage.

His removal marks the Navy's fifth CO firing in 2013.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Fourth Navy CO fired

The Navy announced today that Commander, Coastal Riverine Group TWO (CRG@), Captain James Hamblet relieved Captain David Hunter as commanding officer Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron TWELVE (MSRON 12) due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, a result of mismanagement of personnel matters and unprofessional behavior. 

MSRON 12 Command Master Chief, Operations Specialist Master Chief Gregory Krumholz, was also relieved due to substandard performance of his duties as he demonstrated inappropriate and unprofessional behavior as command master chief.

MSRON 12 is a Navy Reserve unit based in Williamsburg, Va., and is currently forward deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. Coastal Riverine Force Sailors conduct port and harbor security, high value asset protection, offensive combat operations and maritime security operations in rivers, harbors and coastal waterways.

Information Warfare Officer Nightmares

From that exceptional cartoonist - Captain Jeff Bacon
Enjoy more of his great work HERE.

Friday, February 15, 2013

John Maxwell on Thinking

Thinking is but one component of Admiral James Stavridis' call to us "To Think, To Read, To Write and To Publish".  By the way, today is Admiral Stavridis's birthday.  In honor of his birthday, I share with you some of author John Maxwell's 'types of thinking'.

1. Big Picture Thinking: the ability to  think beyond yourself and your world in order to process ideas with a holistic perspective.
2. Focused Thinking: the ability to think with clarity on issues by removing distractions and mental clutter from your mind.
3. Creative Thinking: the ability to break out of your "box" of limitations and  explore ideas  and  options  to  experience a breakthrough.
4. Realistic Thinking: the ability to build a solid foundation on facts to think with certainty.
5. Strategic  Thinking: the ability to implement plans that give direction for today and increase your potential for tomorrow.
6. Possibility  Thinking: the ability to unleash your enthusiasm and hope to find solutions for even seemingly impossible situations.
7. Reflective Thinking: the ability to revisit the past in order to gain a true perspective and think with understanding.
8. Questioning Popular  Thinking: the ability to reject the limitations of common thinking and accomplish uncommon results.
9. Shared  Thinking: the ability to include the heads of others to help you think "over  your head" and achieve compounding results.
10. Unselfish  Thinking: the ability to consider others and their journey to think with collaboration.
11. Bottom-Line Thinking: the ability to focus on  results and maximum return to reap the full potential of your thinking.
 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fleet Cyber Command/TENTH Fleet Vision, Guiding Principles and Goals - How does your command measure up in supporting these important efforts?


VADM Rogers calling on you!

VISION: We will conduct full spectrum operations in and through cyberspace to ensure Navy and Joint/Coalition Freedom of Action while denying same to our adversaries. We will achieve this end through Global situational awareness and Command and Control, operational requirements generation, work force development and partnerships with the Intelligence Community (IC), industry, and academia.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES:

  • Operational culture
  • Proactive and adaptive planning and execution
  • Visionary thinking
  • Accountability and integrity
  • Embrace change


Goal 1:  OPERATIONS 
- Conduct full spectrum cyberspace operations in support of Navy,  Joint and National  missions
Goal 2:  FORCE SHAPING
 - Shape  the Navy 's cyber workforce that supports and satisfies Navy, Joint and National  missions
Goal 3:  CAPABILITIES AND REQUIREMENTS   
-  Provide Navy cyberspace capabilities to support Navy, Joint and National missions

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Be completely honest

Try replacing "I was too busy to" with "I just didn't care enough to" and use the more honest statement.  People will appreciate your honesty more than your perpetual state of 'busyness'.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The First Component of Naval Leadership - Personal Example

According to Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, "The first component of Naval leadership is personal example. Your subordinates will reflect your sincerity, enthusiasm, smart appearance, military behavior, technical competence, and coolness and courage under stress. To be an effective leader you must first look and act like one." Perry instinctively understood this principle.

According to an officer who had frequent contact with him: "the commodore was blunt, yet dignified. . . heavy and not graceful. . . held in awe by the junior officers and having little to do with them, seriously courteous to others. . . The ship seemed to have a sense of importance because he was on board."

From LEADERSHIP EMBODIED

Chapter 7, Mathew Calbraith Perry by Dr. Michael J. Crawford

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Third Navy CO fired

The Commanding Officer of USS JACKSONVILLE, Commander Nathan Sukols, was fired due to loss of confidence in his ability to command. His XO,  LCDR Lauren Allen was fired due to loss of confidence in his ability to serve as XO. Both received non-judicial punishment and were reassigned to administrative duties at Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. The firings occurred following an admiral’s mast on Sunday , 10 February in Manama, Bahrain.

USS JACKSONVILLE collided with a civilian vessel.

CDR Sukols is the third CO fired in 2013.

From various press reports.

The CO of USS GUARDIAN, whose ship remains on a reef in the Philippines, is awaiting a Navy decision on his fate.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

CNO Reading List

The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Jonathan Greenert introduced the newest edition of the CNO Professional Reading Program in NAVADMIN 309/12 in conjunction with the Navy’s 237th birthday. 

“Reading, discussing and understanding the ideas found in the CNO-PRP will not only improve our critical thinking skills, but will also help us become better sailors, citizens, and most importantly leaders.” 

The revamped program lists 42 books organized under the three tenets of the CNO’s navigation plan: warfighting first, operate forward, and be ready. Each book was selected to illustrate key points about ways the Navy contributed to national security in the past and how it will operate in the future.

Just curious, have you read any of them?  A recent informal survey of senior leaders suggests that most of them do not believe CNO actually expects the books to be read.   I have to confess, I only own one of the 42.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Lessons from Captain Al Collins - a Shipmate from my Joint Staff days


Be realistic, not reckless.
Bide your time, and time your beefs.
When you need help, reach out.
Command with compassion.
Seize the day, and help others do the same.
Show off when you have to.
Make yourself a learning machine.
Figure out what’s important, and act on it.
Make a contract with your people, and honor it.
Trust the crew to run the ship.
Make sure the whole crew is on board.
Use might to make right.
Let the system work for you.
Greatness goes the extra mile.
Command with caution.

From Capt. Michael Abrashoff's book "Get Your Ship Together"

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Navy Flag Officers help make/record the Navy's history

The personal papers of Navy Flag officers should reflect that "history making" level of contribution. To preserve that history, Navy Flag officers should be encouraged to maintain a collection of their personal papers, as well as duplicate copies of their official papers. Papers that provide the basis for important decisions are especially important. After assuring that the Federal Records Act for preserving office files is observed, Navy Flag officers should be urged to take their personal papers and duplicate official papers to each successive tour. Upon retirement, Navy Flag officers should consider donating their collected works to the Naval History and Heritage Command on the Washington Navy Yard. The command can accept both classified and unclassified material. They can be reached at 202-433-4132.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sailors Are Weapons Systems

The direct support element at NIOC Georgia is a nimble force that supports some of the most hostile areas in the world. "Our Sailors in themselves are weapons systems, and are the very best in their field, true information warriors," said Commander James H. Henderson-Coffey, NIOC Georgia operations officer.

As a nation, our policies demand the capability to operate on or below the world's waterways. In addition, our flexible military force requires highly specialized intelligence personnel to augment the seaborne assets within the Navy's fleet. Both of these capabilities are sustained in part by utilizing specially trained personnel such as those found within direct support elements located at Navy Information Operations Command Georgia.
The whole story is HERE.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Lean out of the boat

I am an unabashed fan of the Information Dominance Corps leadership and here's why.

Much of the Navy's time is spent on Risk Management of all types (i.e., Liberty Risk, Operational Risk Management, Health Risk, Safety Risk, and the list goes on nearly without end.)

As Seth Godin has stated: "The purpose of the modern organization is to make it easy and natural and expected for people to take risks. To lean out of the boat. To be human."

In many Navy commands, the opposite is happening.  Risk is avoided at all costs.  Much time is spent avoiding that "one mistake" that takes you out of the promotion cycle.  Godin calls this "institutionalized cowardice"  Too many Sailors have the opportunity to say "that’s not my job.”  Don't be one of them.

What we are seeing more and more of in the IDC is that senior leadership is providing a platform for bravery instead. It's been awhile since the messenger has been shot.  Even VADM Card has taken the message to the CNO personally for the community.  The IDC is embracing new ideas every day and the best chance you have of getting your idea adopted is to share it.  Put it down on paper and send it up the chain - VFR direct, if you have that much courage.  I check with N2N6 and FCC/C10F staff officers regularly and I can tell you - the messengers are all ALIVE and WELL and so are the thinkers and doers. 

Go ahead, your leadership has made it natural and easy - BE BRAVE - share those ideas.  Lean out of the boat.

Monday, February 4, 2013

You may be a leader, if

your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, 
do more and become more, you are a leader.

John Quincy Adams

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Wisdom of the Irish


Maguire’s Magnanimous Maxims
  1. “Leadership by walking around” is a good thing. Do lots of it. The Sailors love it.
  2. Remember when reviewing reports, messages, etc.,there are many ways to say the same thing.
  3. Don’t do things yourself. If there is a problem with something the DHs, DIVOFFs, XO give you, push it back down. Don’t do it yourself.
  4. Maintain your commanding officer’s detachment. Let your DHs, Chiefs, etc. be passionate in defense or condemnation of their Sailors. The CO needs to be rigorously dispassionate in dealing with an issue to do what’s best for the Command and the Navy.
  5. Be decisive. Sailors respect decisiveness even if the actions are initially viewed as harsh. They then know what to expect.
  6. Don’t take action or make pronouncements/policy decisions before you have all the facts. If you make that mistake, be decisive anyway. Sailors immediately key on oscillation.
  7. In case you didn’t hear it the first time: be dispassionate. Every decision I have seen bite a CO had been made based on anger and emotion.
  8. Depend on the input from Medical and Legal, but remember they are just recommendations.
  9. Always listen to your XO. Make sure your XO knows on a gut level he can disagree with you as strongly as he feels the need to be. Let the XO be the only one to see your doubts and concerns.
  10. Be clear as a bell about the direction you want to go and your standards. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
  11. Let your Sailors/Khaki do their jobs to the best way they know how. And hold them accountable when they don’t meet your standards.
  12. Communications are everything.
  13. Feedback is everything.
  14. Never base decisions on that you may have “gotten away with” in the past or present. Sometimes hypocrisy is a necessary evil.
  15. Be consistent.
  16. No “smiley” or “frowny” faces.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Innovation in our Navy: Intellectual honesty required

“A navy to be successful must be guided not only by men of ability but by men of an intellectual honesty that is proof against personal ambition or any other influences whatsoever.  Which of us will be quoted in the future as example of dangerous conservatism?”
Admiral William Sims
USNI PROCEEDINGS

Read LCDR B.J. Armstrong's blog post at the USNI blog HERE

Friday, February 1, 2013

Admiral James S. McFarland Passed Away Ten Years Ago Today - We Miss You, Sir !

A native of Portland, Oregon, Rear Admiral McFarland graduated from Lewis and Clark College. His Naval career began in 1953 when he enlisted in the Naval Reserve. As a Third Class Petty Officer (YN), he was commissioned in 1957. After Communications School in Newport, Rhode Island, he spent four years in Hawaii working in Signals Security and making training and communications readiness visits to over 200 U.S. Navy ships. Staff duty in Washington, D.C. with Commander Naval Security Group followed from 1961-1963. This was followed by operational assignments at Karamursel, Turkey, and on USS Belmont (AGTR-4) as the Special Operations Officer. 

In 1967, he left the Staff, U.S. Atlantic Fleet for Vietnam, where he served primarily in support of U.S. Marine Corp Forces in support of tactical ground operations. The Armed Forces Staff College was next followed by a tour as Middle East Operations Officer. In 1971, he became the first Office-In-Charge of the Navy's Current Support Group (CSG) in Rota, Spain where the unit earned the Navy Unit Citation for its support of the U.S. SIXTH Fleet during the Yom Kippur War and the 1974 Cyprus crisis. He returned to the Staff, U.S. Atlantic Fleet from 1975 to 1979. His next assignment was as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Misawa, Japan where he assumed command on 5 March 1979.

In 1981, Rear Admiral McFarland assumed duty as Chief, Naval Forces Division, at the National Security Agency (NSA); and in 1983, was assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Cryptology, Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet; Director, Naval Security Group Pacific (DIRNSGPAC). Early in 1985, he was selected for Flag Rank. His last assignment was as Commander, Naval Security Group Command (CNSG) from August 1986 to July 1990. Rear Admiral McFarland was also assigned as the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence (DNI) for the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).

Some of his personal decorations include the Bronze Star with Combat distinguishing device (for his time in Vietnam), Meritorious Service Medals and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

RADM McFarland was married to the former Paula Ann Wiise of Macon, Georgia for twenty-five years. He has six children, Scott, Brett, Suzanne, Jeffrey, Matthew, and Kelly.

A level of confidence I can appreciate


From: Mike Lambert
Sent: A year ago
To: Officer, Junior A.,  LCDR 

Subject: Congratulations on this new opportunity to excel
CONGRATULATIONS on your new assignment.
Let me know how I can help you make this the best assignment you've
ever had !!  Communication with your constituents is key.  I am standing
by to help in any way I can.

All the best to you.

Captain Mike Lambert
---------------- Tear Line ---------------

From: Officer, Junior A LCDR 
To: Mike Lambert
Subject: RE: Congratulations on your new opportunity to excel

Thanks Captain.  No assistance required/desired. 

Best regards,
LCDR Junior A. Officer