Musings, leadership tidbits and quotes posted by a retired Navy Captain (really just a high performing 2nd Class Petty Officer) who hung up his uniform a bit too early. He still wears his Navy service on his sleeve. He needs to get over that. "ADVANCE WARNING - NO ORIGINAL THOUGHT!" A "self-appointed" lead EVANGELIST for the "cryptologic community". Keeping CRYPTOLOGY alive-one day and Sailor at a time. 2015 is 80th Anniversary of the Naval Security Group.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Go after it with a passion
Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Information Warfare is about warfighting
There is now more information out there to be skewed, manipulated and changed. We can now confuse an enemy more than we could before because he increasingly relies upon electronic information. The opportunity for this command (Navy Information Warfare Activity) to make a difference in the outcome of the battle is greater than ever before."
24 October 1995, comments by Admiral Mike Boorda, former Chief of Naval Operations
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Patriotism is devotion to an ideal
— General David M. Shoup, former Commandant of the Marine Corps
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Your job is to lead the way for our Navy
RADM E. H. Deets III, Vice Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command, in his 25 March 2008 letter to Information Warfare Officers
Friday, April 25, 2008
What will you do? What will you do?
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sign of institutional strength and vitality
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
MCPON Campa's response to "Anchor Up, Chiefs - Reset the Mess"
Sent in reaction to my article "Anchor Up, Chiefs - Reset the Mess!"
Monday, April 21, 2008
Arleigh Burke - "NOT READY TO FIGHT"
MCPON Campa explaining that the CPO mess is accountable for the failure of USS STOUT to successfully complete InSurv. I think there will be much discussion about this. The CO/XO/CMC triad will be closely scrutinized in the coming days. There was certainly a breakdown at that level. There's no other way to account for the magnitude of failure - monumental. We failed the Sailors of this ship. We can do better. We have to.
Most of the missiles couldn’t be fired, and neither could any of the big guns. The Aegis radars key to the ships’ fighting abilities didn’t work right.
The flight decks were inoperable.
Most of the lifesaving gear failed inspection.
Corrosion was rampant, and lube oil leaked all over.
The verdict: “unfit for sustained combat operations.”Those results turned up by an inspection by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey — commonly known as an InSurv.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Keeping the promise
As leaders, we must also keep our promise to them. We promise to give them the opportunity to contribute to a cause greater than themselves. We promise to give them the tools to grow and develop. And if they succeed, we promise to give them the chance to lead.
Keeping these promises can be the difference between victory and defeat. Anyone can lead when the going is easy, but it takes strength and character to navigate through rough waters. By keeping these promises, our leaders are rewarded with the satisfaction that comes from making a difference in the lives of their Sailors, in the defense of our nation and in the course of history."
Admiral Vern Clark, former Chief of Naval Operations
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Dependable, honest, steadfast and sincere
"He is dependable and honest, steadfast and sincere, and I'm going to miss him."
Admiral Mike Mullen commenting about Admiral Fox Fallon
"His life’s work, his strength, and his integrity have advanced America’s interests and helped defend our nation and liberty."
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Friday, April 18, 2008
Godly, honest men
"A few honest men are better than numbers. If you choose godly, honest men to be captains of ships, honest Sailors will follow them.
Oliver Cromwell - paraphrased
Thursday, April 17, 2008
The military is a good life
Sir John Winthrop Hackett Jr.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Communications is the fulcrum
MCPON Robert Walker
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
First black Chief Petty Officer
He did not have the benefit of an equal opportunity program. NONE EXISTED AT THE TIME. He created his own opportunities through his own hard work and dedication.
African Americans in the Navy
By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2001 – Blacks have served in the Navy since before there was a republic, but their contributions -- even their numbers -- aren't widely known.
Military records seem to indicate that few African Americans served in the Navy until World War II. DoD historians note that information about early African Americans in the Navy is skimpy because records were not kept by race until shortly before World War I.
"Negroes," as they were called back then, bravely manned gunboats during the Revolutionary War, fought valiantly during the War of 1812, performed heroically during the Civil War, and gallantly distinguished themselves during the Spanish- American War.
Evidence exists of African Americans serving on gunboats in the Continental Navy and in the navies of several states. It seems their patriotic service and heroism were ignored as soon as their services were no longer needed.
For example, "A Negro, Capt. Mark Starlin of the Virginia Navy," commanded the Patriot, but at war's end, despite an outstanding battle record, was re-enslaved by his old master. That account comes from the book "A Pictorial History of the Negro in America."
Many African Americans also fought in the War of 1812, hoping to become free afterward. American victories in the war are primarily naval ones. Naval records indicate about 16 percent of all enlisted sailors would have been black. What they can't show is the number of hopefuls who gained freedom.
When the Civil War broke out in 1861, hundreds of newly freed slaves flocked to Union naval service. By war's end, blacks had served on almost every one of the Union's nearly 700 Navy vessels and six, records said, earned the Medal of Honor for gallantry in combat.
The Navy, however, seems to have overlooked many of its black Sailors. For more than a century, Navy authorities estimated 10,000 blacks had served. Researchers of the Naval Historical Center, Howard University and National Park Service recently discovered new evidence that changes history: The real number is nearly twice as high.
In a ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington on Nov. 17, 2000, Navy officials added more than 8,000 neglected black Sailors -- including more than a dozen women -- to its rolls of honored Civil War veterans. The researchers even proved the actual number of black Medal of Honor recipients was eight.
Naval historical records list three African American heroes during the 1860s. Robert Smalls (1839-1915), a slave-pilot aboard the Confederate steamer Planter of Charleston, S.C., hijacked the ship when the white crew had gone ashore. He and the Planter's slave crew delivered Planter to the Union in 1862. Smalls was lucky, because he was among a few African Americans who were recognized for their wartime exploits. He was appointed pilot of the USS Keokuk and eventually was promoted to captain.
Another African American, John Lawson, received the Medal of Honor for service on the USS Hartford during the Battle of Mobile Bay, Ala., in 1864. Post-war records note the outstanding service and patriotism of Frank Allen, who served on the USS Franklin in European waters in 1868.
Naval records indicate 15 African-American sailors aboard the USS Kearsarge when it engaged the CSS Alabama and sank the Confederate commerce raider off the coast of Cherbourg, France, in June 1864.
After the Civil War, African Americans served in unlimited roles among the Navy's enlisted ranks. However, that's when the custom started that "encouraged" blacks and other men of color to become officers' stewards and cooks.
The first decades of the 20th century brought increasing restrictions on the role of African Americans in society and in the Navy, according to naval historians. The enlisted rates remained open to all men, but African Americans were pushed into servant roles.
The Navy's racial segregation policies limited African Americans' participation in World War I and, after the war, barred black enlistments altogether from 1919 to 1932. The only black Sailors in uniform during that period were the ones aboard in 1919 who were allowed to stay to retire.
Even with its distinct policy of racial segregation, the Navy permitted mixed racial crews. Records show that while African Americans saw limited naval action during World War I, one of them, Edward Donohue Pierson, earned the French Croix de Guerre for valor when he was wounded aboard the USS Mount Vernon when it was torpedoed off the coast of France.
In 1917, John Henry ("Dick") Turpin became the first African American chief petty officer, the Navy's highest enlisted rank at the time. Turpin enlisted in 1896 and survived the sinking of the battleship USS Maine in Havana harbor in February 1898. A chief gunner's mate, he was one of the blacks allowed to stay in 1919 and retired in 1925.
When African Americans were allowed into the Navy again in 1932, it was as stewards and mess attendants.
The Navy began rethinking its policies when the nation entered World War II in December 1941. Navy officials had to deal with a shortage of manpower and well- focused political activities. But thousands of patriotic black men also clamored to join, inspired by the heroics of black sailors like Doris "Dorie" Miller and Leonard Roy Harmon.
One of the first American heroes of the war, Miller had been a mess attendant on the battleship USS West Virginia during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Though he had no gunnery training, Miller took charge of an anti- aircraft machine gun when its crew was disabled. Popular legend has it that he shot down several of the 29 enemy planes claimed that day. Ship's officers also cited him for his part in rescuing sailors who had jumped or been thrown overboard. Miller received the Navy Cross.
Harmon, also a mess attendant, received the Navy Cross posthumously for valor during naval combat off Guadalcanal on Nov. 13, 1942.
The Navy would remain racially segregated in training and in most service units, but enlisted ratings opened to all qualified personnel in 1942.
The first African American officers in naval history were commissioned in 1944. The 12 commissioned officers and one warrant officer became known as the "Golden Thirteen."
President Truman ended formal racial segregation in the armed forces in 1948 by executive order. Opportunities gradually expanded for African Americans in the Navy and in American society from the late 1940s and the 1950s, a time marked by the Korean War and the Cold War.
During that period, Ensign Wesley A. Brown became the first African American graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Ensign Jesse L. Brown became the first African American naval aviator and died in action during the Korean War.
Major changes in the Navy's approach to African Americans came between 1965 to 1972 during the Vietnam War and the civil rights struggle. Samuel L. Gravely Jr. was promoted to rear admiral in July 1971, making him the first African American to reach flag rank. He retired as a vice admiral on Aug. 1, 1980.
Adm. J. Paul Reason became the Navy's first African American four-star admiral on Nov. 15, 1996. He served as commander of the Atlantic Fleet from December 1996 to October 1999 and retired in November 1999.
Rear Adm. Lillian E. Fishburne became the first African American woman Navy flag officer in February 1998. Her most recent assignment was deputy director and fleet liaison, Information Space Warfare Command and Control at the Pentagon. She's scheduled to retire in February 2001.
As of Feb. 1, 2001, there are eight African American male admirals and one woman admiral.
As of Dec. 31, 2000, there were 115 male African American captains and 22 African American female captains. On the enlisted side, there are 268 male master chiefs and 15 female master chiefs.
Up and coming African American naval officers include Vice Adm. Edward Moore Jr., commander of the naval surface forces in the Pacific; Rear Adm. David L. Brewer, deputy chief of naval education and training; and Rear Adm. Larry L. Poe, a defense attache in France.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Everything is not of equal importance
"Leadership is often about just standing back. Standing back and deliberately moving your branches aside so some sunlight get down to the saplings. Giving your subordinates the time and nourishment necessary for growth."
Leadership guru - Rear Admiral Dave R. Oliver Jr. - in "LEAD ON - A Practical Approach to Leadership"
Sunday, April 13, 2008
CO relieves himself for loss of confidence
"Once you start nibbling on the edges, occasionally extend those and start exceeding those limitations then you have to start questioning. I have nothing to be ashamed of. I can hold my head high with pride. I haven't crashed any airplanes, none of my pilots has crashed an airplane, none of my pilots have been hurt."
"The decision, when it came before me - the right stars aligned, you might say, and it was pretty evident to me that I needed to take some action to preclude some type of mishap from occurring."
Statement by Commander Donnie Cochran, the first black Navy Blue Angels pilot and the flight demonstration squadron's first black Commanding Officer upon resigning as CO of the unit in May 1996. Two other black pilots have followed him as Blue Angels pilots in the 12 years since.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Rear Admiral Hyman G. Rickover
Friday, April 11, 2008
Philosophy of command
"One, get a good chief of staff. Two, keep a firm grasp of fundamentals. Three, leave details to the staff. Four, go for morale, which is of almost transcending importance. And next, don't bellyache and don't worry. Show confidence, because if you don't have confidence, certainly your subordinates won't."
Admiral George W. Anderson, former Chief of Naval Operations
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Our commanding officers
Admiral Mike Mullen while serving as Chief of Naval Operations
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Three lanes of thinking
Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Damn good seaman
Monday, April 7, 2008
What can be more important ?
Admiral James Stavridis, Commander, Southern Command
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Making the average man a leader
Admiral Forrest Sherman
Friday, April 4, 2008
Lots to be done
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Superior morale, superior cooperation
Admiral Joseph Mason Reeves
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
A man's judgment
Admiral Raymond Spruance
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Decisive Naval Force
Admiral Raymond Ames Spruance