Saturday, December 31, 2011

10 Reasons I've Enjoyed Posting To This Blog Over The Past Year

In no particular order.

1.  It allowed me to engage with a wonderful author and to write the Chapter 1 opening vignette for a Wall Street Journal/Amazon best-selling business book.  Dr. Stephen Covey and Bono 'open' for me.
2.  It gave me the opportunity to help a Pulitzer prize winning author with research for his story on The SeaWitch in TIME magazine.
3.  It has allowed me to remain connected to the Navy's cryptologic community, which I love.
4.  It earned me an invite to speak at a Women In Defense forum and to contribute ideas to numerous professional publications.
5.  It has allowed others to freely express their frustrations on a variety of topics important to them.
6.  It allowed me to expand the network of Sailors of all paygrades that I mentor and with whom I share lessons learned.
7.  It allowed me to collaborate with the former CNO on avenues to gain recognition of the Navy as a TOP 50 Employer in the United States.
8.  It allowed me to keep alive the memory of some stellar Sailors.
9.  It has allowed me to write everyday, which I love.
10.  It has connected me to some great Navy veterans and many others who proudly serve today.

Friday, December 30, 2011

10 Signs Your Skipper May Not Like You and 10 Signs That He/She Just Isn't That Into You

1.  He has the promotion list with your name on it and he makes you wait outside his office for 40 minutes stewing over it before sharing the good news with you.
2.  She doesn't answer your letters or e-mails.
3.  He won't endorse any of your requests to higher authority.
4.  She insults you in front of family and friends at every opportunity.
5.  He takes all the credit for good deeds and blames failures on you.
6.  She never repays her $$$ debt to you.
7.  He's happy to have you do all of his 'dirty' work and does all the fun stuff himself.
8.  She NEVER respects your time or that of your subordinates.
9.  He never accepts any of your suggestions or recommendations.
10.  She tells you, "You know, I just don't like you."

AND, here is something from Alison Green at US NEWS and WORLD REPORT on 10 signs that your boss just isn’t that into you:

1. You ask for more feedback and don’t get it.
2. He doesn’t introduce you to important contacts.
3. She turns your raise request down without much explanation.
4. He doesn’t trust you to get your work done.
5. You imply you’re looking at other jobs and she doesn’t seem to care.
6. You hear little positive feedback.
7. She never asks for your advice.
8. You have trouble getting his attention.
9. She shows no interest in trying to solve your problems.
10. He tells you (he's not that into you). See my #10 above.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Role of The Crew in Command Excellence

It is the crew, led by the officers and Chiefs, who must ultimately accomplish the command's mission. The crew is where "the keel meets the water." Without a top-performing crew, no command can be successful.

Commanding Officers of superior commands are particularly adept at molding their crew into a highly unified, spirited, fighting team with a laser-like focus: accomplishing the command's mission. When asked, these crews can not only clearly describe the command's philosophy and goals, but they also voice wholehearted support of the CO and his approach. Because the CO, XO, officers, and Chiefs frequently explain what they want done and why, the crew knows what is expected of them and feels a part of the team. The result is enthusiasm, motivation, and pride in the command. These crews often praise their CO with the ultimate accolade: "I'd go to war with him." In average commands, the crew may not be sure of the command's philosophy or may withhold their total support of it.

The crew in superior commands also live up to the high standards demanded by their officers and Chiefs. They know that when they succeed, they will be recognized and rewarded; equally well, they know that when they make mistakes, they will be told and corrective action taken. Their commitment to upholding the command's standards generates a strong sense of responsibility for their individual work areas. They act on the principle that if you're going to do something, then do it right, and do it right the first time.

Crew members of superior commands realize that success depends on a team effort. They don't act or do their jobs in disregard of the rest of the command. They communicate frequently, coordinate activities, and help each other out when necessary. In addition, they are careful about following the chain of command. They know that violating it disrupts teamwork, creates confusion, hurts morale, and hinders leadership.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2012 Cryptologic/IW Leadership Lineup

1. VADM Michael S. Rogers - 1810
Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/TENTH Fleet

2. RADM William Leigher - 1810
Director of Warfare Integration for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2/N6F)

3. RDML Sean Filipowski - 1810
Deputy Director of Operations, U.S. Cyber Command

4. RDML Jan E. Tighe - 1810
Director, Decision Superiority, OPNAV N2N6F4

5. RDML Willie Metts - 1810
Deputy Chief of Tailored Access Operations, National Security Agency

6. Mr. Mark Neighbors - Former 1610
Special Assistant to Vice Admiral Kenneth Card

7. Mr. Jerome Rapin - Former 1610
Director - Cyber, Sensors and Electronic Warfare - OPNAV N2N6F3

Rear Admiral Michael A. Brown will have a retirement ceremony at the United States Naval Academy on 13 January 2012. We thank him for his selfless service to the Navy and the Nation and for his leadership in the cryptologic community.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Give Your Officers A Little More Praise

"Hereafter, if you should observe an occasion to give your officers and friends a little more praise than is their due, and confess more fault than you can justly be charged with, you will only become the sooner for it, a great captain. Criticizing and censuring almost everyone you have to do with will diminish friends, increase enemies, and thereby hurt your affairs."

Benjamin Franklin in a note to Captain John Paul Jones

Monday, December 26, 2011

Sharing Information

Sharing what one knows is intuitive. This is particularly true within the Navy and Marine Corps where teamwork is held in the highest regard. Excellent examples of intuitive knowledge  sharing are Navy Chief Petty Officer messes and Company Non-Commissioned Officer  discussions within the Marine Corps.  

However, the consistent application of knowledge management concepts, techniques, tools, and technologies will improve knowledge identification, sharing, and re-use. In turn, this will help optimize decision-making, improve efficiency and effectiveness of task accomplishment, and empower the Naval warfighter.  

Knowledge management fosters collaboration across organizational boundaries, time and space, and links people who have the requisite tacit and explicit knowledge with those who need it to do their job.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Bad Detailing Assignments

I loved hearing this from a detailer buddy of mine recently :

"There really isn't any such thing as a bad Information Warfare/Cryptology assignment.  There are only different kinds of good assignments."

I'm not going to argue with that.  Sign me up for another tour.

USS NEW YORK (LPD-21) XO fired for fraternization - unduly familiar relationship

The Executive Officer of the amphibious transport dock USS NEW YORK (LPD-21) was fired on 21 December for having an “unduly familiar relationship” with a female member of the crew, the Navy announced Thursday.

Commander John Pethel was relieved by Captain Mark Scovill, commander of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8, and was given a punitive letter of reprimand for fraternization, according to a statement by Naval Surface Force Atlantic.

Commander Pethel has been temporarily reassigned to SURFLANT. Lieutenant Commander Ethan Mitchell has assumed responsibilities as Executive Officer.

Commander Pethel had been Executive Officer since January 2011.  He almost survived a year.  He was relieved as Executive Officer in November while under investigation and was awarded Nonjudicial Punishment in December.

His bio follows:
Commander John Pethel was born in Sumter, SC and joined the  United  States  Navy  upon  graduating  high  school  in Mount Pleasant, SC in 1986. Completed Naval Aircrew School and Aviation Rescue Swimmer school in 1987 with subsequent operational tours in Helantisubron Twelve in Atsugi,  Japan  (USS  MIDWAY  CV-41)  and  Helantisubron Eight in San Diego, California (USS INDEPENDENCE CV-62). Shore duty was served as an instructor at FASOTRAGRUPAC from 1992-1995. In 1995, was selected to attend Officer Candidate School with Division Officer tours in USS TAYLOR (FFG-50), and USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) from 1996-1999. Attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and received a Master’s of Arts for National Security and Affairs in the summer of 2001.  Surface Warfare Department tours were conducted in USS TORTUGA (LSD-46) from 2002-2003 and USS WASP (LHD-1) from 2003-2005, both as the First Lieutenant. Shore duty assignment was as the Deputy Director for a NATO program while attached to the US Joint Forces Command from 2005-2007, with follow-on orders to serve as the Amphibious  Placement Officer in Millington, TN from 2007-2008. Volunteered for an Individual Augment while assigned to Millington and served 8 months in Kandahar, Afghanistan working with the Afghan National Army. Upon completion of the Afghanistan tour, served as the Assistant Personnel Officer on the Staff of Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic until reporting in USS NEW YORK (LPD-21) as the Executive Officer in January 2011.

CDR Pethel has received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Navy Commendation Medal (3), Navy Achievement Medal (3) and various unit awards and decorations.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A thought

"Be ashamed to retire from the Navy until you have won at least one victory for your Sailors."

Paraphrasing Horace Mann

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


"Men will not trust leaders who feel themselves beyond accountability for what they do."

Admiral Kinnaird R. McKee
Director, Navy Nuclear Propulsion (1982-1989)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Inordinately Fortunate

I was inordinately fortunate during my early professional career.  I worked for some truly awful leaders.

Thus during the subsequent free time that life sometimes provides, I always had a full wagonload of professional grist waiting to grind.  The important questions were always the same.  Why had my bosses acted without apparent thought?  Why didn't my supervisors understand the effects their actions had on people?

Why had our team always done everything the hard way?

I had spend hours on these questions.

For the answers to these and other penetrating leadership questions, read Rear Admiral Dave Oliver, Jr.'s book, LEAD ON! A Practical Approach to Leadership  

You can get a preview HERE.

My signed copy is available for loan.  Shoot me an e-mail.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Standing of The Whole Is Essential

Character  and  standards  of  personal conduct  remain  of  highest  importance, as has always been true of military leaders. The effective naval officer of the present and future, like his brother of the past, must regard his commission as a career, not a mere job. He dedicates himself to the high ideals of military leadership.  Some who receive commissions, all being  human, will  prove  unequal to these standards (e.g. the 22 COs fired in 2011). There  have been a  few  unfortunate  events of  recent years, well  known  to most people, which  have weakened  the standing  of the  Armed  Forces in  the eyes of many people. To whatever extent this feeling persists, to that degree the security of the nation has been compromised. People will not entrust willingly their sons or husbands to military leadership, even in time of emergency or  war, unless  they have abundant faith in the character as well as the professional competence of the great mass of military leaders. The presence of a  few  names of  national  prominence  will not  alone  suffice. Ensigns  and  lieutenants  are  important,  as  captains  and  admirals  are  important.  The standing of the whole is essential. Enlisted  men  will not  willingly and  effectively train  or  fight if  they have doubts  where there should  be confidence.

From: The Naval Officer's Manual

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The reality of an organization is in the hearts and minds of men

"Charts, lines of command, and directives do not create organizations by themselves.  They are a pattern, but the reality must be in the hearts as well as in the minds of men."

The Honorable James Forrestal
Former Secretary of Defense

Friday, December 16, 2011

Developing A 5000 Year Old Mind

Jay Luvaas, the great American and Civil War historian, once said, "There is no excuse among professional officers for not having a 5000 year old mind." What he meant was across the sweep of recorded time, the literature of war lays at our feet nearly the sum total of man's warfare experience. In these works, there are lessons to be found that provide guideposts for virtually every challenge or dilemma we may encounter on the modern battlefield; new technologies notwithstanding.

General John R. Allen
United States Marine Corps

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Myth of the DADT Forced Lie

Retired Admiral Mike Mullen said repeal of DADT was a matter of INTEGRITY for him.  He said DADT forced service men and women to lie every day about who they were.  Just for the record, I know three gay Captains with more than 82 years of Naval service between them. So far as I know, they never lied once about who they were  (certainly not to me).  And, they don't lie today.  All served honorably; all retired honorably - as many gay Sailors in every paygrade have.  No one forces anyone to lie.  Lying is a choice; one's sexual preference may not be and I appreciate that. For those who believe they were FORCED to live a lie - the truth may not have been as damaging as you believed.  In any case, lying or not - thank you for your service.

David Ignatius says, "Mullen knows that his greatest legacy will be a cultural and legal issue — ending discrimination against gays in the military by dismantling the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. He did it for reasons of conscience and never looked back. It was a moment of leadership, pure and simple." 

BTW, Admiral Mike Mullen didn't dismantle DADT.  He simply added his important voice to endorsing the President's position for repeal of DADT just as previous Chairmen had added their important voices in support of their President endorsing DADT.  Rarely do we hear a JCS Chairman publicly voice opposition to the President's position.  That would take incredible courage.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sexist ? - You decide

14 December 2011

Hello Mike
Thank you for your past participation in the NavyWomen eMentor program.  Since that program sunsetted, and our AcademyWomen eMentor is restricted to women only, I'm sorry to inform you we had to delete your profile from the program.  However, we are currently talking with several organizations regarding launching new eMentor programs that might apply to you, so please periodically check back to our site ( for announcements of new programs.  
Warm regards,

From where I sit, I am deeply saddened by this.  I have faithfully carried out my responsibilities and have mentored a number of Navy men and women, young and old, every color of the spectrum and most ethnicities to greater levels of success (From E-1 to O-7).  I never concerned myself with anything other than their desire to be helped and my willingness to help.  Now I am told that I am the wrong sex to help.  I don't do DIVERSITY THURSDAYS but this would be a good subject to discuss.  I think I may have been discriminated against.  You can always catch Diversity Thursdays over HERE.  Check in tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mastering the Electromagnetic Domain

Electronic warfare (EW) and cyber operations are increasingly essential to defeating the sensors and command and control (C2) that underpin an opponent’s A2/AD capabilities. If the adversary is blinded or unable to communicate, he cannot aim long-range ballistic and cruise missiles or cue submarines and aircraft. Today, Navy forces focus on deconflicting operations in the electromagnetic spectrum or cyber domains. By 2025, the Fleet will fully operationalize those domains, more seamlessly managing sensors, attacks, defense, and communications, and treating EW and cyber environments as “maneuver spaces” on par with surface, undersea, or air.

From the CNO's Navy 2025: Forward Warfighters (click on the title to read the CNO's article in PROCEEDINGS Magazine

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Day We Cryptologists Cried

Our Shipmate Howie Ehret passed away over the weekend at age 70 - way too young and far too busy to die, but the good Lord took him anyway.

For 30 years, Howie Ehret served as an officer in the Navy, a life of constant movement that took him all over the world on ships and submarines. Rarely, he said, did he live anywhere more than a few years. So when he retired in 1992, he was determined to sink the community roots he never could as a globe-crossing naval officer.
“I spent 30 years defending the American way of life,” he said. “Now I want to participate in it.”

 In 1992, he retired from the Navy and went to work in Sonoma County, California and for 20 years he extended his Navy leadership skills into the civilian community where he made an incredible difference.

"Show me someone who has a bad word to say about Howie and I'll show you a liar," says his friend, Rusty Smith.

Excerpts from the Sonoma County Press Democrat

22nd Navy Commanding Officer Fired - Call on the Field is "under review"

Commander Jonathan Lee Jackson, commanding officer of VAQ-134 (based in Whidbey Island and embarked in USS CARL VINSON), was fired on 8 December for (1) conduct unbecoming an officer and (2) violation of the Navy’s sexual harassment policy.  Commander Jackson was accused of creating and supporting a hostile work environment in his EA-6B squadron.

According to the Navy's Naval Air Forces Command spokesperson, Commander Jackson had a pattern of making inappropriate and derogatory remarks toward subordinates.

He is the 22nd Navy commanding officer to be fired in 2011.

BEFORE YOU MAKE UP YOUR MIND ABOUT THIS, YOU MUST READ THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY HERE. His subordinates, peers and superiors ALL disagree with the Navy IG's findings

Fortunately, the Commander, Air Wing SEVENTEEN, Captain Stephen McInerney, has tossed the challenge flag on the field of play. We are awaiting a 'booth' review of this call by Commander, THIRD Fleet. 


Common Data Set Initiative


I must admit that in the interest of full transparency, I have not been using the standards established by "The Common Data Set Initiative" when counting readers of my blog.  I should be calling you "click throughs" vice "readers".  I have no idea if you are actually reading the blog.

USNA Professor Fleming is onto the Academy for the same mistake.  Apparently the USNA is triple counting its applicants for admissions.  You can read the story at Navy Times.  It reflects a mildly deceptive practice.  We Navy guys learn to inflate statistics (among other things) at an early age.  I don't think there is a foul involved, just a different method of counting.  Most of us are accustomed to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... Seemingly, the admissions office counts instead by the 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 ... method. It's fine once you figure out the counting method.

Regardless of how the counting is done, lots of great young men and women are seeking admission to the Academy.  It's not necessary to artificially inflate those numbers.  I am just now learning that I was counted among those who applied to the Academy in 1974. I did ask for an application but never completed it.  Apparently, that brief interest of mine was sufficient to count as having applied.  I am glad to contribute to inflating the numbers for admission to the class of 1978 - one of the best classes ever!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

No other truth

“I see man’s mind cannot be satisfied unless it be illumined by that truth beyond which there exists no other truth.” 

Dante - Paradiso IV.124-126.

That is what motivates me.  The search for the truth of the truth - truth absolutely.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ancient History Drudged Up Yet Again - "Repurposed" for today

Following the Chief of Naval Operations' lead in repurposing  previous work, I am  repurposing  this letter I sent to RADM Singer in 2005.

10 February 2005


As I read more and more about "deep change", I believe that the detailing process is one of those areas where the community can make a radical change in the way our officer human capital is assigned. This is not in any way meant to impugn any of our current or past detailers.

I believe each of our assignments could have specific skill sets assigned to them which allow those involved in the detailing process to make more informed decisions about which officer is detailed to which job. (This process would allow us to match existing skills to requirements as well as put an individual in a job where they could demonstrate growth of additional skills). One might argue that we have been doing this but we really haven't. Using myself as an example, I was told that I was the "perfect" fit for Captain Arbogast's job in OSD transformation and the perfect fit for the Joint Staff J6K Information Assurance job. The only real qualifications I had for either of these jobs was that I met the prerequisite prior sea duty and post-command requirements - without any expressed attendant skills gained in those jobs. The defining factor was my PRD. I was not a good fit for either job. (Some might argue I'm not a good fit for any O-6 job.)

In the past we have assigned officers to jobs largely based on PRD, previous assignments and desires of the individual. If we were to identify the specific skills of each assignment objectively, I believe we would be better able to match individuals to jobs.

I've been told by several of our officers that the detailer has told them that they can't go to a senior sea duty job because they don't have experience in a junior sea duty job. I was told this myself in 1995 before going to C7F as the CRC/Assistant Fleet Cryptologist (I was a flyer and not suited for sea duty). This is plain wrong. In fact, with consideration given to "deep change", officers with prior sea duty may be exactly the wrong individual to send to sea in the senior sea duty jobs. There are some excellent officers with limited (or no) sea duty who possess exactly the skills we want (I believe) in those officers you will send to sea in the senior sea duty assignments (integrity and real understanding of our cryptologic capabilities and the limitations of IO). Prior PCS afloat and Direct Support (DIRSUP) officers don't necessarily develop the skills we need for the officers assigned afloat in the future. We need new thinking in this area.

As you look at areas to consider for "deep change", I think detailing should be near the top of the list as this is key to our Human Capital Strategy (HCS).

Captain Mike Lambert, USN
Staff Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Detainee Task Force
3A750 703-697-0967

Friday, December 9, 2011

Just Promoted Last Week !! Congratulations RADM Leigher!!

Navy Flag Officer Biography

Rear Admiral William E. Leigher

Director of Warfare Integration for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2/N6F)

Rear Admiral William E. Leigher
Rear Adm. Leigher, a native of Appleton, Maine, was commissioned as an ensign at Officer Candidate School, Newport, R.I. in 1981.  He graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and attended the Naval War College, graduating in 1994 with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

His initial assignment was aboard USS Thorn (DD 988) as a communications officer. In 1984, he reported to the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, R.I., as the fleet communications instructor. In 1987, he was selected for lateral transfer and subsequently designated a naval cryptologic officer. Later in 1987, Leigher was assigned to U.S. Naval Security Group Activity Hanza, Okinawa, Japan, as a division officer responsible for fleet and national signals intelligence operations. In 1990, he was assigned as the staff cryptologist for Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group Two in Charleston, S.C. During this tour, he completed two deployments embarked in USS America (CV 66), which included combat action during Operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Southern Watch. In 1992, he was assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence Detachment, Newport, R.I., as a war-gaming specialist.

In 1995, Leigher was assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Europe in London, England, as the cryptologic operations officer. In 1998, he reported to commander, Naval Security Group Command, Fort Meade, Md., for assignment as deputy director for Information Technology and Communications, and was subsequently assigned to the Pentagon as the executive assistant to the deputy director for Cryptology. In 2002, he reported to the National Security Agency, serving as a Senior Operations Officer in the National Security Operations Center. In July 2004, he reported as the deputy director for Information Operations at Naval Network Warfare Command and subsequently served as the commanding officer Naval Information Operations Command, Norfolk, Va.

Upon his promotion to flag officer in June 2008, he was appointed as the director of Information Operations on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. In December 2009, he was assigned as deputy commander for U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet. In July 2011, Leigher returned to staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in his current position as, Director of Warfare Integration for Information Dominance, and was promoted in December 2011.

Leigher wears the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (three awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and campaign medals.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Words of Wisdom from our Shipmate Commander Fred W. Kacher, former CO USS STOCKDALE

"Ethics is not a sometime thing. It is the small everyday decisions that, if handled badly, can erode your moral landscape.”

Commander Fred W. Kacher offers three tips that he has tried to follow in his career: do not ignore the little voice in your head, do your best in all things at all times, and be ready to do the right thing every day, because “you don’t get to choose when you’ll be tested.”

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale - One of the five characteristics of a leader

Must Be a Moralist

First, in order to lead under duress, one must be a moralist. By that, I don’t mean being a poseur, one who sententiously exhorts his comrades to be good. I mean he must be a thinker. He must have the wisdom, the courage, indeed the audacity to make clear just what, under the circumstances, the good is. This requires a clear perception of right and wrong and the integrity to stand behind one’s assessment. The surest way for a leader to wind up in the ash can of history is to have a reputation for indirectness or deceit. A disciplined life will encourage commitment to a personal code of conduct.

My article about the VADM James Bond Stockdale Inspirational Leadership Award winners is HERE.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

All Flag Officer Challenge

An unnamed junior officer suggested the following challenge to the new Chief of Naval Operations:

"Captain, if I could ask the CNO to do one very visible demonstration of his leadership, I would ask that he challenge all of his Flag officers to report their no B.S. semi-annual Navy Physical Readiness Test (PRT) scores and body fat percentages for their staffs to see.  We have seen a renewal of the culture of fitness in our own command with our CO/XO/CMC weighing in and testing with us.  It's very motivating and gives great visibility for our Command Fitness Leader (CFL) and our Command Fitness Team (CFT)."  "We kick ass on the Navy PRT !!"


Monday, December 5, 2011

Say Thanks Before It Is Too Late

Norman B. Macintosh - "N.B."
Recently, while facing a perplexing budget issue, I was telling a colleague of mine about a great professor who I was fortunate to have at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.  He taught an excellent course called the 'Social Software of Financial Accounting'.  He was either a singularly impressive professor or I am suffering from an increasingly poor memory because I can't recall another professor's name from that time.  Norman B. "NB" Macintosh was on loan to us from Queen's University in Canada where he was Professor Emeritus.  Dr. Macintosh received both research and teaching awards from the Canadian Academic Accounting Association during his career ("distinguished contribution to thought" and "outstanding educator," respectively).

The conversation with my colleague brought to mind the fact that I had allowed my correspondence with "NB" (nota bene ~ meaning to 'note well') to lapse.  I was determined to renew my correspondence with him and send him a note of thanks for the lasting impression he made on my education and my thinking.  I searched for his address in the international 411 directory and also found him in the Queen's University faculty directory.  I wrote my letter and searched for additional details about what he had been up to since NPS.  To my great dismay, I came across an "In Memoriam Tribute" to him on the Queen's School of Business website from 19 May 2011.  My heart sank.  I was too late.

The lesson for me (and perhaps for you) is not to wait too long to say thanks to those who have helped expand our minds and who have demanded more of us than we thought ourselves capable.

Thank you professor N.B.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Findings of fact from the USS PONCE Hotline Complaint Investigation

The news media requested (via FOIA) the reports of investigation behind the firing of Commander Etta Jones, Commanding Officer of USS PONCE.  There are plenty of 'lessons learned' in the report and its endorsement by the ISIC and in the legal review.

This activity sounded inappropriate to me.

While the ship was in port Bahrain, RDML Klein (Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Five) requested an "all girls" photo and invited all of the female officers to dinner at her home.
(Encl 8, 15, 17, 18, 39)

The male officers were not invited to the dinner at RDML Klein's residence and several felt this to be a distinct professional disadvantage. (Encl 15, 18)

I doubt that RDML Meg Klein intended for this dinner to look the way it looks.  The Navy actively encourages Flag officer mentoring for various affinity groups and this probably falls into that category.

You can find the reports HERE and HERE.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Your closest companion

So, Soldiers, Airman, Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen – “…when you have shut your doors and darkened your room, you will find yourself in the company of the closest companion, the most reliable ally, and the warmest friend you will ever know: your own conscience.”

Senator Bob Kerrey

Friday, December 2, 2011

See it through

"Few things are more vital to an organization than young officers and leaders who have the moral courage to help shape the direction in which the organization is headed, and then the strength of character to see it through."

Admiral James Stavridis
Mentor & Friend