I want a raise. Of course I want a raise. Sadly, I am retired and no one pays me to write this blog. But the natural reaction for many people during any change in business is to expect some kind of pay increase. I mean, I came to work nearly all of last year. The […]Read More I want a raise – Where is my cut?
It has been nearly forty eight years since I learned my first lesson on leadership. In June of 1972, I headed off to boot camp to join the thousands of other young men about to become part of the US Navy. Boot Camp is the testing period where you are physically challenged, mentally strengthened […]Read More Leadership Lessons from a Mop
I swiped this from Wikipedia today and thought it was a pretty cool description of what a “Mustang” is. I was blessed to be one of thirteen Submarine Engineering Technician Chief Warrant Officers selected the year I crossed over. I knew quite a few guys on the list. Most of us had made Chief the […]Read More A bit of a wild streak … the Navy Mustang
Disclaimer: This post has been approved by the Candidate Good morning to all of you who regularly follow the blog. Its October 25th, the World Series is in progress and we are getting ready for winter in Western Pennsylvania. I completed the series on the 41 for Freedom boats last week and decided to focus […]Read More Where is Mister Mac? (Give Bob the Job)
Sometimes the greatest threat is just down the hall from your office. I have to admit that I am Navy through and through. My DNA has a lot of US Navy intermingled with my Scots-Irish-English-Welsh background. The hair on my arms stands up when I hear the Navy Hymn, nearly half of my wardrobe is […]Read More How do you stop a submarine? Sometimes the greatest threat is just down the hall from your office.
The Dawn of the Polaris Age “Those of us here today may not live to write this history, but we must be determined to shape it.” Every once in a while, you find yourself in a historic spot and feel a little like there isn’t enough time to really understand the surroundings. Well, at […]Read More The Dawn of the Polaris Age – Pittsburgh and Bettis in 1960
You can’t talk about the 41 for Freedom boats without talking about one of the most important men in their development: A former destroyer-man named Arleigh Burke A Sailor if there ever was one: Forty two years in the Navy is a long time by any measure. When that forty two years includes service in […]Read More The Destroyer man that helped launch the 41 for Freedom Fleet – 31 Knot Burke
To catch a thief, send a thief Every once in a while, I think about submarine related questions. One of those questions is what is the greatest danger to submarines? I think the question could have many answers based on the circumstances. The sea itself is certainly a big challenge. Even in the calmest conditions, […]Read More How to hunt a submarine – To Catch a Thief, Send a Thief
There has been a long standing difference of opinion on the merits of serving on various types of submarines. Go to any Sub Vets meeting and you will find the purists that wear their DBF pin and scoff at anyone who never served on a diesel boat. For the record, despite serving on five boats, […]Read More Mariano G. Vallejo SSBN 658 – Seagoing Cadillac with a hell of a kick
This is the first post I have done in about a week. Summertime seems to be a tough time to write posts and looking back over the last eight years, July has always been the lowest response month for the blog. As someone who fills in for vacationing preachers in the summer, I am fully […]Read More A Gathering of the Saints