Sunday, October 13, 2013

Happy 238th Birthday

I believe completely in studying and learning from history.  Yet we have what most consider a "young" community.  Fortunately, lessons in leadership, mentoring, and following ... lessons in valor, fortitude, and resilience ... lessons in honor, courage, and commitment ... and yes, lessons in organization, intelligence, and technology are found all over our Navy's 238 year history.

Following the lead of speakers at our local Navy Day Ball, would like to share quotes, chosen purposefully, from some of our greatest leaders of the past.  But looking forward, for our Information Dominance Corps, what "seas" are ours to control and what "ships" do we sail, protecting our people and our nation as we have done for 238 years?

To the United States Navy!  Happy birthday, Shipmates!

"The Navy has both a tradition and a future--and we look with pride and confidence in both directions."
Admiral George Anderson, CNO, 1 August 1961.
"I wish to have no Connection with any Ship that does not Sail fast for I intend to go in harm's way."
Captain John Paul Jones, 16 November 1778, in a letter to le Ray de Chaumont.
"A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace."
President Theodore Roosevelt, 2 December 1902, second annual message to Congress.
"For in this modern world, the instruments of warfare are not solely for waging war. Far more importantly, they are the means for controlling peace. Naval officers must therefore understand not only how to fight a war, but how to use the tremendous power which they operate to sustain a world of liberty and justice, without unleashing the powerful instruments of destruction and chaos that they have at their command."
Admiral Arleigh Burke, CNO, 1 August 1961, Change of command address at Annapolis, MD
"Events of October 1962 indicated, as they had all through history, that control of the sea means security. Control of the seas can mean peace. Control of the seas can mean victory. The United States must control the seas if it is to protect your security...."
President John F. Kennedy, 6 June 1963, on board USS Kitty Hawk.
"It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."
President George Washington, 15 November 1781, to Marquis de Lafayette.
"I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: 'I served in the United States Navy.'"
President John F. Kennedy, 1 August 1963, in Bancroft Hall at the U. S. Naval Academy.


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