“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”


"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

235

Two hundred thirty five years ago today Congress approved the purchase of two vessels, the start of the United States Navy.

I had the honor and privilege of serving fourteen years of my life in the Navy before my life as a cop. Literally traveling around the world, and having the chance to work with everything from regular fleet units to the highest levels of special operations and national assets - professionals every one. Air units, submarines, surface ships, shore duty in the mud & sand and trips to great countries and nice hotels on the government dime. Doing sneaky stuff in different places, sitting boring duty watches, blowing things up, jumping out of helicopters, diving, shooting, - I could go on and on. Two wars, countless days deployed for other bits of fun, training and real world operations, and humanitarian support.

To say the Navy gave me opportunities and knowledge I could never have gotten otherwise is an understatement - I wouldn't trade that time for anything e lse.

Not to mention the fact it let me meet my wife & led to our wonderful family :D

For two hundred thirty five years countless other sailors have answered that same call. The service has done things far beyond the call of duty, from the depths of earth to the depths of space. Even now thousands of men and women serve away from their loved ones in the cause of freedom.

Happy birthday, fair winds and following seas shipmates. Bravo zulu.

2 comments:

Meadowlark said...

Happy Birthday... I will tell you that you the the VERY FIRST Navy person I have EVER MET who celebrates/mentions their birthday. I didn't even know you guys HAD a birthday. (not insulting, though it sounds like it).

Glad to hear you taking pride in your branch and look forward to talking smack about you when the MEN'S Department celebrates their illustrious birth on 10 November. ;)

Seriously. Happy Birthday. :)

Sean said...

Thanks Meadowlark - and don't worry, my section of the sea service is confident enough in our abilities that I don't need to make fun of the second group to come ashore ;)