Essential Thoughts for Mission Essential Professionals

Whispers of War

A Sailor Brings His Ship Home   Some of the images used are from social media over a period of more than seventeen years. If one of these is yours, … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

A Father, A Son, My Brothers

May 12, 1967 The Republic of Vietnam – PFC Cloyde Pinson Jr., USMC, lost his life when his patrol was overrun by North Vietnamese forces while on night patrol. His … Continue reading

September 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

From This Place

I penned this the week of April 22, 2013 when news broke about what some percieved as turmoil at the United States Merchant Marine Academy invloving the eviction of the … Continue reading

April 26, 2013 · 1 Comment


Flight 107 baaa-acro.com   On the morning of Saturday, May 30, 1970, an oddly plaintive, rumbling sound loudly travelling northeast to southwest, forged a path over my head. The sky … Continue reading

April 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Button

The design of the button used on United States Navy uniforms is comprised of an American bald eagle, its wings spread and talons clutching a Luce-type anchor. It is gold … Continue reading

March 30, 2013 · 3 Comments

Faces in the Sand

The photograph above shows a young airman I know well and greatly admire. Weeks before it was taken, Douglas, who I have known his entire life, had suffered a career … Continue reading

March 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Boy Named Jacklyn

Jacklyn Harris was born in North Carolina on February 14, 1928. Jack, as he was known, was a rambunctious child whose dad, a tobacco farmer, passed away when he was … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · Leave a comment