Military Monday: Giving Thanks

As Americans, we have countless reasons to be thankful during Thanksgiving celebrations.  Most of us will spend the holiday weekend enjoying time with friends and families, watching parades with elaborately decorated floats and cheering for our favorite football teams, but not all Americans are able to take part in the festivities. Some of these fathers, …

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Military Monday: The Battle of Midway – A Turning Point Anchored by Sea Control

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, which is believed by many to be the turning point of World War II. The battle was a moment in time when the only thing standing between tyranny and freedom was the United States military. This is a time to commemorate the battle in …

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Military Monday: Support Units of the Amphibious Force

During the island-hopping campaigns of World War II, military leaders recognized a need for a single organization dedicated to the support of amphibious operations. A decision was made to consolidate amphibious assault assets under one parent command, thus forming Naval Beach Group ONE in July 1948. Since the beginning, NBG-1 and its component commands have participated in …

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Military Monday: Surface Navy Remembers Capt. Thomas J. Hudner Jr.

Nov. 13, 2017 bore witness to the passing of one of America’s true and great heroes. At 93 years of age, retired U.S. Navy Capt. Thomas Hudner’s passing leaves behind a legacy of heroism, service with honor, brotherhood, equality, and dedication to his country. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1946, Hudner became a pilot during …

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Military Monday: SSOP: The Bedrock of Surface Force Operations

As a mission increases in complexity, risk grows exponentially. It is nearly impossible for any one individual to solely identify, evaluate and mitigate all the risks in complex or unknown situations. Going to sea is a dangerous and complex evolution. When you add in complex and sophisticated missions, weapons and operations, it adds an entirely …

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Wisdom Wednesday: Racism, Mass Media and Social Control: A Sociological Perspective on Police Shootings

This is the first in a new series of recurring “Wisdom Wednesday” posts where I share my ongoing education in the field of psychology, as well as my experience using that knowledge in my everyday life and the perspective I gain from it. A full archive of these "where's your head at" posts can be …

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Military Monday: Surface Force Assists After Hurricanes

In the midst of what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has labeled as ‘one of the most potentially active hurricane seasons since 2010’, the U.S. Navy Surface Force has mobilized multiple vessels and thousands of Sailors and Marines to support humanitarian and disaster relief (HaDR) operations. According to the National Weather Service, a hurricane is …

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Military Monday: Ships of the Surface Fleet: Amphibious Transport Dock Ship (LPD)

This is the first post in an ongoing series of "Military Monday" posts where I share work that was published during my 12-year naval career, as well as reflection and experiences not previously published. A full archive of these Navy-centric posts can be found on the Military Story Time section of this site. As always,  If you like …

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Destroyers: “Tin Can” Legacy Forged of Lethal Steel

Destroyers, a.k.a., “Tin Cans”-the legendary Greyhounds of the Sea, have patrolled the world’s oceans with domineering force since 1902. Over the last 116 years, these U.S. Navy warships have made their name as the most unique and capable surface combatants. Last year saw the addition of two of the most lethal and advanced destroyers to ever cut …

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