“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” - John F. Kennedy

USS Detroit (AOE-4) resupplies the guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60). Atlantic Ocean, March 1990. Kodachrome 64.

USS Detroit (AOE-4) resupplies the guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60). Atlantic Ocean, March 1990. Kodachrome 64.

My father served in the Army during World War Two. The Army bestowed a Bronze Star with “V” for Valor for his heroism, and meritoriously advanced him to First Sergeant.

In 1960, President John F. Kennedy’s words, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” made a lifelong impression on me.

Meeting some Navy officers during a trip to San Diego rekindled my interest in serving. As I was looking for a new challenge and still wanted to do something for my country, I applied for a commission.

From 1989 to 1994, I had the privilege of serving my country as a Navy officer.

One of the many lessons the Navy taught me came from our commencement speaker: “Next time you think ‘they’ should do something about whatever, remember - You are now ‘they’.”

Our company officer, Lieutenant Cox, instilled in us the importance of attention to detail, from our uniforms, to the way we carry out our responsibilities. Thank you, Lieutenant - Fair winds and following seas.

It wasn’t just a job, it was an adventure!

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“What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?” - Winston Churchill