“My father volunteered in early 1941, before Pearl Harbor, and became an officer in the U.S. Navy. As I was growing up, he taught me the responsibility of command: A leader is ultimately responsible for every aspect of the welfare of people under his or her care. That was a deeply felt obligation in his generation. - Chesley Sullenberger

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

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

My father served in the Army during World War Two, earning a Bronze Star for valor.

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.

I always felt I missed something by not going to Vietnam. After meeting some Navy reserve officers, 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 this, remember - You are now ‘they’.”

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

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“For much of my life, the Navy was the only world I knew. It is still the world I know best and love most.” - John McCain