I am watching the car auctions at Barrett-Jackson and they are doing a charity auction for an Armed Forces charity. Good for them! But, when they talk about the military and what they do, how dangerous it is, how much they sacrifice, they always talk about the Marines or the Army. That's not bad, what they do is tough, dangerous, and important. When they talk about the Navy, it is always the SEALS. And again, I agree they are tough and work in a terribly dangerous professional. My point is, no one know what the rank in file Navy personnel do. No one talks about how dangerous it is to be a "Grape" on the flight deck of a carrier. And no one know how dangerous it is to be a Navy Gunner's Mate, or a Gas Turbine Technician, or a Nuclear Power tech on a submarine, or..., you get the idea. We sacrifice for the country doing dangerous things, away from our families, in terrible places, including submerged for 90 days!
So, hat do we do about that. First, we leas the way honoring what our service members from all branches of the services do! Second, we tell our story, everywhere, every time you get the chance! Tell people your dangerous stories! You have them, flight deck stories, fire at sea stories. foul bore gun mount stories, oil spill stories, climbing the mast in the winter stories. I know they are out there, open you mouth and let your friends and family know what you did or what you are doing. The Navy needs to let the country know how important what we do is. And they need to know now.