I decided to do something different this year on Veteran's Day. I asked some people command if they would join me - a little dissapointed in the response, but I am going forward with my idea anyway.
I just wanted to personally thank you for your service; for going before me and paving the way. Every time I put on my uniform, I think of the sacrifice and honor and duty performed of all of you in the retired mess, and all of those with the fouled anchors that made the ultimate sacrafice. It makes me proud that I have the honor to carry on the tradition, and keep alive the history of the world's greatest Navy.
Thank you again for your service, and have an outstanding Veteran's Day.
It was a pleasure to read your email this morning. I join you in saluting all who have sacrificed - especially those who gave the ultimate.
I don't believe we have met (although I could be mistaken), however I also deeply and sincerely remember the feeling (daily) each and every time I pinned my anchors onto my collar to start the work day. The joy to have been selected to the ranks of Chief Petty Officer coupled with the good things I was able to do (due to the rank), was, and is an indescribable feeling. I'm fortunate to still be working for the Navy as a civilian so it is as if I never left.
The key to my success was ALWAYS those I worked with. Between the fantastic comraderie in the Mess to those who worked for me - they all contributed to our common goal of keeping the nation strong.
I envy you for the fact that you still wear the uniform. Continue to do what is important - take care of the Sailors!
Again, thanks for the email...and I join you in thanking every American who has had the integrity, courage, and values to serve proudly.