Thoughts on Commissioning Day: A Day of Great Celebration and Somber Reflection

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS to the USNA Class of 2022 and their families! What a momentous day!! Enjoy and celebrate together - you have earned it! As I watched the streaming of the commissioning ceremony today, it occurred to me that it is every few years that the U.S. President presides over the military academies' …

The Deja Vu of Scrambling and Shotgunning… Why do they matter?

To say that the past two years have been unusually difficult would be an understatement. Our Mids, especially the plebes, have had to work really hard to stay motivated and positive. Thankfully, things are beginning to return to some sense of normalcy. With that said, the Class of 2025 is looking at being scrambled or shuffled. So what is the deal with that and why does it matter? (Continue Reading)

Together We Are Stronger: On Friendship, Courage, and the USNA Journey | Episode 12

I have written quite a bit about the Navy family and life long friendships in some posts, such as Why Navy Moms are BFFs for Life and The Last Real Plebe Summer with Club Eleven; or about overcoming challenges in my posts When the Going gets Tough... and For Mids the Dark Ages Aren't Just …