In early August, during the first hour of my first day back in the office after a week's vacation, our communications director, Chas Henry, burst into my office in a state of visible excitement. "How would you like to spend a few days on an aircraft carrier?" he asked. "When do we leave?" I replied. After remembering to tell my understanding wife we'd have to give our planned weekend company a wave-off, Chas and I left for Norfolk, Virginia, and then a flight out to the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75).