Second Honorable Mention, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest
Officers and sailors throughout the fleet have the impression that their senior leadership no longer has the best interests of sailors, the Navy, and the nation at heart. To regain their trust, senior leaders must demonstrate symbolically and substantially that they remain at heart deckplate leaders.
Leadership is either out of touch or uninformed, or just does not care enough to address the plight of our people in meaningful ways."
These words are not the complaints of a "disgruntled sailor" or the accusations of a "misinformed" critic. They are comments contained in a recent report by the Navy Inspector General on the status of readiness in naval aviation. But more than that, these words represent a growing sentiment shared by officers and sailors throughout the fleet: that the senior leadership of the Navy no longer has the best interests of our sailors, the service, and the nation at heart.