Proceedings Magazine - February 2002 Vol. 128/2/1,188

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He is the only civilian to receive a medal from the U.S. Army for valor during the Vietnam War—a Bronze Star with Combat V for rescuing wounded soldiers under fire in...



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  • Interview: Joe Galloway

    He is the only civilian to receive a medal from the U.S. Army for valor during the Vietnam War—a Bronze Star with Combat V for rescuing wounded soldiers under fire in the Ia Drang Valley in November 1965. A veteran of...

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    Juggling a fast-track Navy career with the demands of a family requires a fine sense of balance—and learning to live with half a loaf.
    I recently read an article in...

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    By Command Master Chief Mark Butler, USN

    On board our carriers in the Arabian Sea fighting the war against terrorism, and in ships throughout the fleet, sailors are doing hard and dangerous work. What keeps these sailors on board the Enterprise (CVN-65) in...

  • Lest We Forget: USS Monssen (DD-798)
    By Eric Wertheim

    Commissioned on 14 February 1944, the USS Monssen (DD-798) was destined for a life of action. She began rehearsals for the Marianas campaign in May 1944 and, arriving off Saipan on 15 June, she began her two-day fire support mission...

  • Warning to Navigators: Geodesy & Datums Are Here
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Such wonders of modern technology as the Global Positioning System (GPS) have improved nautical navigation to an incredible extent, all owing mariners to navigate in real time (where am I?) as opposed to the time-late (where was I?) methods...

  • Choosing the Chairman
    By M. Staser Holcomb

    When Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld returned to the Pentagon for a second tour as Secretary last January, he understood President George W. Bush's imperative to transform defense processes and structures to the realities of the 21st...

  • World Naval Developments: Danes Purchase Larger Ships
    By Norman Friedman

    In October 2001, the Royal Danish Navy finally let contracts for its first two frigate-sized support ships. To the Danish Navy, these ships express in concrete form the change in naval missions and in the naval environment since the end of the...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Are Sub Commanders Scapegoats?"

    (See J. Byron, pp. 90-92, January 2002 Proceedings)

    Commander Philip L. Munck, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)—Captain Byron's observations on the USS ...

  • We Always Must Be Vigilant
    By Boatswain’s Mate Third Class Ericka Robinson, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

    First Honorable Mention, Enlisted Essay Contest

    When we join the armed services, we swear to protect our country from all enemies—foreign and domestic. We know it is possible our country will go to war, and that we might...

  • No More Catch Phrases, Please
    By Chief Cryptologic Technician Interpretive James M. Murphy, U.S. Navy

    Second Honorable Mention, English Essay Contest

  • Midnight in Baghdad
    By Major Fred H. Allison, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    Abdul Al-Shakuras thought it would be a good chance to take a smoke break and get some fresh air. The new guy on the desk seemed to have everything under control. Stepping outside the Iraqi military command and radar center at Al-Taji, Abdul was...

  • U.S. and Indian Navies Close Again
    By Second Lieutenant Scott A. Cuomo, U.S. Marine Corps

    After nearly 50 years of turbulence, U.S.-Indian relations are growing stronger as both nations recognize their overlapping security interests.

  • Centralization: A Prescription for Failure
    By Rear Admiral W.J. Holland Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired) and William P. Holland

    The Soviet system, an ultimate demonstration of centralized decision making, eventually ground to a halt—victim of its own lumbering bureaucracy. The centralization being espoused for the U.S. Department of Defense risks the same fate....

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Naval Reserve Officers: Cheaper by the Dozen?
    By Commander Rod Gross, U.S. Naval Reserve

    The Naval Reserve officer community has a serious flaw. The problem lies in the valuation of our officers tasked with awaiting the call to defend our country.

    As a Naval ROTC commissioned officer who spent nearly six years on active duty,...

  • Faster "Street-to-Fleet" for Naval Aviation
    By Captain Albert J. Gallardo, U.S. Navy, Commander Kenneth Ireland, U.S. Navy, Glenn J. Pittman, and Daniel J. Hampton

    At the beginning of fiscal year 1997, the Navy's Director of Aviation Manpower and Training initiated a study to assess the Navy's aviation manpower program. Dubbed the Health of Naval Aviation (Manpower), it provided aviation leaders the...

  • A Legacy of Bravery
    By Lieutenant (junior grade) Michael Files, U.S. Naval Reserve

    In the past 60 years, the U.S. Navy has honored the memory of ten brave African Americans by christening vessels in their names. The stories of these men, and their namesakes, reveal a remarkable history of bravery and sacrifice.

  • Urban Combat Is Complex
    By Russell W. Glenn

    The likelihood of U.S. forces having to conduct combat in urban areas grows. Understanding critical points and density in urban warfare can mean the difference between success and failure—and between life and death.


  • In Peril in New York
    By Lieutenant James L. Degnan, USNR (Ret.)

    With the entry of the United States into World War II, the SS Normandie, "Pride of France Afloat," was turned over to the Navy Department for conversion to a high-speed troopship and commissioned the USS Lafayette (AP-...

  • Coast Guard Needs Enlisted Intel Specialists
    By Ensign Wallace L Cannon, U.S. Naval Reserve

    It is an exciting time for the U.S. Coast Guard, with new challenges for the men and woman of this heavily committed service. The tragic events of 11 September made it clear that the need for professional intelligence work has never been greater...

  • Make Performance Evaluations Work
    By Commander William Snyder, U.S. Navy

    I propose that the Navy revise the schedule of reporting dates for fitness reports and enlisted evaluations. The cycle should be reversed, so that juniors are reported on prior to seniors. This change would improve the quality of these critical...

  • Are Marines Soft-Pedaling Maneuver Warfare?
    By Major Douglas J. MacIntyre, U.S. Marine Corps

    I want Marine NCOs and officers who know how to think ... and in war who know how to conceptualize an engagement, a battle and a campaign and then execute the concept.

    -General Alfred M. Gray, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), 29th...

  • Stop Rogue Merchant Ships
    By Hamlin A. Caldwell Jr.

    Merchant ships pose a dangerous threat in the hands of terrorists. They are ubiquitous, easy to obtain and operate, and can serve as minelayers, floating bombs, bridge busters, and launching pads for missiles and chemical and biological agents. A...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... What Is the Cost of Geographical Diversity?
    By Lieutenant Chris Garvin, Civil Engineer Corps, U.S. Navy

    In a recent career-planning interview, a senior officer frowned at my plan to spend three consecutive tours in Washington State. It was a bad idea, because the Navy needs "geographical diversity," he explained matter of factly. "...

  • Book Reviews

    U.S. Naval Aviation

    Edited by H. Hill Goodspeed and Rick Burgess. Southport, CT: Hugh Lauter Levin, 2001. 353 pp. Photos. Index. $75.00 ($67.50).

    By Captain Rosario M. Rausa, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)...

  • U.S. Navy: Updating Submarine Rescue
    By Norman Polmar

    The U.S. Navy is in the process of updating its submarine rescue capability with procurement of the Submarine Rescue Diving and Recompression System (SRDRS). Despite its atrocious title, the system gives promise of an effective and highly mobile...

  • The DSRV System
    By Norman Polmar

    Fourteen days after the USS Thresher (SSN-593) was lost on 10 April 1963, Secretary of the Navy Fred Korth established the Deep Submergence Systems Review Group to examine all naval capabilities in the deep-ocean environment, but...

  • Oceans - Seaport Security: The Impossible Dream?
    By Don Walsh

    The United States is the world's largest trading nation. Ships carry 95% of the volume and 75% of the value of our imports. Some 350 seaports dot the 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline, though about 50 move 93% of U.S. trade.

  • Points of Interest: Pay and Benefits Gains Continued in 2001
    By Tom Philpott

    It took Congress until almost Christmas to complete its work on 2002 defense and veterans legislation, but for service personnel it was worth the wait.

    The New Year brought satisfying increases in military pay and housing allowances, as...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A.D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World

    The final unit of a class of 19 degaussing tenders ordered for the Soviet Navy, the SR-253 was left incomplete at Poland's Northern Shipyard, Gdansk, after the collapse of the U.S.S.R. As part of its contribution to NATO, new member Poland...

  • Notebook
  • Space-Based Weapons Are Wrong
    By Sean J. Coleman

    Current discussions advocating placement of antiballistic missiles and other types of weapons in space are ill advised because they will leave U.S. forces and their evolving methods of command and control highly vulnerable in the future. The...

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