Separate but Equal
(See J. K. Hafner, pp. 32-35, January 2008 Proceedings)
Admiral James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy, Commander, U.S. Southern Command-I was pleasantly surprised to see my photo in the provocative article by Commander John Hafner, taken while I was touring the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20). The ship was embarked on a four month voyage through Latin America and the Caribbean, in which she would perform almost 400,000 patient encounters. The visit, in which I saw the superb deck performance of the master and the equally superb below-decks performance of the chief engineer, only served to reinforce my long-held view that we in the U.S. Navy should indeed create separate deck/engineering/weaponeering tracks for our surface officers like virtually every other Navy in the world.