(See W. J. Toti, pp. 16-20, December 2008 Proceedings)
Chief Yeoman Bernard Michael Burawski, U.S. Navy (Retired)—Captain Toti's article is an indictment of the way senior leadership in the Navy treats those who speak out if they do not conform to the established party line. Fortunately, not all our leaders think this way. One of these was the late Vice Admiral Arthur Cebrowski. I had the pleasure of serving under him when he was Captain Cebrowski of the USS Midway (CV-41). Our leaders should emulate him and welcome the dissenting opinion and critical thought which ultimately opens the door to an improved organization. Sadly, the stifling of any ideas that might put a situation in a bad light is not confined to just the Navy; the rest of the military services operate under the same mindset. My hope is that this culture of condoning such actions will change, otherwise more of the problems that the services are currently experiencing will continue well into the 21st century.