After our commissioning, my junior-officer peers deployed all over the world. My chance to join them was delayed because I was given the opportunity to attend Oxford University.
Thesis supervisors became our commanding officers, and we strived to earn qualifications as junior academics rather than as junior officers in a warfare community. There, some of the brightest minds would challenge and debate every facet of my world view and enhance my ability to address global problems in new ways. This experience exposed me to the deep thoughts of the academics and the insightful questions of the students; I found in them a quality that similarly resides in our naval leaders—one that I hope to bring to the fleet.