Third Prize Winner - Essay Contest Sponsored with Dr. J. Phillip London & CACI International
Good Ideas Have No Rank
U.S. NAVY/JAMES R. EVANS
One of the most legendary attacks in U.S. submarine history—the destruction of a munitions train on Japanese soil—was planned and executed by the crew of the USS Barb (SS-220), junior
officers and enlisted alike, under the leadership of then-Commander Eugene Fluckey. At first glance, people might assume the Barb’s crew was uniquely talented. But their success was achieved by integrating diverse perspectives that contributed to sound collective decision making and the ability of the crew to act as one to solve problems. Imagine if Fluckey had taken on the task alone or taken for granted the inputs of his subordinates. It is likely that the Barb may not have succeeded so spectacularly.