The USCGC Tern (WPB-87343), shown here patrolling in front of Alcatraz Island, is one of the Coast Guard’s 65 87-foot Marine Protector–class cutters. While in command of this ship, the author and his crew conducted a dangerous rescue mission that shook his faith in his gut instincts.
The crew of the USS Stockdale (DDG-106) often celebrate their ship and her namesake, including holding a commissioning anniversary party and inviting guests from the ship’s commissioning as well as one of Vice Admiral James Stockdale’s sons. Events such as these indoctrinate sailors in a command’s culture and get them invested in its brand.
Enginemen conduct maintenance on board the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50). Navy leaders have to consider key decisions, such as when to share the workload among multiple departments, to meet evaluation dates and other deadlines.
Admirals Chester Nimitz and William Halsey on board the USS Curtiss (AV-4) in January 1946. After Rear Admiral Wilson Brown declined to lead the Navy’s attack in the Marshall Islands, Nimitz presented the opportunity to Halsey, who jumped at the mission. A strong leader must assess his subordinates and choose the right leader for the right job.
After a hazing incident, the author adopted Medal of Honor runs for his platoon, using the citations of former company members to help inspire his Marines to aspire for more.
The USCGC Campbell (WMEC-909) intercepts a rustic vessel of Cuban migrants about 65 miles south of Marathon, Florida. As the Coast Guard’s missions continue to expand, the service must abandon its scarcity culture in favor of one that cultivates each service member’s success.
A second-class petty officer on board the USCGC Hamilton (WMSL-753) trains a fire-attack team after a damage control exercise. Leadership training earlier in the training pipeline would net more petty officers who are self-reflective leaders, capable of performing high-risk evolutions with increased autonomy.
Demographics are an easy way for the Navy to measure diversity, but diversity of thoughts, education, experience, and opinions—most often cultivated by different life experiences—can be a force multiplier on the battlefield.
The USCGC Richard Snyder (WPC-1127)