I have been away from the U.S. Navy, the sailors, and the
men and women long enough to say, “They Are Spectacular!”
They were spectacular when I knew them up close and personal. And they are still spectacular today! I talk every day to to those in close contact with them. And I miss them — the finest of America’s youth.
F/A-18 takes off from the U.S. Navy
Aircraft Carrier USS John C. Stennis.
Below: My friend, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Mike Mullen.
Below: French fghters with a U.S. recce aircraft.
Freedom is about putting “stuff”‘ in the field. Armor and men and gear. It has to be in the air, on the land and on the sea to be credible.
America has to be both diplomatic and stong. Condi Rice and the State Department provide the diplomacy. The Pentagon and a slw of uniformed men and women make it real.
Above: a USMC F/A-18 in flight
Americans can be proud. And they should be. Deterrence isn’t cheap. But it works.
(AFP/US Navy-HO/Michael Hight)
The USS Lake Erie launches a Standard Missile-3 at a National Reconnaissance Office satellite as it traveled in space at more than 17,000 mph over the Pacific Ocean, February 20, 2008; photo released by the U.S. Defense Department. REUTERS/Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy.We stop to pay tribute to all soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen, marines and others serving our great nation tonight.