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They Are Spectacular!

March 24, 2008

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.
A warplane takes off from the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier ... 
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.

In this photo released by the Department of Defense, U.S Navy ...
U.S Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (AP Photo/Department of Defense, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)

Below: French fghters with a U.S. recce aircraft.

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USS Ranger (CV-61) departing from San Diego
Above: Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger (CV-61)

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.

Below: A-5 Vigilante

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.

F-8 Crusader

The “Purple Shirts” provide the fuel.  And to a pilot, dry, this is the best.The “Red Shirts” move the weapons… The bombs and missiles…
The “Yellow Shirts” move the aircraft.  They are the “pilots on the flight deck.”But you know what? We are all in this.  We are all Americans. Without dedicated people we will fall; we will fail.

Above: a USMC F/A-18 in flight

Americans can be proud.  And they should be.  Deterrence isn’t cheap. But it works.

This picture released by the US Navy shows Fire Controlman 2nd ...
This picture released by the US Navy shows Fire Controlman 2nd Class John Whitby operating the radar system control during a ballistic missile defense drill on February 16 aboard the USS Lake Erie. He serves here as our example of all the tough men and women: dedicated and proud, on watch and serving their country tonight.
(AFP/US Navy-HO/Michael Hight)
The USS Lake Erie launches a Standard Missile-3 at a non-functioning ... 
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.

single modified tactical Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) launches from the U.S. Navy AEGIS cruiser USS Lake Erie
This photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows an SM-3 missile being launched from the USS Lake Erie warship on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2008. The Pentagon says the missile successfully intercepted a wayward U.S. spy satellite orbiting the earth at 17,000 miles per hour, about 133 nautical miles over the Pacific ocean. (AP Photo/US Navy)
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