Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by endoftheline, Jun 1, 2011.
This kind of old news after last week.
Can't say I'm sorry for the man after no show at last weeks graduation. The Puking Dogs were just no substitute.
Sorry the 'real' Navy and those out there defending your country do not meet your expectations.
I thought the Blue Angels had canceled. That's different than a "no show." Personally, if they have safety concerns of any kind, I'd rather they get those resolved rather than put themselves and potentially the audience in danger.
Agree on safety issues for flyers and spectators. Still, MIDNDAD's disappointment was shared by all there. The issue wasn't just a flyover, but the traditional show that is centerpiece for the week. All survived, all graduated, all commissioned. But a great disappointment no less (were it otherwise, why bother bringing them, right?), and I'm confident the shared observation was intended as no slam against the Puking Dawgs nor any of our great USN airmen and women. They are beloved by all who "belove" freedom. Count me in as a fan on all 3 fronts ... Blue Angels, Puking Dawgs et al, and the freedom they represent and enable. XOXO to all of them!
The CO recognized a problem had arisen in his performance as #1 and did the responsible thing - he sacrificed his career rather than knowingly continue to put the lives of his team in jeopardy until someone was hurt or, more probably in close formation flying, killed, as happened to the T-birds in the mid to late 80's. His action exemplifies leadership and teamwork! Don't get too critical until you have walked in his flight boots; it ain't all glamour.
1964BGO, exactly my thoughts. Being "relieved of command" normally implies that higher authority stepped in and ordered it; in this case, the CO asked to be relieved. It really shows how much he thought of his people over his career -- "ship, shipmate, self."
The disappointment associated with the absence of the Blue Angels at this year's Commissioning Week was beyond the control of the administration. The disappointment in last year's Herndon "climb" ceremony was self-inflicted.
2 minutes of "entertainment" for the parents of the Class of '13 compared to the nearly THREE HOURS of entertainment for the parents of the Class of '14.
There is a Youngster Luau shirt that I ran across on the floor in my son's bedroom that, on the front, has a picture of a ladder extended to the top of the Herndon monument; on the back, it says "Grease - not in the budget". Pretty funny!
Now THAT's funny! Clever, too! An ultimate "inside" joke, exhibiting lots of creativity.
Some of 2012 thought that 2013 should do a "real" Herndon climb immediately before 2014 did theirs....or even after...
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