Since Oct 16, 1999
USS Nimitz CVN-68 1981-1985
USS Coral Sea CV-43 1987-1990
USS America CV-66 1990-1991
USS Eisenhower CVN-69 1994-1997
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.
An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.
But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. ― Marcus Tullius Cicero
I am convinced, Our Father, that your fondest feelings are reserved for the least pretentious and most genuine of us.
I am sure that Aviation Boatswain's Mates are some of your favorites.
Certainly Aviation Boatswain's Mates have yet to find the virtues of humility, or soft-spokenness or gentleness
They do lead with their jaws
And they always seem to be more ready to fight than to switch.
They can be singled out by their red eyes, and by a grubbiness which is a mark of their trade.
But their wills match their strong backs
And their love of each other is a wondrous thing to behold. They are the salt of the deck
And the saltiness is honest and open
And they are uniquely Your sons. We are grateful for them
As you love them specially, we mark them particularly tonight. Bless them every one
And forever keep them from harm and hurt
In Christ's name, Amen.
R. W. Bedingfield, Chaplain (USN) USS NIMITZ CV-68