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FALL 2018

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MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS DANIEL BARKER 6 Navy | Fall 2018 B y the time you read this, I will have moved on as your National President and we will be reecting on a very busy past couple of years. I'm happy to report that the past two years of my presidency has resulted in increases in membership and two new chapters: one in the Northeast and the other in the Midwest. •ere's still a lot of work to be done, and you're the key to that e•ort. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to get together once a month or so with other like-minded members for a social lunch or dinner? All that's needed is for you to step up and volunteer to coordinate. We can supply both email and snail mail addresses for those in your area. In the case of email, we can even send out an electronic notice to those of interest to contact you. It's time for each one of you to assume the watch. In addition to our leadership changes, we also now are associated with Navy Safe Harbor, an organization that helps our shipmates when other resources are either not available of have been exhausted. •is association will give you another opportunity to participate either directly with your professional skills or indirectly with your contributing support. Finally, I'd like to paraphrase something I said at my retirement in 2002. •e original came from an Admiral retiring in the late 80s: I love the Navy. I liked standing on the bridge wing at sunrise with salt spray on my face and clean ocean winds whipping in from the four corners of the globe - the ship beneath me feeling like a living thing as her engines drive her through the seas. I like the sounds of the Navy - the piercing twill of the bosun's pipe, the syncopated clangor of the ship's bell on the quarterdeck, the harsh squawk of the 1MC and the strong language and laughter of Sailors at work. I like Navy vessels, destroyers, cruisers, auxiliaries, carriers, but most all, small boats and their oneness with the sea. I liked the proud names of the ships on which I served: Boston, Randolph, Hollidaysburg, Bullock and Summit County, SwiŽ Boats, Shields, Richmond K. Turner, Fort Fisher, Dubuque, Mobile, McKean, Henderson, Lang, Tarawa, and Duncan. I liked the Sailors — men and women from all parts of the land, farmers of the Midwest, small towns of New England, from the cities, the moun- tains and the prairies, from all walks of life. I trusted and depended upon them as they trusted and depended on me for profes- sional competence, for comradeship, for courage. In a word, they were shipmates. I liked the serenity of the sea aŽer a day of hard ship's work, as dolphins played across the bow and sunset gave way to night. I liked a feel of the Navy in darkness — the mast head lights, the red and green navigation lights and stern light, the pulsating phosphorescence of radar repeaters. •ey cut through the dusk and joined with the mirror of stars overhead. And I liked driŽing o• to sleep lulled by the myriad of noises, large and small that told me that my ship was alive and well and that my shipmates on watch would keep me safe. VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Moving On Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) man the rails as the ship arrives in Singapore. Prior to the ship's arrival to Singapore, Wasp with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit provided Defense Support to Civil Authorities in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands following the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut and conducted training in the East and South China Seas.

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