Naval War College Visit
My wife and I were guests for a private tour of the Naval War College today, arranged by Captain Mike Sherlock, who had read my earlier blog about my run-in with a Marine Colonel (http://www.contrarianconsulting.com/sir-no-sir/) during a conference in Newport. A lot of people make lemonade when handed lemons. The Navy, however, makes a gourmet meal.
John Edward Jackson gave us a background briefing, and then we met with Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, the Provost, and Admiral James Wisecup, the President. Everyone was gracious with their time and I’m sure they had a lot of other things do to. After that, we received what everyone regarded as the “five star” tour of the place by the noted historian John Hattendorf.
We were treated wonderfully, and as my wife pointed out, I was in my element, since I’ve studied naval history for quite some time. Reading an original letter from Thomas Jefferson (it’s pictured here) to John Paul Jones, suggesting a few things, was pretty phenomenal. The college is an unexpected farrago, with accredited, advanced degree programs as well as an appearance coming up by The Beach Boys! My background had been checked out, and John Jackson began the briefing by presenting me with a map of North Dakota. (An in-joke for those who read my bio.) When the admiral alluded to keeping tabs on Chinese naval developments, I was comforted that if they could track me, they could probably do pretty well with China.
This is the opposite of the DASM comments you’ll see elsewhere on here. The War College didn’t like the impression just one officer of over a thousand left with me, and moved to correct it. That’s not a bad philosophy for anyone who values the public opinion of their efforts.
The admiral left me with a commemorative coin, and told me that the tradition is, if we meet in a restaurant, whoever is not carrying the coin has to pay. No worries, admiral, the meal is on me. I’ve piloted a B-24, the Goodyear Blimp, and a steam locomotive. How hard could an aircraft carrier be? I’m available.
U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI
Original letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Paul Jones
Original sextant of Commodore Matthew Perry
Gorgeous setting, musuem in the distance
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