A few days after the attacks on September 11th, I dug this photo out of storage…
It was taken in 1992, while sailing down the Hudson River on a honeymoon cruise.
I posted it prominently on my desk at NSGA Bahrain as we prepared to respond.
Ashore or afloat, from command to command, I posted it prominently in my work space.
On this 15th anniversary, it remains displayed on my desk at NIOC Colorado, a silent reminder.
Earlier in the week, as we prepared for our command remembrance ceremony, I asked the Chief-selects how many were on active duty on that fateful day. One raised his hand.
It wasn’t an effort to shame them, or call attention to their youth. I was honestly curious.
With each passing year, it becomes more and more important to remember.
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