Thursday, October 30, 2014

Last note from MCPON conference with 100+ Master Chiefs

On social media:

"People (Sailors) are information hungry, and that's the world we live in, that's the world that communication is so key to," said Rear Admiral Dawn Cutler - Chief of Navy Information. "So we need to know it, we need to understand it, we need to teach our Sailors how to use it responsibly, and we all need to embrace it from the leadership level as a great tool to talk to our various audiences." 

From NavyNews HERE

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I like this from the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum

“Agile learners are motivated, and look for opportunities for self-development in order to prepare for the challenges they may face in the future. Later, when they are in challenging, complex, ambiguous situations leaders that are agile learners are able to rapidly apply what they have learned from their self- development. They quickly try new approaches, learning from the consequences, and taking action to continue on and continue learning from the experience.” 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A nice bit of work by one of our Shipmates - LT Jason Knudson

You can read his article on the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum HERE.

Find out what he's up to in the CNO's Rapid Innovation Cell HERE in their weekly Apple PODCASTs.

As LT Knudson says, "INNOVATE HARD!"

Monday, October 27, 2014

Admiral Michelle Howard to the Master Chief Leadership Mess Symposium

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens began his annual Leadership Mess Symposium in Suffolk, Virginia, October 21, which included more than 100 fleet, force, and flag-level command master chiefs.

The symposium is designed to be a forum for the Navy's top enlisted leaders to come together to hear about current issues, programs and practices from MCPON and other senior leaders. 

Admiral Howard spoke on three topics - three cultures - that are a high priority for her: gender integration, cyber, and ethics.

"Those are the three things I want to talk to you about today," said Howard. "And what's great is they are three things that cut across the fleet, they cut across the Armed Forces and literally they are issues that cut across America and the folks we bring into the Navy." 

"Probably the hardest challenge leaders have is taking ownership of themselves, and making sure that they are always positive examples, that they always have this great attitude and that they control themselves."

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The things you do for your Sailors

The things you do for yourself last as long as you do, but the things you do for your Sailors remain as your legacy, forever. 
"Communication shouldn't start when you're concerned about a shipmate or when someone is getting ready to leave for a new duty station. In order to have meaningful communication there must be trust, which is built over time. Remember to take a moment and ask your shipmates how things are going-and actively listen. Through simple acts of kindness, you can be there for "every Sailor, every day." From NAVYNEWS or Captain Monty Ashliman, NAS Lemoore

Saturday, October 25, 2014


On completion of your first year as Officer in Charge of Navy Information Operations Detachment Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.  BZ !

Friday, October 24, 2014

We (cryptologists/Information Warfare Officers) don't do that

How often do you hear "we don't do that" when you ask about some new possibility, idea, mission, career opportunity or function?

I had a breakfast discussion with a Shipmate in D.C. recently and we talked about possibilities.

We talked about the 1610 who wanted to be an astronaut - but we don't do that.  Until Captain Ellis A. Fiedtkou-Leonard did.

We talked about the 1610 who wanted to fly as a linguist in the EA-6B - but we don't do that.  Until CDR Mike Makfinsky did.

We talked about the 1610 who wanted to work on the Vice President's staff - but we don't do that.  Until Captain Rich Wilhelm did.

We talked about the 1610 who wanted to be the Naval Attache to Moscow - but we don't do that.  Until Captain Dick Hutchinson did.

We talked about the 1610 and CTI2 females who wanted to fly in EP-3s - but we don't do that.  Until LT Barb Doyne and CTI2 Nancy Johnson did.

We talked about the 1610 who wanted to be the Naval Attache to South Korea - but we don't do that.  Until CDR Jim Kim converted to FAO and made Captain and did.

We talked about the potential for an IW officer to be a Vice Admiral - but we don't have a 3 star billet to fill.  Until Vice Admiral Michael Rogers filled it.  (Now we have a 3 star and a 4 star.)

We talked about the CTICS who wanted to be a regular contributor to USNI Proceedings magazine - but we don't do that.  Until for the first time in the 138 year old history of the magazine, CTICS Jim Murphy did.

Don't let "WE don't do that" keep YOU from doing it!

Help me out with your own "We don't do that" comment below.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Captain Howie Ehret - the Cryptologic Community's Rickover (without the obnoxious behavior)

Howie's Shipmates - Rusty Smith, H Winsor Whiton & Gerald Rapin attend.
Captain Howie Ehret was one of five Cryptologists Added to NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor

FORT MEADE, MD-Five "cryptologic greats" were inducted into the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor today at the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM). Rick Ledgett, Deputy Director of the National Security Agency, presided over the ceremony and highlighted the distinguished achievements of each of the inductees.  This is the only one that interests me.
  • Captain Howard Ehret: A modern pioneer in U.S. Naval cryptology - namely "Naval Cryptology's Rickover" - who brought state-of-the-art technology to naval operations and standardized naval cryptologic work roles and education to change the culture of naval cryptology and reduce the threat of enemies to the U.S.
To learn more about this legendary figure, I have blogged about him:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I'm a (s)quid and I'm a pro quo, also

Nice post by Captain Sean R. Heritage over HERE.

I'm very much a giver (quid) as described in Sean's post.  But I am also big on the pro quo piece,  but only in the sense that when I give you something, I expect you to give something back - in a "pay it forward" kind of way.  I also want a sense your understanding of what you have received and WHY you received it.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Genuine Officer and A Gentleman

Happy Birthday Rear Admiral Eugene S. Ince Jr!

On this date in 1926, Eugene St. Clair Ince Jr. was born to Eugene and Jay Green Ince. He is an only child. The love of his life, Jean Marion Gregory Ince passed on 12 January 2009. Theirs was a love story that lasted a lifetime. His proposal to Jean is truly legendary and their story has been featured in Gourmet Magazine and many others. They were married on 8 June 1949 in Oak Park, Illinois following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy-Annapolis, Maryland.

Admiral Ince was a Naval Aviator. During the Korean War, he deployed with VA-115 in USS PHILIPPINE SEA and USS KEARSARGE. He had 128 successful carrier 'traps'. Following the Korean War, he was a flight instructor. He attended the Naval Postgraduate School (Naval Intelligence) and the Defense Language Institute (Russian) in Monterey, California. In June 1960 he changed designators from 1310 (Naval Aviator) to 1610 (Special Duty- Cryptology). From 1966-1968, he was the Commanding Officer of NSGA Skaggs Island. He went on to become the Operations Officer (G50) for Naval Security Group Command and the Deputy OP944B at OPNAV.

He served as Commander, Naval Security Group Command from August 1978 to September 1980.

Today, he's living the good life in Madison, Virginia.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

This timely note from Hugh MacLeod at GAPING VOID

You're sitting in a meeting and the guy next you is getting torn apart by the department head. His project strategy is being ripped to shreds, every weakness exposed.  You feel a little bad for the guy, sure, but mostly, you're grateful.

You're grateful everyone at the table cares enough to bring their work in and hold it up to intense scrutiny. That your co-workers are about doing amazing work, not ego.

You're grateful that when the same project comes up the next week - stronger and better- that the guy sitting next you gets congratulated for turning it around.

Real honesty isn't always pleasant. But nothing means anything without it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tomorrow's FCC/C10F VTC on their Strategic Planning Process

I don't know if they were messing with me or not but I was told this shot of Steve Jobs was sent out to all of the briefers as a heads up in advance of the Strategic Plan VTC for VADM Tighe tomorrow at FCC/C10F.

I do like the idea of NO POWERPOINT !!  Don't use KEYNOTE, either !!

Someone at the brief, please let us know if PP was used.