When you do exams you never want to be the one who finishes first and you never want to be the one who finishes last.
– Anthony T. Hincks
After 206 days out to sea, my old ship, the U.S.S Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is finally back home. When I was deployed we did 90 days out to sea, no port calls, nothing. To be out there for 206 days, I know they were at each other’s necks but also relying on each other to make it home safely and in one piece. I’m glad they’re back home, safe and sound! I included the article from wavy 13 news in Norfolk, Virginia. Happy reading.
“The Navy has both a tradition and a future and we look with pride and confidence in both directions.”
– Arleigh Burke
“Our flag means all that our fathers meant in the Revolutionary War. It means all that the Declaration of Independence meant. It means justice. It means liberty. It means happiness…. Every color means liberty. Every thread means liberty. Every star and stripe means liberty.”
– Henry Ward Beecher
D-Day, June 6th 1944. More than 160,000 allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy France to fight against the Nazi’s of Germany. Many men lost their lives this day fighting for freedom. This was the largest amphibious assault led to this day. We honor and remember the greatest sacrifice that was made for our freedom. Allied forces fought bravely and ferociously to establish a foothold through the fighting. June 6th, 1944 was the beginning of the end of a war.
“Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well-trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely…I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”
– General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander
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Memorial Day is a Holiday observed for the Men and Women who made the ultimate Sacrifice in protecting the United States and everything that it holds. We celebrate by remembering their spirit and what they sacrificed for us. Everyone respects this holiday differently and may have different ways of showing it. Thank you for everything you have done for my freedom. Fair Winds and Following Seas. We have the Watch.
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“Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay.”
– Barack Obama
Armed Forces Day
Today is a celebration for our brothers and sisters, the men and women who have signed up to protect us and this country. This is for those who are currently serving and those who have served. If you would like to read and learn more about this, click the button below.
“Word to the Nation: Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard.”
— President John F. Kennedy
“Perfect is very boring, and if you happen to have a different look, that’s a celebration of human nature, I think. If we were all symmetrical and perfect, life would be very dull.”
– Natalie Dormer
“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.”
—Orison Swett Marden
I finally have done it! I have completed Hospital Corpsman school! I passed all my tests and labs and have finally done it! Graduation Monday. ❤️
“Endurance is patience concentrated.”
– Thomas Carlyle
I have 15 more days of school left. After that i will be a full fledged Navy Corpsman. The days can not go by any faster!
Today in class today our instructors were disappointed in how low our test scores were. In a class of 72 we had 10 fail the test, and a majority got by with a barely passing grade. I fortunately passed, but I was part of the group with a barely passing score for my test. Our instructor, HM2, decided to give us a mandatory homework assignment that was very important to him. Not just as a person, but because it will shape a Sailor into who they want to become in the military.
His homework assignment: What are your 3 core values? How do you apply them to your personal life and your military life. How do you uphold to these core values daily?
Intense right? It definitely makes you delve into your soul and puts you deep in thought. What are my 3 core values? What drives me to be me? What type of person do I want to be to my fellow Sailors? All these questions and they barely scratch the surface. Since I have been in, this has always been a question that has been brought up and somehow my values have slightly changed. I think this is because I have grown into the person I want to be. I have seen a lot of people I don’t wish to be like and I have seen a lot of people who I want to be just like.
My 3 Core Values
My 3 core values you may ask: Integrity, Adaptability, Fairness drive me to want to be better. To narrow them only down to three is hard to be honest. I could name off a few more values that I live my life by and how I lead by example. For this homework assignment my instructor wanted to mainly focus how we (my class) would act in the Navy Fleet. Most of my class are brand new to the Navy and haven’t had a taste of it yet, but I have. I have seen the dirt bag Sailors who skate by, doesn’t help out, lies or is on a power trip. However, I have also had the privilege to work alongside some of the best Sailors. Sailors who showed dedication, leadership skills, who would help out even if they were busy themselves, Sailors who cared. I have learned that I am a leader, whether I like it or not, I naturally fall into that course of action. This is why my 3 Core Values play such a huge impact on my civilian life and especially in my military life. Here in my Corpsman (HM) school I was thrown into a leadership position straight off the plane. The instructors saw that I had rank and that I held myself differently than the rest. They saw me discipline the students strictly, but fairly. They saw that I was honest, that I instilled integrity into the class. They saw that I could adapt to things that were thrown at me from schedule changes to new challenges. This is what helps me grow. Leading, encouraging other Sailors to follow in my footsteps, showing them how to be who they want to be.
What are your 3 core values? What type of person do you want to be? How do you want to learn and grow? Give yourself some thought, dive into your soul and see what drives you as a person.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”