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We are frmly in the middle of the 2nd decade of the 21st Century. What path were we put on at the start 21st Century that got us here? How do we evaluate the right decisions, the neutral decisions, and the less than optimal calls of the last decade and a half? What lessons can we take away now in order to make decisions to best position the Navy on the approaches to 2030?
Our guest for the full hour this Sunday to discuss this an much more will be Admiral John C. Harvey, Jr, USN (Ret).
Almost a year since he joined the retired ranks, when in uniform Admiral Harvey was one of the of the more engaged, visible, and accessible Flag Officers of his generation - and in retirement he continues to be an influential voice.
Admiral Harvey was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and is a 1973 graduate of the U S Naval Academy.
In his thirty-nine year Navy career, he specialized in naval nuclear propulsion, surface ship and carrier strike-group operations and Navy-wide manpower management/personnel policy development.
He commanded the USS DAVID R RAY (DD 971), the USS CAPE ST GEORGE (CG 71), the THEODORE ROOSEVELT Strike Group/CCDG-8 and also served as the Navy’s 54th Chief of Naval Personnel and as the Director, Navy Staff.
Prior to his retirement from the Navy in November, 2012, Admiral Harvey served as Commander, US Fleet Forces Command. He now makes his home in Vienna, Virginia where he resides with his wife, Mary Ellen.
One of the most distinguished and respected American military officers of the 21st century has been Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.). Today the Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, Adm. Stavridis had an incomparable career in the United States Navy as a surface warfare officer, military staff member, and regional combatant commander. He has also developed an impressive reputation as a military writer and commentator, particularly in the pages of U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) Proceedings, throughout his career and into the present day. In nearly four decades of uninterrupted military service, Adm. Stavridis accumulated a service record that is the very definition of honor and leadership to the United States of America and the world.
And this week, Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on the Writrstream Radio Network (@Writestream)) host John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) is this week proud and honored to air an interview with USNI Press (@USNIBooks) author Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.). In a recently recorded interview, Mr. Gresham and Adm. Stavridis discussed a wide variety of topics, from his early days of military service, to his professional writings and use of social media, as well as his wide-ranging responsibilities as regional combatant commander of both US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and US European Command (EUCOM). Please tune in on Monday, March 16th, at 1 PM EDT for an intriguing interview with one of the most interesting military commanders of our time.
Of all the human qualities that are desired by people here in America and around the world right now, there can be little doubt or question that leadership is at the top of that list. Diluted by decades of indifference and mediocrity since the days of the "Greatest Generation" that fought in World War II, leadership as become a quality as rare as 100-carat diamonds and honest politicians. Nevertheless, those of us with long memories do recall touchstone individuals who not only made a difference in their time, but changed the very world they were part of forever. One of these was a somewhat gnomish and often disliked naval officer who created a whole new technology and era literally through the force of his own will: Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, USN.
Today, Rickover remains something of an enigma to military historians and analysts almost 3 decades after his death. Arguably one of the most brilliant and powerful naval officers of his day, he never commanded great ships and fleets in battle. Able to make other officers and politicians sweat and fear for their professional lives, his actual job for most of his career was to build engines for submarines and surface ships. And while his nuclear engines changed the history of the world, at no time did he ever command a ship powered by one. To learn more about this important figure in U.S. history, join author, historian, journalist, game designer, and documentary filmmaker John D. Gresham (@Greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on the Writestream Radio Network (@Writestream)) at 1 PM EDT. His guest this week will be U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNI_Books) author and career submariner RADM Dave Oliver, USN (Ret.). Oliver is the author of the new book AGAINST THE TIDE, a biographical study of Rickover and his unique leadership and management styles.
This broadcast will feature leaders from the Illinois Writing Project, hosts of the USN Conference in Chicago, Illinois on April 25-26, 2014. These leaders will provide an outline of events and a preview of opportunities for learning and connections promised by the conference.
Recently, when one hears of disease and Africa, if you only listened to the media, then what would come to mind would be Ebola.
That is not the real challenge in Africa. There is a disease that not only kills, it impedes economic growth, interferes with good governance, and as a result is just another catalyst to conflict there and in South Asia.
To give a better understanding of the ongoing impact of malaria and the fight against it, our guest will be Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer was appointed in June 2006 to lead the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI). The PMI strategy is targeted to achieve Africa-wide impact by halving the burden of malaria in 70 percent of at-risk populations in sub-Saharan Africa, approximately 450 million people, thereby removing malaria as a major public health problem and promoting economic growth and development throughout the region.
PMI is a collaborative U.S. Government effort, led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), the Department of State, the White House, and others. As coordinator, Rear Admiral Ziemer reports to the USAID administrator and has direct authority over both PMI and USAID malaria programs.
Show starts at 9:05pm EST
Former Blue Water Navy Sailor John Bury joins us to discuss Monsanto, Agent Orange, and more.
John is infected with Agent Orange Dioxin poisoning. He is known as a Blue Water Navy Sailor. He made 4 deployments to the waters of Vietnam, known as the combat zone in the South China Sea and Tonkin Gulf onboard the USS Sacramento (AOE-1), during the periods 1968, 1969, 1970 & 1971. At the time of his enlistment in the US Navy, February 1953, his home town was Philadelphia, Pa.. After 22 years of Naval service, he retired USN, April 1975. He now makes my home in Media, Pa. He is married to my wonderful wife Cathy (Reilly) Bury, of Philadelphia, Pa.
In 2002, he was diagnosed with his first cancer. In time, three more cancers developed in his body. Rapidly his quality of life diminished. It is his belief he was poisoned with Agent Orange Dioxin. AO, as they call it, was a herbicide used as a defoliant in Vietnam. Its use was to clear the jungles and forests affording the enemy less coverage to hide; also to deplete the enemy’s food supply. Our government refers to the defoliant as Tactical Herbicides. Unbeknown to they who fought on land, at sea and in the air, this herbicide would some day cause a variety of illnesses. The number is unknown, but it could be estimated that one million plus American Veterans may have died from dioxin poisoning. It does not end with veterans. Disease and deaths are now consuming children and grand children of Vietnam veterans, known as second and third generation AO casualties.
For the Sailor, nothing is more immediate, more "now" and of more impact to their personal and professional lives than their next set of orders.
For our Navy, nothing defines present operational performance, the development of future leaders, and ensuring success at war for the next few decades than personnel policy.
Our guest for the full hour this Sunday from 5-6pm Eastern will be the Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Admiral Bill Moran, USN.
We will discuss the drive to man the Fleet to appropriate levels now, while looking at ways to modernize the personnel system to provide greater choice, flexibility and transparency for our Sailors and the commands they serve.
We will also look at the ongoing discussion about how to best keep with one hand a firm hand on what has worked, while with a free hand, reach for those things that will ensure that today's officers and enlisted personnel have a Navy that not only is meeting its needs, but takes in to consideration the individual goals and priorities of its personnel.
A special time this week, 2pm Eastern, in order to have a reasonable time for our guest on the other side of the world.
This week we are going to visit an AOR that may have dropped of a lot of people's scan, but in the Long War - it is still the front lines; the Horn of Africa.
Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, and the waters around the Arabian Peninsular - from terrorism to piracy - America and her allies and partners are at work every day to keep the beast over there, and not here.
Our guest for the full hour will be Rear Adm. Alexander L. Krongard, USN, Deputy Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa. In this position, he supports the CJTF-HOA Commander to counter violent extremism in East Africa, foster regional security cooperation, strengthen partner nation security capability, and build and maintain U.S. strategic access in the region. Krongard is also responsible for developing relations with senior military leaders in African partner nations and directing CJTF staff and subordinate commanders’ support to deployed personnel and units of all Services across the Horn of Africa. DCJTF-HOA.
A Navy SEAL by training, RDML Krongard is a graduate of Princeton University and the National War College.
NEWS: Mark Matthews had four goals and four assists and Zack Greer scored four times and added two helpers as the Edmonton Rush edged the visiting Colorado Mammoth 13-12 on Saturday in National Lacrosse League action.With a postseason berth well within their reach, the Buffalo Bandits (8-7) host the Vancouver Stealth (5-11) at First Niagara Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Buffalo needs just one more win, or a loss from the New England Black Wolves, to clinch the third and final playoff spot in the East. Vancouver will use the game as a tune up of sorts ahead of the team's Week 18 play-in matchup against the Calgary Roughnecks for the final berth in the West. Watch Stealth at Bandits live on UniversalSports.com (laptop/desktop) & USN app (mobile/tablet) in the U.S. and on TSN GO in Canada.
Buffalo is coming off a bye week after a solid road win in Minnesota in Week 15, which eliminated the Swarm from playoff contention.“We need some wins, we have to try to make the playoffs ourselves,” said Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley. “We also have to make sure that we stick to the plan and make sure that we’re 100% buying-in here, that’s how you win in this league.”With the NLL's West Division locked up, the Edmonton Rush (11-5) will look to tighten up its game this week against the Minnesota Swarm (5-11) when they visit Xcel Energy Center on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. Watch the game ON NLL.COM
How does policy shape, limit, or empower the effectiveness of command at the unit level? Which policies are a net positive, and which ones are counter productive? Are there things we can do to better balance larger Navy goals with the requirement to give leaders the room they need to be effective leaders?
In times of austere budgets, can you both reduce end-strength while at the same time retain your best personnel? Are we a learning institution that can adjust policy that answers the bell from DC in shaping tomorrow's Fleet, yet does not break trust with Shipmates?
To discuss this and more we will have as our returning guest, Vice Admiral Bill Moran, USN. Chief of Naval Personnel. A P-3 pilot by trade, he held commanded at the squadron, wing and group levels. As Chief of Naval Personnel, he oversees the recruiting, personnel management, training, and development of Navy personnel. Since taking over a year ago he has focused on improving communication between Navy leadership and Sailors in the Fleet.
In a time of budgetary pressure, a shrinking fleet, and an ongoing discussion of their relevance, how are we keeping out legacy Aircraft Carrier's in shape for the regular demands for extended deployments while at the same time bringing the new FORD Class CVN online?
What are some of the lessons we have learned in our decades of operating nuclear powered aircraft carriers that we are bring forward to serve the Fleet in the coming decades so we always have an answer to the question, "Where are the aircraft carriers?"
To discuss this and more, our guest for the full hour will be Rear Admiral Thomas J. Moore, USN, Program Executive Officer for Aircraft Carriers and is responsible for life cycle management for In-Service Carriers as well as the design and construction of the Future Class Carriers.
When a few years turns in to many. When all of a sudden you seem to be the oldest guy in the room. When you have but days of memories of your kids and in the blink of an eye they are a year older - eventually everyone on active duty reaches the point where it is time to pack the sea bag one more time and put it in the attic.
It is time to retire or leave active duty. Better or worse - it is time to go.
What are the paths someone follows to reach that point? What decisions and inputs lead to that point where you say, "It's someone else turn."
What are the important things you learn in the process of leaving going out that you wish you knew earlier? What are the myths about transitioning to the civilian world - and what are the no-kidding hard truths?
How do you interact differently with the civilian world? What must someone leave behind, and what are those things that if you want them or not, they will always be with you?
To discuss this and more on the subject of "what's next" when you leave active duty will be out panel with returning guest Commander James H. Ware, USN (Ret.)., and former active duty Sergeant Marcus Penn, USMC.
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