The new “greatest generation” (part II)

| December 9, 2007

A little over 10 years ago, I had the privilege of flying out to the USS Nimitz, which was underway off the California coast, and spending 24 hours on board. The commanding officer at the time was Captain (now Vice-Admiral, ret.) Alfred G. Harms, and I had the further privilege and honor of spending some time speaking with him about the Nimitz. One thing that he was emphatic about was that he didn’t run the Nimitz; his crew of 5,000+ sailors did, most of whom were in their late teens and early-to-mid 20s. He marveled at their self-discipline and attention to detail that allowed the Nimitz to run so smoothly and with few accidents despite the inherently hazardous activity of launching and landing aircraft from the deck of a ship out at sea. (I still have and cherish my certificate showing that I landed on an aircraft carrier underway.)

Anyway, a long lead-in for the following (music) video, which doesn’t involve the Nimitz but does involve the Black Eagles (VAW 113), a US Carrier Airborne Command and Control squadron. It starts out pretty much as an amusing, somewhat goofy lipsync — but somewhere along the way, it becomes clear this is about the young men and women who “stand/Between their lov’d homes and the war’s desolation.

God bless them all. Hat tip to the never-boring Ace of Spades. ..bruce..

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Category: Geopolitics, Main, Military, US Politics, Video

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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