Received a call from a Captain Mike Sherlock today, who is deputy director of the strategic research department at the Naval War College in Newport. He said he had been sent my blog entry (“Sir, No Sir!”) and wanted to apologize for the behavior of the colonel. He said that this was an aberration, and not how the vast majority of the attendees acted.
I agreed, and told him that of 1,000 people present, there were likely to be a couple of behavioral problems, and I had had the misfortune of meeting one. And, as I had written, I respect anyone who puts on a uniform for his or her country and moves into harm’s way to protect us.
Captain Sherlock offered a tour of the Naval War College for me to get a better impression of what they do and who they are and, when I mentioned that I was an informal student of Naval history, said he’d arrange some terrific experiences.
I want to keep the playing field even: That was one hell of a speedy and effective response from the Navy, and the colonel might just have done us all a great favor.
And isn’t it interesting who reads blogs? It pays to be the King of Social Media….