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Is College Right For Me?

Is College Right For Me?

December 11, 2019 3 min read 1 Comment

It’s the most dreaded question of every high school student. Anywhere you go, there it is, waiting around the corner to jump out and get your anxiety started : “So, where are you going to college?”
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Broken and Unreadable | Part I

Broken and Unreadable | Part I

November 27, 2019 2 min read

I spent Veterans Day talking to veterans, over the phone, or voice via social media. No memes, no text messages, no quick emails.  Honest, real, voice.  It’s just so novel, but awkward, and clumsy. For people that used to exist to communicate and accomplish something, we’re horrible at picking up the phone. It’s this mix of wanting to...
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Inside Out, Outside In. What is really going on in the Navy today?

Inside Out, Outside In. What is really going on in the Navy today?

November 01, 2018 4 min read 1 Comment

There have been some high-profile events going on in the Navy. On social media, the keyboard captains have been burning up data minutes faster than stolen wardroom coffee on mid-watch. From the comments, you’d think the Navy is on overrun, sinking, on fire, out of money, and losing a war.
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Trust: An Open Letter to Parents of Sailors

Trust: An Open Letter to Parents of Sailors

November 01, 2018 5 min read 9 Comments

When I read about parents, parents of Sailors, worried about their kids, I think of my own. And I think of what I’ve seen. Growing up, there were the stories of Tiger Moms and Helicopter parents. But pre-smartphone with social media, wait… pre-cell phone, wait wait pre-beeper…
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The Finest Blunt Force Object

The Finest Blunt Force Object

November 01, 2018 5 min read 2 Comments

It’s been just over a year since retirement. Time clips by at a steady pace. In the planning stages of retirement, an old mentor charged me to “remain connected as a retired Chief Petty Officer." His graying goatee, the glass of whiskey, the company polo shirt all faded as a stern gleam came from his eye
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An Old Sailor’s History of Textiles

An Old Sailor’s History of Textiles

March 15, 2017 6 min read

In our modern life, even at sea, it is easy to take the bedding textiles we use every day for granted. I didn’t think much about Navy bedding until our COMCRUDESPAC Unit embarked aboard USS Boston (CAG-1) in 1967, bound for Vietnam. For my open-bay, aluminum-frame canvas rack, I got everything I needed...
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Size Guide | Fleet Sheets
Size Chart for Navy Ship Rack, Coast Guard Rack, Rack Sheets, Submarine Rack. Sizes are typically based on rank and ship type.
Size Name Fitted Sheet Flat Sheet Pillowcases
Crew (Surface Ships and Submarines) 26" × 76" × 8" (Fits mattresses 4"-7" deep) 53" × 92" 20" × 33"
Crew Long (Surface Ships) 26" × 80" × 8" (Fits mattresses 4"-7" deep) 53" × 96" 20" × 33"
CPO (Surface Ships, Subs, and Coast Guard Cutters) 28" × 76" × 8" (Fits mattresses 4"-7" deep) 56" × 92" 20" × 33"
CPO Long (Surface Ships) 28" × 80" × 8" (Fits mattresses 4"-7" deep) 56" × 96" 20" × 33"
Officer (Surface Ships) 34" × 76" × 8" (Fits mattresses 4"-7" deep) 63" × 92" 20" × 33"