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URGENT Re: D-Day

Today’s military is an urgent place. Exclamation marks, capitalization, asterisks, and all sorts of extra accoutrements of PowerPoint panic or Outlook outrage are used to signal that yes, the supplementary quarterly alcohol awareness training is critical to ship’s readiness.  As we have turned inward in a time of relative maritime peace, trading many of our helmets for hardhats, terms such as I(Insurv)-minus 400 have replaced the likes of D-Day and H-Hour. However, many approach these administrative and maintenance challenges with greater trepidation and anxiety than any young GI waiting in the landing craft with his rifle.

Today let us remember that exactly 68 years ago roughly 500,000 teenagers stormed through the bloody foam of a pounding surf into the mouth of German guns and likely death. The urgency was real, as men traded their lives for liberty in the most gruesome of ways. On this day, men were blown apart in their own landing craft before the shore. Soldiers and marines drowned under the weight of their own packs in water shallower than a public pool. Waves of dedicated men lost everything they had before even setting foot on the continent they had resolved to save. With a mixture of fear and resolution, an entire generation of boys became old men in a matter of hours.

 

It is well that Memorial Day, Midway, and D-Day come within such close proximity to one another; In our fast-paced world where agitation and consternation can be transmitted at the speed of an email or a cellphone call, it’s a concentrated reminder of the young man huddled behind an anti-tank caltrop.  Surrounded by the dead and halfway there, he has no radio, no phone, and no way to communicate his fears; he concentrates on his shipmates, solutions, and survival. There is no room for complaint, as enough whining is being done by the bullets, bombs, and mortar rounds falling all around. However, he does take a moment to throw up a prayer, SUBJ: Re:URGENT.

Matt Hipple is a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy. The opinions and views expressed in this post are his alone and are presented in his personal capacity. They do not necessarily represent the views of U.S. Department of Defense or the U.S. Navy. 

Reminder: NWDC Junior Innovation Symposium

With so much to read in the naval blogosphere this week, don’t forget about Navy Warfare Development Command’s Junior Leader Innovation Symposium. The event is this Wednesday, and all the other details are here. Importantly, you don’t have to be in Hampton Roads to attend – you can also do so virtually via Defense Connect Online.

Events such as these provide an opportunity to network with like-minded officers and Sailors and build the intellectual and social capital to advance the art and science of naval warfare, particularly at the operational and tactical level. The author of a recent USNI Blog post on tactics, LT Rob McFall, will be there as will many other important people. Don’t miss this opportunity!

If you can’t make it, I will definitely be writing up some thoughts in a post later this week.

Happy Birthday

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Information Dissemination is kicking off its 5th Anniversary Blogapalooza Month today with an impressive line-up of guest posters, including both American presidential campaigns and their visions for 21st Century seapower. Billed as a “virtual conference,” it’s certain to be an engaging and informative discussion. We’re a rather new endeavor here at CIMSEC, but we’ve already known the generosity and willingness to help of ID’s founder, Galrahn, aka Raymond. Here’s to 5 great years!

If you have time for a video, Al Jazeera English has a clip (below) on the background issues that led to violence in March between fishermen and Indonesian rangers. As some, mainly Western areas of the world recover their fishing stock, other parts of the globe will see patchier progress, and in places like Africa and Asia this will lead to an increased likelihood of maritime violence as nations who have sensibly managed their stocks seek to protect their grounds from the fishing fleets of less or foresighted or successful neighbors.