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SAPR Message by Australian Chief of Army 2013

This Australian Chief of Army SAPR message from the Australian Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, to the Australian Army following the announcement on Thursday, 13 June 2013 of civilian police and Defence investigations into allegations of unacceptable behaviour by Army members.  The Australian  Chief of Army SAPR message and manner in which he relays his “Commander’s Intent” regarding Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) is exceptional.

[via Army.gov.au]


James Gandolfini Kuwait USO

James Gandolfini died.

There is something to be said for those that “Support the Troops” and there are others that demonstrate that support with action, James Gandolfini was the later.  James Gandolfini died June 19, 2013 in Italy.  He inspired countless through his actions and impressive ability to act.  Bringing some amazing characters to larger than life status, I found James Gandolfini impressive in Crimson Tide and of course the epic series The Sopranos.

James Gandolfini Crimson TideIn similar fashion to John Candy, James Gandolfini died, himself larger than life, of a heart attack. James Gandolfini died relatively young at 51 (John Candy died at 43); that is saddening and brings with it the same feeling of an unfulfilled life which John Candy left his fans with.





Admiral StavridisWhile Admiral Stavridis’ retirement occurred on 21 May 2013, the lessons and future he describes in this TED video are pinpoint accurate.  The challenges faced today, which Admiral Stavridis describes, are vastly great with the complications of cyberspace, the electromagnetic spectrum, and technological advancement throughout the globe.

Quoted as saying:

“We have become a navy that specializes in safety, communicating, inspecting, engineering, administering, retaining, and counseling. There is too little emphasis on shiphandling, warfighting, battle repairing, and leading…. the essence of why navies exist is to fight and win at sea.”-Admiral Stavridis (via @DEFConference)

I’ve been watching the Navy (administrative taskers and meetings abound with little results) and I’m not seeing enough of a concentration of individuals able to, or capable of emphasizing the things that should “matter” in comparison with those that should fall by the wayside.  Admiral Stavridis’ comment is rooted and grounded by the CNO Tenets.  But how do you in actual practice take them and make a difference which impacts Warfighting First? Achieves the ability to Operate Forward? And truely ensures you’ll Be Ready?  Of anyone recently, Admiral Stavridis has made the most significant impact on such a large population of the U.S. Navy, it is challenging to see him sail into retirement.

[via TED]