Wow the last year has gone by fast. It doesn't seem like it was that long ago that I wrote this post. Thanks to the military pay scales, there are longevity pay raises every two years of service, so there is a nice pay-raise for me this year.
My career certainly has had its ups and downs, but looking back I feel tremedously blessed in the rich variety of experiences I have had. I have said before, and I still believe, that both the good and the bad periods and events of my career have provided me with valuable learning experiences. Although I would never wish the bad experiences on anyone and would not want to relive them, I am glad to have them under my belt and hope the wisdom I gained through them will help me to be a better naval officer, leader, husband, and father (not necessarily in that order).
I've had the priviledge to serve with many very smart and talented shipmates in the last sixteen years, and many have had long-lasting impacts on me. They will pop into my mind whenever someone mentions a key word or place or a song I hear. For all of you who have served with me, I am thankful for our time together and for what you have taught me along the way.