Our most recent elections demonstrated Americans are still very worried about the state of the economy and their own job security. However, there is an employer looking to hire young, motivated, and intelligent men and women—the United States Navy’s submarine force.
As our nation’s military approaches its 13th year of the War in Afghanistan, those of us in uniform understand America’s civilian apathy to both the conflict and its military personnel. We get it; a long and unpopular war in a far away foreign land coupled with a challenging Afghan partnership doesn’t exactly paint the pretty picture that an American public can rally around.
While the legality and increased use of American drones in foreign countries continues to come into question, no one can dispute that their use saves countless American lives and lends great support to our troops on the ground.
Rear Admiral Barry Bruner is best known for successfully heading the task force controversially integrating women into America’s Submarine Service. This past week, Bruner, the new director of Submarine Warfare (N87), embarked on an even tougher assignment: developing, designing and funding the Navy’s estimated $60 billion Ohio Class Submarine Replacement Program.
In an era where celebrities and professional athletes fill the airwaves and newspaper headlines, I recently had the honor of meeting some real larger-than-life individuals. For some, Derek Jeter is a hero, for me, it’s the unnamed 20-year-old Petty Officer listening for contacts 650-feet below the water’s surface. I’m speaking about the crew of the USS Alaska (SSBN 732), an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine first put into service in 1986.