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.
DANBURY — Last winter, one of the coldest and snowiest in recent memory, may have inspired dreams of a trip to a sunny Caribbean island complete with a beachfront barbecue.
When the offer was unexpectedly extended to Ken Baylor in early January, he didn’t hesitate to accept it, even though the destination, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, isn’t exactly a place whose name conjures up images of a tropical paradise.
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — President Obama announced recently that military commission trials for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would resume after a two-year suspension.
While this prison might have represented a terrible stain on the values and beliefs America prides itself on in the past, the prison today is transparent, humane, and just.
My brother Mitchell and I founded The Kaplan Public Service Foundation this past year with the goal of encouraging American civilians to become more involved in the support of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen.