"When it's all over, it's not who you were. It's whether you made a difference." - Bob Dole When judging a man's "capability" why do we not look at his record instead of his humor? Why do we not look at the achievements of the ship the past 8 months, or take into account that as our CO Captain Honors has shown the utmost professionalism? Our Captain has done what was conceived to be impossible and taken a run down old piece of metal scrap fresh out of the yards and has prepared it and its crew for deployment. He has turned her back into the great warship she was built to be. We have been tried and we have been tested the past 8 months under Captain Honors and in all evaluations we not only performed well, but we excelled. The accomplishments we have made attest to our Captains capability and serve as an example of how much his crew loves him. There are two kinds of leaders, those who are followed out of fear and those out of respect.... no one can deny that Captain Honors is the latter. We are on the brink of deployment... I personally would rather sail under the command Captain Honors than any other officer I have met in all of my years of service. To rob us of our Captain now would shatter crew morale and the cohesiveness built during the last few months of long work ups. Please Navy... let us keep our Skipper!
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