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Last year, midway through the NFL season I cancelled my NFL package on Directv. I must admit I did watch the playoffs and the Super Bowl, my life long beloved Philadelphia Eagles were there at the end. I’m 75 years old and my years of following this team and it’s locker room of players was just missing something, even after they won the big game.
A few of the first idols I had way way back in the day were Pete Retzlaff, Chuck Bednarak and Tom Brookshire. Unless your ancient like me or a life long eagles fan the names mean nothing to you. I dare say they would be appalled at what occurs on the football field sidelines today.
You see, I come from a military family. Both my father and step-father served in WWII, I spent 6 years in the Marine Corps and a few more in the National Guard during the Viet Nam War. My eldest daughter served in the Air Force and Navy and retired as a Major in the Air Force. Her husband is former Air Force. My son served in the Marine Corps during the First Gulf War. My eldest granddaughter and her husband are both USAFA graduates and Captains in the Air Force today. Our family has nieces and nephews on active duty and in ROTC in College.
And: We have all taken a knee, after running our ass off to stay in shape so when we are called to we can protect that flag and what it stands for. Pathetically there are NFL players who take their knee for some other purpose. In the short time I have left on this earth, the NFL will never be the same.
Last night my wife lost a sister in-law to cancer. The father of her children was Navy as was his brother, her son is active duty Air Force, a grandson was Air Force and another Navy. Bunny, we’re thinking of you and all the family.
I could go on with cousins, friends and neighbors who have served and you could watch the changing of the guard at Arlington to further add to this story. The real changing of the guard is on the sidelines of a football game performed by the NFL, and it is a disgrace.
I share with you, Colonel Jeffery A Powers letter to the NFL.
No, because we’re not part of the Navy, we’re part of the Department of the Navy, there’s a subtle difference, & not too many people know the contradistinction. Some people will say they’re the same thing, & I say no, they’re not, for one important reason. When I hear someone say that as a jibe to the Marines, I respond with, “Who is in charge of the Navy?” and they being in the Navy will usually respond with, the CNO or Chief of Naval Operations, who is an Admiral or 4-star flag officer. Here is the Seal of the Navy.
Then I ask them, who is in charge of the Marine Corps, the correct answer being the CMC or Commandant of the Marine Corps who is a General or 4-star flag officer, same rank as the Admiral who is the CNO, which means he is of commensurate rank. Here is the Seal of the Marine Corps.
Now here’s where it becomes interesting because then the next question I ask them is “Who is in charge of the Department of the Navy?” to which they usually don’t have the answer, so I’ll reply with the SecNav or Secretary of the Navy which is a Cabinet-Level Position within the president’s administration just like the Secretary of the Army or Secretary of the Air Force. But if they do have the correct answer, I’ll reply with, “Are the same person, or to be more clear, is the CNO the same person as the SecNav, which no they are not, because one is a military position held by a ranking officer, and the other is a civilian cabinet-level position held by an appointee. Here is the seal of the Department of the Navy.
Notice they are all different.
So while the Navy is part of the Department of the Navy, and the Marine Corps is part of the Department of the Navy, they are not the same thing, think of them like two fingers on the same hand. Both the CNO & the CMC report to the SecNav, the CMC does not report to the CNO so the chain of command is clear.
Telling the last part of this I use the forefinger for the Marine Corps & the middle finger for the Navy for the end of the joke which is FTN or F The Navy, which is my way of getting back at squids who used to like to needle us jarheads with that question.
One more little note, purely my observation and I’m just throwing this out there. If your a God fearing man or woman, you’ve most likely heard of the Holy Trinity.
The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (from Latin trinitas “triad”, from trinus “threefold”) defines God as three consubstantial persons, expressions, or hypostases: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit; “one God in three persons”. The three persons are distinct, yet are one “substance, essence or nature”. In this context, a “nature” is what one is, while a “person” is who one is.
Now go look at the logos up top on the Department of the Navy web site. OOH RAH!!!!