Wednesday, September 25, 2013

To the Nimitz Fallen

Me, a thousand feet up, shooting video of USMS Kaiser, which transferred biofuel to the other ships in the formation as part of the global initiative to wean ourselves off of foreign oil. Photo by MC3 Ryan Mayes.

I left the Nimitz several months ago, but my friends are still there.

They've seen their 6-month deployment, that started in March in Everett, Washington, extended to cover the conflict in Syria.  In the frenzy of reporting, you'll rarely hear about these Sailors, and those in the ships that make up the strike group.

And you definitely won't hear about how they feel about 
losing two of their own to a helicopter crash several days ago.

My former boss, MC2 Jacquelyn  Childs, put things in perspective with her recent Facebook statement.  She is still deployed to USS Nimitz.  She has a young son, and she, like many Sailors, is missing many special moments in his life.  Here's what she said:

I  was thinking this morning how selfish I've been. 
All I've been thinking about is wanting to go home and how 'unfair' this all is... but recent events have helped me realize that some heroes won't ever make it home... If I'm asked to stand the watch a little longer, it's the least I can do because eventually I will get home, I will see my family again and I'm so grateful for that blessing. And I'm especially grateful for the sacrifices of our fallen service members and their families.

MC2 Childs works from her office: any space on the floor.

Childs and I have very different personalities, and we definitely got into it a couple of times when I was running the newspaper.  That said, God help the Media department when she's not there.

I've never seen a harder worker.  I've never worked with someone so focused on quality product.

Her post hit home, because I am guilty of losing perspective.  I left the Nimitz to attend Syracuse University, missed all this really crappy stuff they're going through, and I get pissed when the shower goes cold too quick.  I get annoyed at the dumb freshman walking around campus.  ETC ETC ETC. 

Thanks Childs, for reminding me what's really important in life.  Hang in there, and stay safe.

From our Carrier Strike Group commander:

Two members of our team have been lost today. A helicopter crash occurred during a daytime transfer of personal and was not the result of any sort of hostile activity. My heart is breaking for the families and loved ones of our fallen warriors, and I know they will be in the thoughts and prayers of the entire strike group.

I am grateful for the heroic efforts of Warrior Team 11 as they repeatedly searched the area for our shipmates, day and night. 

This unfortunate incident is still under investigation, with the goal of finding out exactly what happened and why, so we can prevent any future accidents. 

Sincerely, Mike White.

(From USS Nimitz Facebook page)  

Here's the latest story from the San Diego Union Tribune.


  1. Thank you for doing this blog. It means a lot to certain people. Don't stop.

  2. Thankyou for sharing a valid point that I can pass on to my sailor daughter. I appreciate all of you very much