29 July 2011
I had the great privilege this week of speaking at a commemorative luncheon in honor of BMCM (Master Diver) Carl M. Brashear hosted by the Carl M. Brashear Foundation. The event was very well-organized and I was very grateful for being given the opportunity to participate. You can read a copy of my remarks here.
I believe we can all benefit from learning more about Master Chief Brashear. He served during a time when he had to fight the Navy every step of the way to bring his extraordinary talents to bear. Master Chief Brashear wasn’t content being placed in a box or waiting for others to knock down the walls for him. He took ownership of his situation, and with fierce determination, he overcame the many institutional barriers he encountered and compiled a record of professional achievement that I do not believe will be equaled by anyone, anytime soon. And he accomplished his most significant achievement AFTER the loss of his lower left leg as a result of a line-handling accident.
To learn more about Master Chief Brashear’s life and career, I encourage you to read “The Reminiscences of Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Carl M. Brashear” conducted by the U.S. Naval Institute. He's an example to us all.
All the best, JCHjr