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Relocating every two years while serving in the Navy taught the Board of Port Commissioners' 2012 chairman how to quickly adapt to new organizations.
Rear Adm. Patrick Moneymaker has commanded the Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron, served as commander of Naval Space Command and flew fighter missions during the Vietnam War. In 2011, he took on a different role: president of the newly formed mission solutions group at Epsilon Systems.
For much of his career as a naval aviator, Capt. John Pettitt (Ret.) had to rely largely on himself. He flew single-seat jets, like A-4s, A-7s and F-18s, making him not quite a lone wolf, but hyperaware of his own surroundings and responsibilities.
Henry J. "Jim" Bedinger likes to serve those who serve. Whether it's through his work at Navy Federal Credit Union, or with about a half-dozen military-oriented nonprofit groups, he tries to make life easier for soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen.
Rear Adm. Pat McGrath splits his time between work as a deputy district attorney for San Diego County who heads the family protection unit and as deputy commander of Naval Air Forces.
John Frager, now the executive managing director of office services for the Americas with commercial real estate firm CB Richard Ellis, knew at an early age that he wanted to join the U.S. Navy and be a pilot, inspired by his father, Jack Frager, who flew an F-9 Cougar.
William Driscoll, Cdr., USNR (Ret.), believes in the power of teamwork. When he was on active duty as a Navy Radar Intercept Officer (RIO), it was a matter of life and death.
Leaders can make or break the careers of those who serve around them. In the case of retired Rear Adm. Jose Betancourt, a former surface warfare officer, one leader almost broke his career and another picked up the pieces.
The punishment for one officer being AWOL should be the same for another officer who is AWOL, but very different from the punishment of an officer who didn’t run his three miles in time.
Working as an exchange officer in the U.S. Navy allowed Dr. Jay Doucet to advance to leadership roles not afforded to him in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Patricia Reily, who retired from the Navy in 1995 as a commander, was the human resources director at Moffett field and she was the first woman to run a 40-bed counseling assistance center for drug and alcohol abuse in the Philippines.
Aug. 31, 2015 -- Reporter Carlos Rico caught up with family members of the USS Ronald Reagan, who saw their loved ones off and wished them well, as the aircraft carrier departs for Asia. The Reagan will now be permanently stationed out of a U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan.