The Lucky Few

The following post was written by Captain Dave Werner, CHINFO Communication Integration & Strategy.

Whelp: This is it. After 20,000 tweets, it’s time @NavyNews hangs up the keyboard.   What started as an experiment is closing as a prequel to the Navy’s story as it is seen, said and shared online through the eyes of its Sailors around the world.

Don’t worry, we’ve got @USNavy up and running on Twitter alongside the rest of our established social media properties, so you can be assured we’ll continue to tweet and post and tease the Navy story whenever and wherever you aim to get it. More importantly, we’ve planted the seeds here at the Navy’s Office of Information that – with inspiration and perspiration – will only bloom brighter as the dynamic communication environment morphs.

And while the only constant in media these days is change, there is one thing that won’t: Your Navy will continue to push the envelope in leading this nation in securing its interests anywhere and everywhere.  I look back at the last 32 months, we’ve tracked down pirates, conducted clandestine submarine missions, shot down wayward satellites, supported our forces on the ground in Afghanistan & Iraq, killed public enemy #1, led the opening salvo in Libya, and tens of thousands of Sailors have been deployed around the globe for months at a time defending our great nation.

Also over that period we’ve even launched a new slogan: America’s Navy: A Global Force for Good.   I’ve done my best to reinforce via Twitter that being a Global Force for Good means everything from rushing in to support earthquake  and tsunami  victims to taking out bad guys before they harm anyone else.

It’s my hope that those on the receiving end of our tweets have lived vicariously through the accomplishments, toil and experiences of our Sailors.   It’s been my privilege to bring our story to you, and I can only hope I made you chuckle or think – or in a few rare instances both.  Those of you who’ve sailed with us know I’ve taken a little literary license in sharing it.

Some might argue that more important than making history is writing – err, tweeting – it. I’d beg to differ.

For 236 years, America’s Navy has been abroad serving with more daring, creativity and courage than mere words or images can convey.  We are the lucky few who don this uniform and sail to distant places during uncertainty with often only our own ingenuity and each other.  Our greatest accomplishments were not achieved tied to a pier or at anchor: Sailors go to foreign places and expect the unexpected; They understand the boundaries and push them to realize what might be; They serve boldly because the benefits to those they serve outweigh the risks they assume for themselves.

Sailors – strive for greatness, have fun, and know that one day you’ll look back at your naval service and say “I remember when…”  I know I will.  Thanks for what you do, and best wishes on your eventful journey.