Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Words from the Future

I had, earlier this afternoon, made a post about comments recently made by Admiral Allen. At the request of a senior CG officer -- and, no, it was not the Admiral -- I have removed the post. I've kept the material and will repost sometime this summer after Admiral Allen assumes the role of Commandant.

While I'd thought his comments were for public consumption - I didn't hear much I hadn't heard from him before or thought of myself -- this senior CG officer (whose opinion I respect) believes Admiral Allen hasn't really discussed his thoughts with a host of people; even, the senior officer believes, some of the flag corps hasn't heard it. We were, so this officer thinks, getting a dry run for Admiral Allen's stump speach as the Commandant.

I'll say this: no surprises. What I heard is that Admiral Allen wants to grow our people and lead the Coast Guard into structure as knowledge-based organization.

As I concluded in my now deleted post, I'm excited. Be ready for Admiral Allen to step out quickly; be ready to follow. And, stand by for heavy rolls.

We're in for great four years, and he'll set up for an excellent four years following. It's a great time to be a Coastie.

19 comments:

  1. Your blog man. You should post what you like. And while some of what you post is interesting my guess is your blog probably isn't part of the flags "briefing book" every morning.

    ReplyDelete
  2. You're right. The flags only come by once a week or so...

    Actually, when I worked for Rear Admiral Gabel several years ago, he asked me one day who'd pissed me off. Took me a couple of questions to him to figure out what he was talking about; he'd been reading the blog.

    I think this go 'round, I'm putting up one officer's request over freedom of speech. That, and, if he is one-the-money, I respect Allen too much and wouldn't want to "raise his ire" (as Gabel would say).

    And, I like my paycheck... ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Paychecks are nice. You always want to have one of them!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm still glad I no longer work for the CG and am about to retire from the reserves...

    What do you care? - you've publicly announced you're actively looking to leave the organization...you're a lame duck! ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Anonymouse,
    Peter's looking for a new civilian job. He's still planning on staying in the reserves. I respect him for removing the information for the time being since the source requested it.

    ReplyDelete
  6. "the source requested it"

    As Peter made quite clear, ADM Allen didn't request it, another not-as-senior officer did...

    ReplyDelete
  7. a not-as-senior who probably thinks themself more important than they are. my experience is that the smart ones of the organization move on to bigger and better things before they get to "not-as-senior" status. don't get me wrong, there are a few good ones...but only a few.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Well, since I was in the room as well I think that the Senior CG officer that maded the request did not do this because he thought himself, "...more important than they are." While I agree with you that there are not enough "good ones" at senior levels in our organizations. There are plenty of smart ones. Smart doesn't always mean good. However both of these CG officers are both.

    ReplyDelete
  9. "We're in for great four years, and he'll set up for an excellent four years following. It's a great time to be a Coastie."

    I would have to agree with this, I read his statement for nomination and I was intrigued with what he had to say. Your right, it should be a great four years. ~Ryan, CGinformation.org

    ReplyDelete
  10. I don't agree there are plenty of smart ones at the top. Smart enough to work the system to make it that far but as far as the senior folks I have dealt with the smart ones are few and far between. The not so bright, decision-phobic, dumb asses....plenty of those.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Ryan - If you all think that the COMDT, whoever that may be, can single-handedly institute organizational change then you are crazy. It is all of the mid-level humps that need to get off of their collective asses and help this organization out. SNHS Stains

    ReplyDelete
  12. I never said he would be able to do it by himself, the rest of us are here to help. Ryan, CGinformation.org

    ReplyDelete
  13. Ryan = The rest are here to make sure their OER is a good one. SNHS Stains

    ReplyDelete
  14. OER? Ah, frankly, Scarlet, I don't give a damn.

    I've found that officers who consider their OER when "doing stuff" generally aren't taking care of their shipmates (&, in particular, their subordinates) and aren't looking out into the long term. I pray I've never made a decision based on what it might look like in an OER; if I do, please shoot me. That's when it's time to go.

    I've found their are two kinds of decision makers in the Guard: those who make decisions based on how that decision is going to make them look or if it will save their skin... and those who make decisions based on whether the action is the right thing to do...

    ReplyDelete
  15. I would say you are in the minority and that's a shame.

    As far as decision makers go first you have to find one in the Coast Guard. Generally you run into the first type you describe who are in fact more concerned with how it will look. Those folks tend to push off the decisions on the junior members making it easy to take credit or assign blame. It's shameful but happens all too often. SNHS Stains

    ReplyDelete
  16. I once had a senior officer (and you can figure out which slot I'd place him in) tell me that my problem was I didn't "act like a junior officer should."

    Hmmm...

    I took it as a compliment, that's for sure.

    ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  17. A fine compliment indeed. I wish more JOs didn't act like JOs. SNHS Stains

    ReplyDelete
  18. Of course, he meant it in a derogatory manner... Oblivious he was...

    ReplyDelete
  19. Of course it was meant to be derogatory. I may only be an SNHS but I'm not stupid. Most senior officers generally act in a derogatory manner towards their junior folks. Starts at the Academy. SNHS Stains.

    ReplyDelete