Number 4 Hero of the Year Award

28 Dec

A very heartfelt congratulations to Admiral Mike Mullen, for earning the Number 4 spot for Hero of the Year Award.  Well done!  Admiral Mullen has secured his place in history as an agent of change that worked to further civil rights in our country.  His voice is not alone in our military.  Reading Mullen’s testimony on December 2, brought tears to my eyes.

Back in February, when I testified to this sentiment, I also said that I believed the men and women of the Armed Forces could accommodate such a change. But I did not know it for a fact. Now, I do.

One final word. And with all due respect, Mr. Chairman and Senator McCain, it is true that, as Chairman, I am not in charge of troops. But I have commanded three ships, a carrier battle group and two fleets. And I was most recently a Service Chief myself. For more than 40 years I have made decisions that affected and even risked the lives of young men and women.

You do not have to agree with me on this issue. But don’t think for one moment that I haven’t carefully considered the impact of the advice I give on those who will have to live with the decisions that that advice informs. I would not recommend repeal of this law if I did not believe in my soul that it was the right thing to do for our military, for our nation and for our collective honor. Thank you.

I applaud Mullen’s courage and bravery!  You have certainly become the hero of many.  Click here to see the full article.

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