Category: Tracy D. Connors, Ph.D.

Commentary and perspective by Dr. Tracy Connors on current topics and issues.

The most uncivil outcome of all

Recently, a classmate sadly compared the era during which we were raised and the coarseness of today’s national rhetoric.  He contrasted the civility at home, school, and public life discourse at that time, with the torrent of coarse, defamatory, and divisive discourse we endure today. I certainly agreed with basics of his comparison.   Today’s national … Continue reading The most uncivil outcome of all

Dangerous birthday candles

Too many birthday candles might produce unintended excitement… Birthdays Can Be Memorable In More Ways Than You Think… The calendar says it’s my birthday. Again. And, so soon after the last one. Of course, I’m grateful to still be having them, the alternative lacking greatly in every respect.  However, they seem to be arriving sooner, … Continue reading Dangerous birthday candles

An Opportunity to Bring Wayne and Ron Home

Our Korean War Veterans saved a nation from a future of unimaginable bleakness, restored an Ally, and stopped Communist aggression. They did so not for glory or national grandeur. They defended Freedom, protected Freedom, and preserved Freedom in Korea because the United States of America, asked these “Greatest Generation” young men to do so. That … Continue reading An Opportunity to Bring Wayne and Ron Home

Jacksonville University Vision: to provide the means and the mentors where we could fulfill our dreams

From the Main Gate at NAS Jacksonville to Moussorgsky’s “Gates of Kiev” Just before I graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1957, I had been offered an appointment to Annapolis by Congressman Charles E. Bennett, but a physical was required. When the Navy Corpsman told me that Annapolis required at least 20/100 correctable to … Continue reading Jacksonville University Vision: to provide the means and the mentors where we could fulfill our dreams

Future Shock or Future Shape: Looking ahead by looking back

Looking ahead by looking back October 1973 was a busy month around the world. Israel, Jordan, Egypt were fighting the Yom Kippur War, Gerald Ford was nominated to replace the under indictment Spiro Agnew as Vice President, Maynard Jackson was elected as the first black mayor of Atlanta, OPEC raised the price of oil by … Continue reading Future Shock or Future Shape: Looking ahead by looking back

Remembering a Korean War Hero: Captain Elliot Dean Ayer, USAF

Captain Elliot Dean Ayer, USAF, was a decorated fighter pilot of WWII and the Korean War. A Pearl Harbor Veteran as a 17-year old gunner, he earned his AAF wings, personal decorations and a Captaincy by the end of the war. Rather than leave the rapidly demobilizing Air Force, he served as a Master Sergeant, … Continue reading Remembering a Korean War Hero: Captain Elliot Dean Ayer, USAF

Navy Gives Second Fleet Second Chance

The Navy has announced it is reestablishing the Second Fleet. A lot of us who served proudly in that Fleet, are thinking “told you so.” A more fundamental question is where are leaders like Burke, Rickover, and Metcalf (21st Century Navy) to speak up, call out, and decry strategic decisions that undermine or threaten our … Continue reading Navy Gives Second Fleet Second Chance

Carrier Captain’s Night Orders: “Call Me…”

Before relieving the Officer of the Deck Underway (OOD u/w), the on-coming OOD was required to prepare himself thoroughly. Reading and initialing the Captain’s Night Orders was an important step in the relieving process.  They were read and initialed before every watch between 2100 – 0800. In other words,  periods when the Captain might be … Continue reading Carrier Captain’s Night Orders: “Call Me…”

CAPT Tracy D. Connors, USN (Ret)

Eagle Scout: End of a brand that took a century to build?

The national Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America recently announced that girls will be welcomed into all programs sponsored by that organization. Previously the Sea Scouts and Venturing programs allowed young women 14 years of age or older to participate. The new decision will allow girls to participate in all programs of … Continue reading Eagle Scout: End of a brand that took a century to build?

USS Saipan (LHA 2)

  “We do it all!”  (USS Saipan LHA-2 motto) These Log Entries will highlight the USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during the early 1980’s during which this Watch Stander spent many months aboard–from the waters off Norfolk and Little Creek, to New York’s exciting harbor, and to the frigid, but beautiful and strategically important waters of the … Continue reading USS Saipan (LHA 2)