2013 was overall an amazing year. The commissioning of my ship, USS Anchorage (LPD 23) was a culmination of two years of hard work and it paid off tenfold. I feel like this year brought everything full circle with regards to my career in the Navy.
I’ve met really great people and have had the honor and pleasure of serving alongside some of the most selfless people in the Navy. They have taught me the value of dedication and have embraced our core values with a passion that I wish to emulate as I move forward.
I feel as though this may very well be my final look back on a year as a Sailor. But I am not sad because I know that whatever the future holds for me, I have made a lot of great friends in my shipmates.
Alas, today we also saw the passing of a great hero in human rights. This is one of my favorite quotes:
“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”