The first spot in our series, "Something More", is designed to remind all of us of a younger, more innocent, perhaps more purely motivated time in our lives. It is for those who chose service over security and selflessness over selfishness, who at some point were looking for something that went beyond the commonplace and the mundane. They were looking for something more...
One of the hallmarks of those who chose a career path in the military is their dedication of service to the nation–supporting and defending the nation’s foundational values contained in our Constitution. In this spot, entitled "Can I Be More?," we follow the continuing search begun in "Something More" of our young perspective plebes, but this time on a journey which takes them beyond the conventional narrow and self-serving viewpoint of youth.
If the previous two spots were designed to remind midshipmen of their earliest aspirations that drew them to military service, "Remember" is about the unique place of the Naval Academy among the service Academies—a lens into the Naval Academy’s traditions and values, as well as the memories it honors and the honor it ingrains in our memories.
In "Isn't Enough" we use the intimate power of our camera to push beyond questions of mere athletics, revealing a principle those who are older and wiser understand: that the greatest foe we will ever truly face is ourselves.
The almost hallowed tradition of Navy Football is one that excites and stirs any who wear the blue and gold. It is a place where teamwork means everything and we learn that the many share in both the defeats and the victories of the few.
For every perfectly balanced move we witness on the bars or rings, the gymnast has fallen a thousand times, lost focus, lost concentration, grew tired and failed.
The call to honor is one that must be continually renewed by challenging ourselves, evaluating our attitudes and decisions and asking the hard questions that penetrate our heart and soul.
In the eighth spot of our series, entitled "Preparation,” we look at the disciplined preparation, both internally and externally, of a female athlete readying herself to compete as a member of the USNA crew team. Women's voices, particularly at the Naval Academy, are both powerful and unique and provide new opportunities to examine questions of honor and choice.
In this second spot in our crew series, entitled "It’s Personal," we examine some of the greater principles involving both women and choice. Traditionally, water is considered a feminine element. It is no mistake that the traditions reference both the sea and the vessels that navigate upon it as feminine and to our very country as our "motherland.”
Perhaps in understanding the unique voice and strength of women in Naval and Marine culture, we will better grasp our true responsibilities as officers, both male and female.
What calls us to excel in sports, to push beyond our limits, to strive for the very best version of who we are? To become our best selves can often be a lonely quest. We will seldom have anyone but ourselves to judge, to know the truth, to spur us on to achieve.
Likewise, the pursuit of honor will rarely provide witness to our acts. At times have to simply answer to something deeper, something far more vast than adulation, perhaps a call from our very spirit. But in rising to that call, we are transformed, reshaped and truly become greater than the sum of our parts.
It is vitally important that our future officers see their choices in a greater context. Their actions are perceived as the actions of a nation. Our spot, entitled "Faces of America", reminds us all we are not alone in our choices, that "the thousand eyes" of a nation are at our backs.
In the summer of 1960, two young men joined the ranks of the United States Naval Academy. Four years later they would both graduate and become naval pilots carrying out missions off aircraft carriers in Southeast Asia. Eventually, a week apart, each would be shot down over North Vietnam and each spend the next 5 1/2 years tortured, isolated and imprisoned as prisoners of war.
Captain Charlie Plumb and Captain Read Mecleary spent 5 ½ long years as a prisoners of war often tapping through the walls to each other, sharing their thoughts, hopes and dreams for the future
In 1967, Naval pilot Captain Charlie Plumb, graduate of the US Naval Academy Class of 1964, climbed into the cockpit of his F4 Phantom onboard the aircraft carrier USS Kittyhawk. He had flown 74 successful combat missions over Vietnam and was five days from returning home to the United States, to his new wife he had just married before deployment. This was to be his last mission.