I started to write a long essay, but scrapped it instead for this picture of my Smilin' Jack:
He comes from a long line of sailors yet surprised us when he entered OCS after earning his BA in music and then his MBA.
He lost his leg in a boating accident in March and is fighting his way back. His sunny attitude has never wavered. His desire to serve has never waned. I am confident that Ensign TJ Stecker II will earn his wings in 2010.
I couldn't be more proud.