Wednesday, November 09, 2011

... the rest of the story ....

Remember last week's "The Sound of Freedom?"

Well - here is the follow-on.
-----Original Message-----
From: Hubbard, Mark A CAPT CSFWP Commodore
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 5:15 PM
To: Carl Raabe
Cc: White, Michael S RDML(S) NPC, Pers-4; Black, Mark E CAPT CSFWP Deputy Commodore; Nelson, Todd M. CDR CSFWP OPS;
Subject: RE: Noise Complaint


I assure you that this has my fullest attention. I have directed my Operation team to investigate these repeated injustices and to bring me the names of all the guilty parties. I am expecting to receive a briefing from my Operation Officer early next week. In the mean time I have asked my staff to review our SOP, route descriptions, and tactical training procedures to ensure we have the guidance in place to achieve the "The five-star rating".

In fact, once we are complete with our investigation I personally plan to survey the route myself to ensure we have not overlooked any training opportunities and will encourage others to do so as well.

I firmly believe that if we do not use these training routes to their fullest we may in fact loose them all together. Thankfully, we have great Americans like you who remind us that there are still some that appreciate the "Sound of Freedom". For that reminder I applaud your letter and tenacity to go directly to the top!

I would like to offer by way of apology an opportunity to re-blue the resonance of jet noise that will in fact shake you to the bone. If you and your wife would be my guest at our air show I would be honored. I have a limited number of VIP seats but would like to send you an invite to attend either Saturday the 15th or Sunday the 16th of October.

If you would be so kind to send me your address I will have an invitation in the mail in short order. Sir, it would be an honor to make your acquaintance.

Proud to Serve,

CAPT Mark A. Hubbard USN Commander Strike Fighter Wing Pacific

-----Original Message-----
From: Carl Raabe
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 17:28
To: Hubbard, Mark A CAPT CSFWP Commodore Cc: White, Michael S RDML(S) NPC, Pers-4; Black, Mark E CAPT CSFWP Deputy Commodore; Nelson, Todd M. CDR CSFWP OPS;
Subject: RE: Noise Complaint

Captain Hubbard,

Thank you for your prompt and complete attention to this matter.

I am indeed encouraged and heartened by your rapid response to these past travesties. I am confident that your forcefulness in placing your hands firmly on the helm of this issue will pay dividends for all us... Your young aviators will get the training they truly deserve, the country will be better served by having the most competent aviators in the world, and I will get my "5 star rated" fly-bys. What more can we ask for?

Your leadership on this issue is exemplary, and is a credit to you and the Naval Service. I would be most pleased to favorably endorse your next FitRep accordingly, to ensure that the next promotion board is fully aware of your outstanding contribution to our country and the Naval Service.

If I may be of additional service, I will gladly assist your staff in any capacity as they pursue the work you have assigned them in reviewing this military training route. Even if the contribution is as small as providing occasional critiques of the aviator's route performance (from the comfort of my lounge chair by the pool), I will answer the call.

Your offer to accommodate both my wife and I as your guests at the Lemoore air show is both gracious and generous, and is a sign of your stellar leadership. Accordingly, we humbly accept your offer with great gratitude. We would be honored to attend the air show on Saturday, 15 October.

We look forward to meeting you, and being a part of this great event.

Best regards,

Carl & Gale Raabe

P.S. There is an answer to the above question, "What more can we ask for?"..... My wife says that attending this air show, with its "bone-shaking" jet noise, will hopefully, finally shut me up. She has had to tolerate the last 21 years in this house of my complaints about not enough jet noise and afterburners (on active duty, that need was satisfied by endless hours on the LSO platform on the Connie and Indy, and countless hours at the LSO shack out at NASL 32L). She has repeatedly stated that my complaints are louder than the jet noise, and she wants that changed.
There's no good USA F-18 low level video I can find ... so ....


Alo said...

God Bless the Navy.  Y'all are my 2nd favorite service.

Andy said...

Thankyew, thankyew verra verra much! BTW, lots of flight time on the low level route in question and am familiar with the property in question. 8-)

Actus Rhesus said...


Wharf Rat said...

he resolution of this 'problem' is awesome.  
But I need a ruling here.  Two weeks ago I toured USS CALIFORNIA SSN 781 two days before commissioning and toured USS NORFOLK SSN 714 on 10/28.  We rec. some publicity on as we are PCU MINNESOTA commissioning members getting some info. on the process.  
If jet fighters are the 'sound of freedom', what is the accurate description of our bubble heads?  SBD?  Silent but deadly, which has also brought a ton of laughter to my house as I have two boys who've milked that through the years. >:o

ewok40k said...

I'd say subs would be silent, unseen blade waiting in the dark for an enemy foolish enough to threaten your country... Ninjas of the Sea?

Grandpa Bluewater said...

Just the Silent Service that names it's ships after killers of the deep (mmm, need to get back to that second part) will cover it just fine, thanks.

It's best to specialize in being inconspicuous. The enemy's first indication of trouble should be a large explosion at M. O. T. (middle of target, for the peanut gallery). Final sighting?

"Dust Upon the Sea".

"Run Silent, Run Deep" will do fine for a motto, should anyone need one.

But I've said more than enough, already.

OldCOB said...

Wharf Rat.  Bubblehead is one word and it should always be said in a respectful manner by anyone not wearing dolphins.

Grandpa.  I prefer Death from Below. At least we won't have a submarine named after Murtha.  The Jimmy Carter is bad enough.

Gaetano01 said...

OK, here's your U.S. F/A-18 low-level fly-by:

Grandpa Bluewater said...

OldCOB: An artistic and poetic preference, but certainly acceptable.

It is said Admiral King would have preferred to make only two press releases:

1. The Congress has declared war upon Japan and its Axis allies. Additional information will follow at the appropriate time.

2. The War is over. The US Navy is victorious. That is all.

It has a certain panache, I must admit.

Grandpa Bluewater said...

I like the Army-Air Force 4th and 5th too, and look forward to their inevitable and appropriate reunion. :-D

After all they have a better combat record than the NOAA Commissioned Corps, and a generally better military appearance than the Public Health Service, so it's not like I'm biased toward the sea services. ;)

Wharf Rat said...

I have nothing but respect for all 'bubbleheads' - just wanted you to know.  I will make sure from now on - one word.

OldCOB - I have spent extensive time with the COB from PCU MINNESOTA, and I will tell you that if you're anything like him, there would be laughter, alot of laughter. 

As for running the boat, he said something like 'we eat our young' 8-)