Serving the people of the United States of America and our Allied nations as an officer in the United States Navy has been the most fulfilling and rewarding experience of my professional life. In fact, serving in the Navy over the past 30 years has, indeed, been the very foundation of my life.
The women and men of the United States Navy, and our highly regarded service counterparts of the Marines, Army, and Air Force personnel, are deeply committed to public service.
I was fortunate to work alongside them for the past thirty years.
I have also had the honor of working with civilian federal employees, contractors, and a host of non-governmental officials in our quest to maintain peace by preparing for the absence of the same.
My 30-year journey in the United States Navy began in America the beautiful, with plenty of waypoints in the Middle East, Germany, Japan, China, Australia, Korea, and so many points in between.
The destinations were great.
But it is the people I’ve met along the way who have proven to be the greatest contributors to this wondrously fascinating journey of career, life, and love.
How does one adequately review, parse, and convey three decades of service in 20 or so minutes? I’m not sure if I will be able to capture every nuance… but I will take a look back on those 30 years on March 23, 2018.
And I would love for you to be there to celebrate my retirement from the United States Navy on...
Friday, the twenty-third day of March at ten o’clock in the morning on Battleship Missouri, Ford Island, Hawaii, Battleship Missouri Memorial, located at 63 Cowpens St, Honolulu, Hawaii.
If you can, please RSVP and say you will be there!
John H. Clark III
Commander, United States Navy