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Friday, June 15, 2007

Huge Scandal! Must Credit Bubblehead!

The Navy NewsStand has a couple of pictures (here and here) of one of those events that makes being on a submarine in-port a good deal -- some famous athletes, including the legendary L. C. Greenwood, visiting USS Albany (SSN 753).

So what's scandalous about that? Well, check out one of the the pictures:

"But, Bubblehead, that picture doesn't look scandalous," you're probably saying. It's not, huh? Check out the caption:

Lt. Fredrick Wissen, engineering officer USS Albany (SSN 753) gets autographs from the legendary L.C. Greenwood, a former star of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Greenwood toured Albany as part of Summerfest 2007 hosted by Naval Station Norfolk's Morale Welfare and Recreation.
Now, I'm personally always interested to see a submarine Engineer get The Good Deal, so I was excited for LT Wissen. I figured he must have just relieved as Eng, since he still had railroad tracks on (for the non-submariners out there, submarine Engineers get an automatic "spot promotion" to O-4 just because they're so darned good.) I downloaded the hi-res version of the picture, and as I was looking for interesting or humorous items in the photo I noticed something strange about LT Wissen's nametag. When I zoomed in, I was shocked at what I found:

Do you see the problem now? Clearly printed right under the Lieutenant's name you can clearly see the beginning of the words "Combat Systems". He apparently isn't really the Eng at all! The real Eng is probably back aft supervising some dumb evolution while the CSO is up there hob-knobbing with the rich and famous. How unfair is that?

So why would Navy NewsStand attempt to mislead us like that? Well, one might say that this was simply an innocent mistake, but is that really the most likely explanation? If you listen to progressives, we know that President Bush is responsible for all evil in the world, and routinely orders the military to lie. I'm guessing that the evil Karl Rove hacked into the Navy NewsStand server and changed the text for his own nefarious purposes, on President Bush's orders. Why did he do it? Probably to distract attention from whatever scandal they're trying to distract attention from today.


Blogger Unknown said...

The real Eng is probably back aft supervising some dumb evolution while the CSO is up there hob-knobbing with the rich and famous. How unfair is that?

Meh, you Engs get your spot promotions, so get in the back and push, nuke!
The Weps heads the dept. that the boat exists for, the one that puts ordinance on target, so of course he should be entitled to some glory.


Of course, the CS dept is the only dept. I have never served in, and you would *never* have heard that last paragraph come out of my mouth on the boat - it was bad enough that I had to share a stateroom with our Weps :-)

6/15/2007 7:41 AM

Blogger Curt said...

The LCDR Temp-Spot doesn't happen immediately... ENGs are LTs for a short bit...


6/15/2007 10:48 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Geez, you MUST HAVE been the ENG in your previous life. Nobody else would be that anal than to zoom down on a nametag to check what Dept the guy was from! I'll bet you invalidated pre-crits because some RT's initials were written upsidedown in the block while doing 2-person checks.

6/18/2007 7:31 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

In fact, this is so anal you must have been a BOOMER ENGINEER!!!

6/18/2007 11:20 AM


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