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849 Reasons You’ll Never Succeed

View Full Album Major General Stephen Layfield, the reviewing officer at the Navy’s June 11 Boot Camp Graduation, introduced my son, AT Jack Hennessy, and 848 of Jack’s fellow sailors to America’s enemies. He mocked at our enemies’ plots to destroy America, pointing out that before him stood “eight hundred and forty-nine reasons why you’ll never succeed.” The crowd of about 4,000 roared. The sailors, in ranks, could not even clap. Read more →

Jack Called Home

I heard from my son, Jack, tonight for the first time since he left for Navy boot camp on April 14. He is doing well. He survived the first week. He’s been declared fit for full duty. He’s learned to fold things very compactly, to recite the General Orders to the Sentry on command, and to identify his Chain of Command through the President of the United States. If boot camp hasn’t changed, week two is worse that week one, but I didn’t tell him that. Read more →