A Memory Stirs
- 606 Cesario, Robert C. by Cmdr Eddie Johnson
610 Duffin, Kevin B. by Cmdr Patricia Walsh
111 Hamilton, Raymond J. by Cmdr Robert Roman
189 Ramirez, Jose G. by Cmdr Genessa Lewis
193 Sanchez, James R. by Cmdr Joseph Gorman
189 Sanchez, Noel by Cmdr James O’Grady
196 Valadez, Francis A. by ADS Steven Georgas
193 Waller, Fred L. by Cmdr Walter Green
153 Watson, Larry W. by Cmdr James Roussell
Now, with the pending return of Hamilton (following a five year Leave of Absence) the potential for a clean sweep arises once again, as 8 of the 9 have already been promoted at least once, some twice, one maybe three times. We are told that one recently passed away, which is regrettable, but that hasn't stopped his classmates from rocketing to the upper echelons of the command structure. By the way, 2 of the 21 other lieutenants made exempt rank - a 9% success rate - as opposed to the 88% success rate of the "chosen ones."
Any odds on how soon another gold star is issued to the 9th "merit" pick? If they can make a guy a Commander after being found "not credible" by a United States' Federal Judge, why not a guy off the job for 5 years?