Well, hello sailor!

The U.S. Navy continues to do a bang-up job on keeping us informed on what's happening with our boys on the high-seas.  Here's the info on the photo:

210215-N-RG587-1015 NORFOLK, VA (Feb. 15, 2021) Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Bellamy Oughton, from Lubbock, TX assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), stencils his gas mask carrier Feb. 15, 2021. Vella Gulf is pier side at Norfolk Naval Station conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dean M. Cates)

So, I am once again intrigued about what seems to be a high percentage of servicemen joining the Navy out of the Hub City. Do you think little boys spend their time staring in to the buffalo wallows dreaming of the ocean, or do you think it's just guys saying, "I'm getting out of this dadgum dry town the minute I can"?

There's another option that requires a little reading between the lines and that may be that the U.S. Navy is just doing a great job of matching locals up with great opportunities.  I think this guess is probably correct because it seems to me a lot of the servicemen from this area "shopped" the different services before making a commitment.

There is another option too. Maybe the Navy prefers folks out of Lubbock. Lubbock people are used to a little slower pace and may adjust to sea life just a little bit quicker. I think I'm going to have to pick up the phone and communicate with these guys because I really, truly am intrigued.

With that out of the way, we want to wish Bellamy a safe return to the Hub City and thank you SO much for serving our country.

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