It's easy to get lost and mesmerized amongst the spectrum of colors bouncing off the mirrors in the photonics lab at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific). The hypnotic colors reflected are, in fact, lasers and the kaleidoscopic light show is the future of data transmission.
"I remember loading up in the truck and the next thing I know I'm seeing dust at my feet, my ears are ringing and I'm seeing dust everywhere. I remember seeing a glimpse of the front window of the 'MAT-V' (M-ATV, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All-Terrain Vehicle)."
Christina was having a routine morning. Medical was a little busy because it was a periodic health assessment (PHA) day. Thirty to fifty Sailors were standing in line anxiously waiting for lab techs like Christina to draw their blood.
It is the summer of 1997. Temperatures are in the 90s and there is a slight wind blowing. Children are playing in the streets in the city of Columbus, Ohio. The living room carpet in the newly-rented house has a gray and black swirl design. The white walls are plastered with bullet holes.
As we mark the Navy Reserve Centennial, I want to thank all of you who serve - Sailors, civilians and families. Over the past century, the Navy Reserve has made tremendous contributions in both peacetime and war.