Adm. Teaches Truman the Importance of Women's History

Story Number: NNS070402-16Release Date: 4/2/2007 4:23:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jymyaka Braden, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) welcomed aboard Rear Adm. Wendi Carpenter, Duty Commander 2nd Fleet March 28 as guest speaker at Truman's Women's History Month celebration.

The theme for the ceremony was "Generations of Women Moving History Forward."

Carpenter discussed how the people of the armed forces continue to move forward by having good leaders who embrace diversity and are motivated to succeed and help others succeed.

"I don't think they have to be the first to be pioneers," said Carpenter, "[Leaders] don't accept no for an answer, have a strong will, always willing to reach down and help others."

Religious Program Specialist Seaman Bobby Knight said caring is a part of quality leadership.

"How can you be a leader and not care if your people succeed or not? Good leaders are dedicated, attentive, and proactive," Knight said.

Carpenter said good leaders have mentors and in turn make good mentors. She said mentorship is about friendship and is an important part of moving forward as well. It transcends rank, rate, race and gender.

Fire Controlman 3rd Class Eric Best said quality leaders are trustworthy, willing to listen and understanding.

"My leadership, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Jillian Favors, is great," said Best, "She is very proactive when she tells me to do something. She's very open and doesn't stress a lot."

"My last master chief would come in the [passage way] and clean with us during happy hour," said Best, "I'm talking about bend down and sweep it in the dust pan or help you clean the head."

During her speech Carpenter showed how her father explained mentorship to her.

"Just spend time with them and they'll get the point," she said as she held a coin in her hand, "After a while you won't notice it's there, but it still makes an impression. What's important is the impact you have on people."

She said the qualities she admires in her mentors are grace and humility.

"Our destiny is in each other's hand. Reach for it and move forward together," she said.

In conclusion, Carpenter offered a quote from Harry S. Truman, "Bring the fight to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Don't apologize or back down from your decisions. Give 'em hell."

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