BOSTON (NNS) -- The commander of Submarine Group 2 spoke with the distinguished membership of the Wardroom Club of Boston providing an assessment of future national security trends on Oct. 19.
The historical Club has been an active presence along the Boston waterfront since 1899 when its first president, John W. Weeks, assumed command.
The Club includes more than 400 members and associate members and is comprised of active duty and former Navy and Marine Corps officers, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine officers, as well Army and Air Force officers. Medal of Honor recipient, retired Capt. Tom Hudner Jr. was in attendance.
"There exists an ironclad bond and extremely close fellowship among those of us who have served our country operating on the 'High Seas'," said Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, commander, Submarine Group 2. "But it is especially strong among those of us who grew up here in the shadow of the great city of Boston."
The feeling of respect was mutual for the members who attended this monthly club meeting.
"There are very few flag officers from Massachusetts on active duty," said retired Capt. Robert Holland, who has been a member of the Wardroom Club for the past decade and prior to his retirement served in the Groton area as the commanding officer of USS Archerfish (SSN 678) and Commander Submarine Squadron 2.
"The club's members were honored to have a 'home grown' flag officer take time out of a very busy schedule to provide a presentation about the importance of the undersea forces."
Holland added that many of the club's members hail from the greater Boston area and were instantly intrigued by Breckenridge's earlier days working the stern of a lobster boat for his father, of his acceptance into the U.S. Naval Academy, and his interview with Adm. Hyman Rickover prior to entering the submarine force.
"Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge made a most positive impression on the club's membership," said Holland.
Previous guest speakers include Adm. James Stavridis and Gen. George R. Christmas.
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