As I wrap up my first year in the job, I look back and realize what a wild ride it has been – probably my toughest year professionally. I thank my lucky stars I had Mitch here on the journey, and that Shane is now on board helping in so many ways (this newsletter lay out is one small example). It has been a year of unexpected events and direction, probably the most critical year since our inception. It is a mixture of good and bad, but mostly good. I think in the out years it will be looked at as a time that we got back to basics. These are tough days that we are living in, tough for our Nation, our Navy, and our community. We have survived similar events in the past and they have made us stronger. We will survive this, accentuate the positives, and be poised for future opportunities because you are a vital part of the Navy. It’s time to close ranks, roll up our sleeves, and get this Mustang train back on its track.