Giving Thanks

USS George Washington with escorts

Today, the Sailors of the George Washington Battlegroup are steaming towards the Yellow Sea, to participate in Naval Exercises with South Korea, in response to North Korea’s shelling of Yeonpyeong Island this week.  Of course, tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and the Sailors will be absent from their families once again. For Sailors in the Forward Deployed Naval Forces, this is routine.  I have had my share of Thanksgiving meals served shipboard, and I don’t miss them.  In fact, I missed plenty of Christmases, Birthdays, and Weddings as well.  Today, I give thanks that I am home with my family, and that these Sailors and their families are making a sacrifice for all of us.  It is certainly not easy, as my wife will attest.