|LT (JG) Shaina Hayden, USN (Nov 2008)|
U. S. Navy photo, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien
That business with the coffee cup and the helo? Nah, I'm not going to talk about that. Suffice to say, the man is a civilian and this old Master Sergeant wouldn't expect a civilian to know how to salute.
Especially that particular civilian. But enough about that.
Another big thing in some media outlets has been that lady fighter pilot from the U.A.E., Major Mariam Al Mansouri or perhaps more appropriately "رائد مريم المنصوري" if Google translate is any guide, which it can be. The major's name being مريم المنصوري and her rank of major is رائد (Ra'Ed) in most Arab countries. So my sources tell me.
Women in the service. Nothing new, we had them when I was nobbut an airman basic back in '75, we'll have them in 2075. Those opposed to the concept need to get over it. Those who wish to sensationalize it, please, it ain't news.
Before going any further, I just want to mention the excellent salute being rendered by LT (JG) Hayden in that opening photo. Makes the old Master Sergeant want to tear up just a bit, that is a mighty fine example of a proper salute. Not to mention which, the young lady is a contemporary of my two daughters who were JGs around that time frame. Both of them are now full Lieutenants as, no doubt is Ms. Hayden. If she's still on active duty that is.
So saluting. Back in my day there were some who saw the requirement for an enlisted person having to render a salute to an officer as somehow demeaning. As my old Sergeant told me, "If they don't like it, let'em go to college, get a degree and then get a commission. They earned that rank. Gotta show'em the proper respect."
Of course, the officer is required to return the salute as well. We aren't some rag-tag aristocratic society where the hoi-polloi are not required to acknowledge the help. No, we are members of a republic. We have no aristocrats. Ya got that DC, Hollywood?
So saluting a fellow member of the military is something to be proud of.
Note that I said "fellow member of the military" - got it?
There's a reason I don't watch much television anymore. Much ado about nothing.