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Navy chief petty officers are fond of saying that ship skippers will be successful if they only have the good sense to listen to their chiefs and do what they tell them to do.
In today's Navy, it would perhaps be more accurate to say that commanding officers should do what their chiefs--and their secretaries--tell them to do.
I was saddened to learn of Leola Dennison's recent passing. As her obituary noted, she spent many years telling Dahlgren commanders what to do (as well as a few technical directors--although that is not quite so difficult, because technical directors have occasionally been known to do what they are told).
Those of us who were at Dahlgren with Leola know that our Navy and our nation are a little bit better because of her service.
Kenneth A. Boyd
La Plata, Md.