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To welcome it two -- stage your commander Curtis Jones he is the commanding officer.
All of the USS.
New York now this is a ship it contains seven and a half tons of World Trade Center steel.
And what do you have the honor being the chairman of the commissioning.
Committee of the USS New York must be -- great honor.
-- it it is a great honor and -- I've.
That the commander I've visited the ship.
Just extremely impressed we should mention for those who don't know what it was already been christened though the bottle of champagne every are good but.
What you were chairman of his win this thing comes to life usually say right that's correct that's correct.
And -- you know to talk to the commander why USS new York and this is apparently the fifth -- up.
Name all of going all it back -- revolutionary war.
Named the USS New York that's correct its name from the city and for the state it is the -- ship and is also have to be the fifth of the San Antonio class.
And and the -- futures obviously the seven seven and a half -- troops in the field and built into the bout should.
The most important part of the -- absolutely it's one of the strongest points -- the ship.
And where it isn't about should actually leads us through the water so as we -- into our mission we are are being -- touched every day by.
The events of a model do you sense that do you sense the poignancy of the of the materials from that -- absolutely.
-- I got a chance to guru visit the ship before I went to Afghanistan about one.
And the ship -- -- -- salt water washed up -- the -- and had a chance walked underneath the ship and touched it for the first time and if an electric reaction every year my body stood on that and we should mention by the way it's gonna be housing a lot of Marines you can get 700 Marines an issue that's correct.
We can't we carry 700 Marines.
And all their equipment and we go where is that the our national past in Texas to go.
By the way did you have the same reaction when you when you saw the christening the ship.
You could feel the presence of of the poignancy -- I didn't see that Chris saying but I saw they ship and I -- -- -- and yes.
Everybody in the yard all the people that the commanders -- which is amazing.
In the organization military's pretty incredible this ship is.
How how big is a ship.
It's 680 feet long and a 105 feet across and one of the things that impressed me is the crew is very very -- this is a business -- so.
You've got people -- -- 11100 you've got 300 -- and up to.
Over 700 and Marines plus.
Doctors nurses and so on correct all very young I met them they'll look like -- seven -- that obviously over that affect how do you not I know how do you manage I mean.
Talk about you're the commander and you've got a thousand people that are youthful.
That's a and so on -- that that's true motion.
The more born.
Probably after I joined the navy and so having having the ability communicate to bring them together and that's really what the whole.
Project is about is that teamwork and building those teams we cannot do you know one person can do it all and creating that team and having that functionality together that's that's where we achieve you know the success in -- in in meeting the mission.
Course that's why training of boot camp is so significant in the military absolutely had ever so I've never seen a graduation ceremony -- -- Parris island and you see a different human being if you see this on your son or daughter before they go in you see them at the graduation ceremony -- -- -- under our.
-- the West Coast and they are a different human being.
Absolutely and one of the things that they they get during that process is a sense of the overall mission.
And the ability to talk to -- of those we start building a language obviously on the -- talks and one way the Marines -- a different -- bit.
All completely different from what the average person on the street talk for so much responsibility.
When I was going this is very complicated.
Thing running Asia.
A lot of different -- yet to defend yourself -- to deploy Marines you have to take your memories of that there wounded.
-- all done by young people that that's correct but just like with a team on the field you break it down into small pieces.
And everyone's got their role -- position and they were responsible for asking that peace and you have to assemble it and then.
-- -- for now used to be that there were turf battles and and they're still aren't sure but of course the Marines are part of the navy but still.
After the war in Iraq and be really be getting after 9/11 itself.
You saw a unity among those services that that I hadn't seen before I asked I asked my son and other members of the military know.
They said it's true.
Further these task force forces have of Marines and and -- and navy and army getting together work better together than they had before do you sense that as a result of 9/11.
My time in Afghanistan -- -- a joint task force and I was working for an army colonel.
Had Marines that were working side by side of me had obviously had -- -- -- -- -- -- air force.
-- that were doing a lot more of that.
They and they are the turf battles completely debtors are still little rivalry -- absolutely not -- mean even within you know when you get turf battles everywhere intern but.
It's more submerged now and and we were -- are -- able to work our way through that.
They're commissioning is going to be November 7 correcting in New York itself that's correct what will be your first mission do you know -- do you have to wait for hours well for the first year or so of the ship's life we go through training and certification process -- like.
A yearlong training and training camp for for a team.
So we have to get everyone proficient in all of their attacks and everything they're supposed to be here we go through that for about a year.
At that point in time than we've really truly become -- for full on task have you ever been commander leadership that has come to life.
I've never had command of the ship before they -- looked up by the way I guess that's the phrase you used it it's extraordinary thing I saw -- -- with the bush ship.
Recently when you see -- ship come to life -- out of out of nothing it's it's an amazing experience to see.
It is it is where we're really looking forward in -- and doing.
One -- the things that's being done here which I think is pretty novel I made maybe not Dolan now and that is -- we are creating a fund.
They'll be at your discretion that she'll use a -- a million dollars.
There were gonna do for this particular ship.
And they captain the commander you're allowed to you give that money out to people for various things mostly education.
And provide them things that they can't get through -- through the military.
And -- education's the key to progressing in the military you're an MIT graduate.
This sounds like a pretty guy is is this an idea that will translate to other ship.
So or other parts of military.
We hope so meant there are there are similar things in some places but one -- we're hoping to do you like you said that it right on the head.
Education is the key for everything where there's a very advanced ship.
Highly technical nothing can be done without the network and an all these kind of things -- not the the ships of the past.
So without the ability to.
Get an education.
You really start to.
Diminish in your ability to contribute to a whole organization.
And this is an effort to get everybody on board and help you know help them help themselves and I -- it's right -- and that's amazing thing.
For the big commanders we got to wrap because of the poignancy of the day.
How has 9/11 you've been in the military long enough to seem to change after nine elevenths.
How is 9/11 changed the role in the purpose of the military in this country.
Well we're no longer focused.
On one large.
Enemy now now the enemy or the threat problem more appropriately.
Can be found in any in any location and so how we approach it.
How we have to fight.
Is very different and and true that fight is more than just the military pieces that's got to be a spectrum approach.
It's everywhere absolutely commander Kurt shows great to see a -- -- congratulate have for the commissioning thank you to --
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