Navy Admiral Promotes U.S. Military Service

United States Navy Admiral John B. Nathman visited Santa Barbara earlier this month for a couple speaking engagements hosted by the Santa Barbara Council of the Navy League when he discussed the importance and value of military service.

“These Navy League events provide an essential information link between the public and the needs of the sea services, supporting the men and women who are protecting our freedoms and our way of life,” says Navy League President Karen Crawford.

In a November 1 speech before UCSB students, Admiral Nathman spoke at length about the importance of contributing to a country rather than expecting services from that same nation.

He said he is proud to be part of the “warrior ethic” for the United States. He also outlined what service to the United States for its military men and women involves: challenges, discipline and leadership.

Admiral Nathman is currently responsible for organizing, manning, training and equipping Navy Forces; for providing planning support to combatant commanders; for deterring, detecting and defending against homeland airtime threats; and for articulating fleet war fighting and readiness capabilities to the Chief of Naval Operations.

On November 2, Admiral Nathman spoke about “Today's Navy: Ready and Relevant” at the Channel City Club luncheon, held at the Doubletree Hotel. The discussion, striking on similar points and themes as the UCSB speech, will air later this week on Santa Barbara’s Channel 21 on Saturday at 7:30 am and 7 pm and Sunday at 4 pm.

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