My daughter Cindy sent me a picture and "The Fire Controlman’s Creed" yesterday. Cindy is in her CIWS C-School at Naval Base San Diego. Cindy is currently an FCSN and will graduate C-School July 3rd and then go to the Fleet. Thank you Cindy. We love you.
This is like the Sailors Creed but for my rate.
The Fire Controlman’s Creed
I am a Fire Controlman, a Petty Officer in the United States Navy. My work is the operation and maintenance of the weapons aboard the fighting ships of the Navy. I am a trained specialist and technical assistant in the weapons department of my ship. I am required to know, operate, and maintain intricate scientific precision instruments. To do this, I must have a thorough knowledge of the work of an Electronics Technician, Machinist Mate, Gunners Mate, Machinery Repairman, Operations Specialist, and Engineman. My aim in life is to know my job; to know everything that pertains to practical gunnery and ordnance. As long as there is any operation or piece of equipment I do not fully understand, my job is not complete. In the event of war, I must be prepared for any emergency. I must be capable of and competent to fill my station, or perform any operation in the weapons department of my ship; to assume command of, spot, or control the fire of any battery. In addition to being competent to perform any operation, I will strive to know my maintenance duties so well that I may maintain the battle efficiency of my ship, even on a darkened ship, under enemy fire. This to the end… THAT THE SHIP MAY FIGHT AS LONG AS SHE IS AFLOAT!
Cindy also ordered us a Pizza and Pepsi Sunday and had it delivered to our house as a surprise. It was delicious. :) She is so thoughtful.