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  •  My state representative captained the Iowa (5+ / 0-)

    I knew that ship name rang a bell. From Washington State Representative Larry Seaquist's military bio:

    In 1986 he returned to sea in command of battleship USS Iowa (BB 61), recently modernized and recommissioned after service in WWII and the Korean War. Iowa's crew of 1500 had been selected from top-drawer sailors and officers from all over the fleet. Iowa served as President Reagan's flagship in New York harbor during the July 4th, 1986 International Naval Review and rededication of the Statue of Liberty. After training operations with NATO in the North Atlantic and Norwegian Sea and in the Caribbean region, Iowa led the first modern battleship battlegroup into the Mediterranean Sea in 1987. Continuing on through the Suez canal, the Iowa battlegroup then operated for several months in the North Arabian Sea and Straits of Hormuz to provide protection to US-flagged tankers when the Iran-Iraq war spilled into the waters of the Persian Gulf. During these operations Iowa's  crews systematically created modern 16" gunnery techniques, gunnery training methods, and gunnery safety procedures including the world's first use of TV-equipped drone aircraft for gunnery. Iowa won many awards include two battle efficiency "Es" and many other honors including an unprecedented "perfect" score in nuclear weapons safety.

    In 1988, Captain Seaquist returned to the Pentagon as the Assistant Director of Strategy and Policy in the Joint Staff (J-5) where he oversaw the development of all U.S. military strategic plans including nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare defense planning and helped set in motion radically different planning mechanisms to enable the U.S. military to adjust to rapid changes in the international security climate.

    In 1989, he was asked to join the Office of the Secretary of Defense in order to help create a group of new security policy and resource oversight organizations. As the Assistant to the Dep-uty Under Secretary of Defense for Policy he helped orchestrate a series of top-level strategy re-views which radically altered U.S. national security policy as the Cold War came to an end and the U.S. recognized that a "revolution in military affairs" required that military forces and opera-tions be transformed. He helped direct both the strategy for and the history of the Gulf War, he directed the multi-million dollar annual strategy research program, and he conceived and implemented the strategy of "counterproliferation" to modernize American responses to the growing international problem of nuclear, chemical, and biological capability proliferation. Throughout this period he worked closely with senior officers from each of the military services and with sen-ior officials from the White House, State Department, and Congress. He spoke frequently to citizen's groups on military policy and security strategy issues. In 1990 he served for nearly a year as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning responsible for directing the work of a large staff of specialized policy and regional affairs analysts and research projects. From time to time he also served briefly as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense. His earlier career included two professional development sabbaticals: 1975-76 he was a Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC where he wrote a monograph on military resource allocation strategies and explored civilian executive and strategy-making methods. In 1983-84 he was selected for the Navy's Strategic Studies Group where he concentrated on strategies to manage regional conflicts short of war. This fellowship involved extensive travel in the Middle East and Europe plus an around-the-world executive development tour.

    Captain Seaquist completed his career in the Office of Net Assessment, a famed in-house think tank in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon, where he examined the changing nature of conflict and created new wargaming methods in  order to engage the non-military organizations of the international community in new forms of military-civilian security strategies.
    Source: Larry Seaquist Cafe Politique

    Larry is a fiscal conservative who believes in cutting "fat" from the state budget - for example, sending ferry design RFPs out for competitive bid instead of employing 150 people in downtown Seattle to design boats, most of which are never built - in order to get more money for his priorities, education and health care. He is largely a progressive and can often be counted on (though not 100% of the time) to vote for the progressive position. He also, like our state senator, takes the time to personally call back constituents who have left messages with his legislative assistant or on voicemail, sends personal emails back in response to emails, and listens to constituents around the district, including Republicans (many of whom actually vote for him instead of their own candidate, since we Democrats simply have a better candidate). Unless the state legislature is doing a late-evening session, which happens, he always comes to our legislative district Democrats' meetings. He's a fantastic state representative.

    And from the timeline you present in your diary, I believe Larry was the captain of the Iowa just prior to Fred Moosally.

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    by Kitsap River on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 12:22:24 PM PDT

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