Éditoriaux Défense Sécurité Terrorisme Zones de conflits Logistique Livres de référence Liens
Terre Air Mer Gendarmerie Renseignement Infoguerre Cyber Recherche

Vice President Salutes Naval Academy

Vice President Salutes Naval Academy’s Graduating Class

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr., DoD News, Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. — (DoD News) — May 22, 2015 — As he addressed the U.S. Naval Academy’s graduating class today in Annapolis, Maryland, Vice President Joe Biden expressed pride in the midshipmen as they prepare to join a 170-year legacy of excellence. Before delivering his remarks, the vice president honored Navy Midshipman Justin Zemser who was among eight people killed in an Amtrak train derailment last week.

Vice President Joe Biden at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis

“Justin was a top student,” Biden said, “[and] a gifted athlete remembered as a young man of quiet strength and a man of his word.”

Zemser “would have made a great Navy Seal,” the vice president said. “He will be missed and my heart goes out to his family.”

Commencement

Biden lauded the “outstanding” midshipmen for choosing a more challenging path as they graduate from the Naval Academy.

“Class of 2015, you were among the most promising high school students on the planet,” he said. “No one would have blamed you for choosing an easier path, but you chose service.

“You chose honor,” Biden continued. “You chose to join the real one percent that protects the 99 percent of the rest of us here in America and we owe you. We’re proud of you.”

The midshipmen, he said, join “one of the most venerated military and academic institutions on the entire Earth.”

Achievements

“In the time since you reported on a Friday four years ago, you’ve earned your place,” Biden told the midshipmen, as he highlighted some of their accomplishments, including over 26,000 hours of community service, over 2,000 new registered bone marrow donors, and more than 60,000 pounds of food donated to those in need.

“And you excelled in the classroom,” the vice president said. “You didn’t just win the annual cyber exercise. You became the first graduating class in any school in the United States of America to ever have had every student complete the comprehensive cybersecurity curriculum.”

Biden added, “You’re about to become a part of the long continuum of naval and Marine officers, who graduated from this incredible institution -- a legacy which goes back 170 years.”

‘How You Navigate the Storm’

The vice president emphasized that the path the graduates chose “is not for everyone” and implored each to demand respect and dignity for all service members.

Life as a commissioned officer is “not an easy ride,” Biden said.

“It will require much, but it will reward much,” he said. “As you know, the true measure of an officer is not only how you sail in calm waters, but how you navigate the storm.”

Biden added, “We, your fellow Americans, expect a great deal from you -- not just your physical courage, but your moral courage as well, which at times can be even harder to muster.”

As officers in the U.S. military “you must demand that every one of your fellow sailors and Marines is afforded the dignity [and] respect that they deserve no matter race, gender, faith or sexual orientation,” Biden told the midshipmen.

Biden also told the midshipmen they will be counted on to “refuse to tolerate” sexual harassment and sexual assault in any form under any circumstances as a “matter of honor.”

Forward-Deployed Face of America

Looking to the future, Biden said each of the future Navy and Marine officers will be looked upon as “the forward deployed face of America, projecting power to every corner of the world.”

The vice president also quoted former President Theodore Roosevelt, noting, “‘A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It’s the surest guarantee of peace.’”

There are “new fault lines,” Biden said. “These new fault lines will continue to divide the great powers, and they reside in the straits and the sea lanes that you will come to know so well.”

Tensions may sometimes run high, Biden said, but “you will be there to keep the peace.”

Rebalance to the Pacific

The U.S. is rebalancing toward the “vast potential” of the Asia-Pacific region, Biden said.

“But we can’t succeed if you don’t show up -- that’s why 60 percent of the United States naval forces will be stationed in the Pacific by 2020,” the vice president said.

Biden said peace and prosperity in the Pacific region has depended -- and will continue to depend -- on U.S. naval power just as it has for the past 60 years.

“You are a force for peace and security,” Biden told the midshipmen. “We’ve used your power to reinforce and update the international rules and cooperation that benefit all nations -- to manage the emerging challenges of the century ahead -- before they devolve into conflict.

“We’re going to look to you to uphold these principles wherever they are challenged,” he continued, “[and] to strengthen our growing security partnerships and make good on our unshakeable commitment to the neutral defense of our allies.”

Rise to the Moment

The vice president urged the midshipmen not to forget their time at the U.S. Naval Academy.

“Remember all you’ve learned -- all you’ve felt, all you breathed here at the Naval Academy,” Biden said. “You will rise [to] the moment, and know one thing for sure -- you are not alone.”

The midshipmen “will never, ever be alone,” the vice president said.

“You will be surrounded by a family that raised you," he said, "and a family that made you an officer in the finest military in the history of the world, without exception.”
(Follow Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall on Twitter: @MarshallDoDNews)

Related Sites :
U.S. Naval Academy


Derniers articles

Verdun 2016 : La légende de la « tranchée des baïonnettes »
Eyes in the Dark: Navy Dive Helmet Display Emerges as Game-Changer
OIR Official: Captured Info Describes ISIL Operations in Manbij
Cyber, Space, Middle East Join Nuclear Triad Topics at Deterrence Meeting
Carter Opens Second DoD Innovation Hub in Boston
Triomphe de St-Cyr : le Vietnam sur les rangs
Dwight D. Eisenhower Conducts First OIR Missions from Arabian Gulf
L’amiral Prazuck prend la manœuvre de la Marine
Airmen Practice Rescuing Downed Pilots in Pacific Thunder 16-2
On ne lutte pas contre les moustiques avec une Kalachnikov...
Enemy Mine: Underwater Drones Hunt Buried Targets, Save Lives
Daesh Publications Are Translated Into Eleven Languages
Opération Chammal : 10 000 heures de vol en opération pour les Mirage 2000 basés en Jordanie
Le Drian : Daech : une réponse à plusieurs niveaux
Carter: Defense Ministers Agree on Next Steps in Counter-ISIL Fight
Carter Convenes Counter-ISIL Coalition Meeting at Andrews
Carter Welcomes France’s Increased Counter-ISIL Support
100-Plus Aircraft Fly in for Exercise Red Flag 16-3
Growlers Soar With B-1s Around Ellsworth AFB
A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for Cross-Border Training
We Don’t Fight Against Mosquitoes With a Kalashnikov
Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge
Chiefs of US and Chinese Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
DoD Cyber Strategy Defines How Officials Discern Cyber Incidents from Armed Attacks
Vice Adm. Tighe Takes Charge of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence
Truman Strike Group Completes Eight-Month Deployment
KC-46 Completes Milestone by Refueling Fighter Jet, Cargo Plane
Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters
Une nation est une âme
The Challenges of Ungoverned Spaces
Carter Salutes Iraqi Forces, Announces 560 U.S. Troops to Deploy to Iraq
Obama: U.S. Commitment to European Security is Unwavering in Pivotal Time for NATO
International Court to Decide Sovereignty Issue in South China Sea
La SPA 75 est centenaire !
U.S. to Deploy THAAD Missile Battery to South Korea
Maintien en condition des matériels : reprendre l’initiative
La veste « léopard », premier uniforme militaire de camouflage
Océan Indien 2016 : Opérations & Coopération
Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar
Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor
New Navy, Old Tar
Marcel Dassault parrain de la nouvelle promotion d’officiers de l’École de l’Air
RIMPAC 2016 : Ravitaillement à la mer pour le Prairial avant l’arrivée à Hawaii
Bataille de la Somme, l’oubliée
U.S., Iceland Sign Security Cooperation Agreement
Cléopatra : la frégate Jean Bart entre dans l’histoire du BPC Gamal Abdel Nasser
Surveiller l’espace maritime français aussi par satellite
America's Navy-Marine Corps Team Fuse for RIMPAC 2016
Stratégie France : Plaidoyer pour une véritable coopération franco-allemande
La lumière du Droit rayonne au bout du chemin





Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).

Contact