National War College 1991-1992
Every Service, as well as State and Coast Guard, was responsible for organizing a field trip for the class. For its field trip, State classmates organized a trip to
New York City and the United
Nations, as well as a stay on Governor’s Island,
which at the time was a Coast Guard base and perfectly positioned for a view of
The State trip was reasonably interesting, but of course could not
compare to the Service-sponsored trips.
For the Navy trip, we went to for a tour of a nuclear
submarine and the Aircraft
Carrier John F. Kennedy. The Kennedy
was an old super carrier, and I was amazed at how run down it was and how
cramped the interior of the ship seemed to be, despite its huge size. A tour of the submarine Sunfish
(SSN-649) was similarly disappointing.
Approaching the end of its service life, this nuclear attack submarine
reportedly had very modern weaponry, including the Harpoon anti-ship missile,
but to me the interior of the submarine looked dingy and claustrophobic, and
distinctly dated in its technology. I
could never have been a submariner. The
Army’s trip, perhaps the least interesting, and which I did not participate in,
was to Fort
Virginia North Carolina. The highlight of that trip was jump school,
where various out of shape classmates were invited to jump off the parachute
training platform, with predictable results.
|Nellis AFB, March 1992. Lorraine Takahashi, James Schumaker, F-117|