An excerpt from "Our Book", Volume I:
A “Thank You” note to Ed Smock.
Ed......I hardly know where to start. We have shared so much over the years. And you have taught me so many important things. I was a junior CPO when I met you. I became a better Chief because of you. I gave you some questionable advise about public parking and walking, but you gave me so much more. Have I mentioned that you have given our nation your life-long commitment? And you continue to do so! Impressive!
You taught me the importance of converting an under-used garage in the rear of a terminal building into a spaghetti kitchen (NAVFAC Bermuda 1971). That seemingly innocuous activity brought the command CPO’s together at a time when it was very much needed. You taught me that while it is important to work hard, it was also OK to “knock off” following a full days effort. I still remember the day LT Cox (Research Officer – Bermuda 1971-72) told you that you couldn’t leave until he did. You calmly suggested to him (with appropriate respect) that he best locate his hat.
You have always carried yourself with poise and confidence. You know how to be right, and how to instill those qualities in others. I can go on and on with many examples of your leadership, as many others could do as well.
“Our Book” has been a major accomplishment. It is a testimony to your life-long dedication to our country and to undersea surveillance. Each time I review the progress of the book, I am amazed at what it has become. And Ed – let there be no doubt, “our book” is among your most impressive accomplishments. Today as I reviewed the newest update, I was again overwhelmed by it’s composition. By encouraging past shipmates to contribute, you have compiled many facets of the undersea surveillance story - technology, history, almost unbelievable system achievements and personal stories about those who “stood the mid”.
When I reflect on my navy career, you are among my fondest memories. Red checkered table cloths, “ching-ching” announcing your arrival through the oleanders, and the ever so subtle lessons you taught so well.
Thanks Ed, for the book, for your 60+ years of dedication to undersea surveillance, and for being you.
George (Widenor OTCM USN (Ret)) (6 Sep 07)
Nice tribute, George. I render my sharpest salute to you and to all of our fellow veterans. The memories are great, the people in them even greater.
One of a kind. I can't think of a better description. The world and the system would never be the same without him. Great tribute George.
Well said George! Ed is no doubt one of the finest and professional individuals that ever graced the halls of the IUSS. I stand tall and salute all fellow shipmates. Happy Veteran's Day to all!