Letter to the editor
I have worked for the Navy for 31 years; nine of those years I was an active-duty Navy destroyer sailor.
I have worked hundreds of hours of overtime without compensation of any kind. I take the public trust very seriously.
I have always felt that I owe my country and the U.S. Navy a huge debt of gratitude because I have received some of the best training and experience in the world during my career both as a Navy enlisted man and as a Navy civil servant.
I have worked in data communications and system security almost all of those 31 years. I have been maintaining network firewalls and intrusion-detection systems almost single-handedly for this command for more than four years.I go over firewall logs and keep up with intrusion-detection alerts seven days a week, including holidays.
I am not compensated for this extra work. It is not compensation that I seek. I care very much about doing the best job that I can.
What will my reward be?
I will lose my job or my position thanks to the Navy Marine Corps Intranet.And in the meantime, I will have to continually listen to new and old contracting-out initiatives.
Does this discourage me? Only a little.
Ex-destroyer sailors are tough and will continue to do the best job they can, no matter what the rumors are or what is happening all around them.
Brent EricksonNaval Undersea Warfare Center DivisionKeyport, Wash.