One of the benefits of being a Marine stationed in Massachusetts was our access to the Navy’s oldest commissioned ship, the USS Constitution. As a young corporal and sergeant, I participated in a number of retirement and re-enlistment ceremonies on the deck of “Old Ironsides,” and it would be difficult to overstate how it feels to be able to so directly connect the modern service of today’s Sailors and Marines with the service of those who were there soon after the very birth of our nation.
Over this past weekend, a man was caught on board the Constitution after hours, which is in dry dock for renovations, and was quickly escorted off the ship. Through what was likely a mistake on behalf of the ship’s security, the man was allowed to leave before they could verify who he was or identify the damage he had done below deck. As a result, law enforcement in Massachusetts is currently on the lookout for this man, whose face was clearly captured on security camera:
In the scope of global issues, terrorism, and tensions with near-peer opponents like Russia and China, a little bit of damage being done to an old boat near Boston doesn’t seem all that important, but having to spend a fair amount of time struggling to work under the low ceilings of the Constitution’s lower decks, and sweltering in the summer sun in my Dress Blues up above has granted me a skewed perspective on this sort of thing, and I couldn’t think of any way to articulate that without allowing what could have been a cut and dry reporting of events to devolve into a full-blown op-ed. So here goes nothing.