My Future: A Thread.

I've accepted a position as Editorial Lead at Northrop Grumman's Space Park office in Redondo Beach, California. I'll be working on various writing and communications functions as part of Space Systems.
This may seem like a weird move for me, given that Space Force wholly rejected the sensible policy of adopting Navy ranks. But for those who know me well, it's not quite as strange as it seems.

I have, even pre-dating my love of all things nautical, been a space nerd.
I was the kid with a telescope in my bedroom and the Milky Way Galaxy lovingly arranged on my ceiling in glow-in-the-dark stars. Apollo 13 came out when I was 11, and I watched it countless times growing up, along with endless Space Race documentaries from the Pennsauken Library.
My wife, as some of you know, works at the National Air & Space Museum, and the observant among you will see her team's handiwork celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing as my banner. (Grumman built the Lunar Module, if you'll recall.)
The long and short of this is that I couldn't be more excited for an opportunity to get a front-row seat for the new space race. If you've followed any of the discussion for Project Overmatch or CJADC2, you know space is where it's all heading: It's the whole ball game.
You also know that the civilian and government space sector is coming to the forefront of our consciousness. Those astronauts and pioneers whose names we know from the 50s, 60s and 70s, there is a new generation coming up today whose names will be known to our kids.
This seemed like an unbeatable opportunity to be part of that and I'm excited to get started.

So, what does this mean for Navyland? Well, I'm still going to be around on here and I'll weigh in if I feel like I have something to add (with the usual caveats).
I'm also going to look for ways to continue to be part of the Navy community, though of course that will look a little different from what I'm doing today.

I'd be lying if I told you that didn't make me a little sad.
These past 7 years first at Navy Times then Defense News have been so incredibly special to me. I can't thank all of you enough for the feedback, for the dialogue and for taking time to read what I wrote.
I clearly recall driving off Naval Station Norfolk for the last time in 2006 (Danny California by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was playing on the radio) and feeling elated, thinking "I'm never coming back here and I'm never going to think about the Navy again." What an idiot I was.
Not only was I wrong, I'd hate to think about how my life had turned out if I'd made good on that promise to myself.

I have been incredibly moved by the kind words from my colleagues and friends this past week, but the truth is I owe all of them my gratitude.
My colleagues and competitors have only ever challenged me to be better, to be more accurate and to work harder to understand what I might be missing. So, without naming a thousand names, you all know who you are. Thank you.
I'm also eternally grateful to those of you who took time to be my sounding boards, to listen to my rantings, to hear out my ideas and to explain the things I might not be seeing. Among them, @ConsWahoo, @JerryHendrixII and Bryan Clark have probably logged the most hours.
So, I'm ready to move on. I'm ready to learn something new in a new place. Thanks again to everyone for reading, for enduring my takes on scotch, gardening, journalism, history and, most recently, watches. Pretty sure there's more of that to come.
I have a couple more stories cooking, the final Drift on Thursday and I'm on off and technically unemployed for two weeks starting Friday.

And that's my future.

Fin.
Addendum: I am also hereby declaring that I, from henceforth and forevermore, am a fan of the Los Angeles Angels and, of course, South Jersey native Mike Trout, who grew up like 20 minutes from where my parents live, unless such fandom conflicts with Phillies success.
This means, for all intents and purposes, if the Angels and Phillies play in the World Series, I will be rooting for the Phillies. Interleague play is dumb and shouldn't be a thing anyway so I take no position there.

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