From the Government, here to help…

It’s a cliche that has become an oxymoron but is in fact a maxim of compliance. It’s an old lesson, it’s a hard lesson. I learned it long before I became a compliance officer.

One of my life careers, yes there’ve  been many, was with the U.S. Navy. The navy believes in inspections, exams, exercises, always testing. There’s a reason for that and it’s because it’s dangerous out there. Especially when there are only a little over a hundred of you racing around the world’s oceans submerged in a small metal tube.

Submarines really only have one mission in life and that’s to make sure the number of surfacings always equals the number of dives. Pretty quickly you learn that all this testing, examining, exercising – not physical although you may sweat the exercise – has one objective, your safety and your ability to fulfill that one mission of submarines. Voila, I’m here, I like examiners.

True, not all examiners are created equal. But you find that everywhere, in every profession, in all walks of life. Maybe I’ve just been unbelievably lucky, I certainly have been in love – different subject, because I’ve very, very, very seldom found that people who try to make your life a living hell last. They’re usually gone the next time I’m there and if they’re not the business won’t be there shortly there after. At least not with the same people running it.

So whenever an examiner, inspector, or someone similar shows up, announced or unannounced, we’re glad to see them. Whether it’s NCUA or the State elevator inspector, or the local fire marshal we’re ready and eager to learn. And apply – that’s one of the keys to having a good working relationship with your examiner and fodder for a future blog.

Remember, they’re your examiner and they’re the only examiner you’ve got.

Cradle of Liberty

Let’s get this straight: I am an American veteran, I served during Viet Nam, had a shipmate killed in action, spent a third of an active duty Navy career at sea, away from family, born in Columbus Ohio of a father who served in WWII and Korea and for an additional twenty years and rests in Arlington National Cemetary. I am a registered Republican, have belonged to the NRA, pay my taxes, read, believe, and defend the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the United States Constitution. And, Venessa Hicks’ photograph

MAKES ME PROUD! The flag as a cradle is the perfect illustration of this country as the cradle of liberty. It illustrates and honors the sacrifice and service that Vanessa Hicks, a fellow veteran, I, my family, have made and the Clevenger family is making to defend what this photograph so reverently illustrates.

I stand up, not in protest, but to salute Vanessa Hicks and the Clevenger Family.

Raymond Hasson, QMC (SS)
United States Navy (Ret)