A few weeks ago all G.A.R and Republic Navel Personnel on the base were asked to fill our a communication survey, to find out what communication issues exist. All base personnel were then requested to come to a presentation on the finding. The presenter would be Captain Cordwell of the Republic Navy. There would also be a panel for senior brass, including Base Commander Watkins.
Here is how it went.
Captiain Cordwell is on stage with some large graphics. “We have found many issues with the current levels of communication among the rank and file. These range from the minor to the serious …”
Base Commander Watkins: “Yes, yes, but get the the point Captian. We don’t have all day.”
Captain Cordwell, a little nervously: “The number on problem seem to be a fear of bringing negative news to senior staff. As you can see from the cha…”
Base Commander Watkins: WHAT?!?!?! Why haven’t I heard this before? This is an outrage.”
Captain Cordwell: “Well, because it’s negative news, Sir?”
Base Commander Watkins: “Do you have any solutions? Or did you come here today to just try to embarrass the commanding staff? This is the kind of disrespect to the G.A.R. that gets people shipped off to the outer rim to watch over Nerf Herder on system no one has ever heard of!!!”
All the other panel members look around apprehensively, but say nothing.
Captain Cordwell: “uhhh, um … Maybe if we wait a few day the issues will take care of itself.”
Base Commander Watkins: ‘Fine, next issue”
Captain Cordwell, through a strained smile: “Happily, there are not any other communications issues, at all. Everyone has strong moral and thinks the current system is great.”
Later as I am escorting Base Commander Watkins back to his office he asks me “Trooper, why do you think so many problems go away on their own.”
“I have no idea, sir” I reply as I roll my eyes.