“Chasing A.M.I.E.” Featured on The Overcast

I’m happy to announce that a podcast of my story, “Chasing A.M.I.E.” is now live on The Overcast website.

This story explores both the promise and peril of automation.

Over the last century, the miracle of automation has freed mankind from backbreaking labor, has dramatically lowered the cost of manufacturing, and has made the global economy much more productive and efficient. Unfortunately, it has also been, and continues to be, an enormously disruptive force for unskilled labor. One could argue it has been one of the key agents driving the increase in wealth inequality as the wage gap between “brains” and “brawn” becomes ever wider.
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Remembering Jay on Memorial Day 2016

Every Memorial Day, I honor the sacrifice of my friend, Jay. As the world changes and the years fade, it is more important than ever that we never forget those who have selflessly sacrificed their lives in the service of our country. Jay exemplifies that long gray line of West Pointers who lived and died by the motto: Duty, Honor, Country.

Today is his day, a day that marks eleven Memorial Days since his passing.

For the past five years, I have posted the following words about Jay. As always, the same sentiments still apply today.

I miss you, buddy.

The cross-currents of individual lives can be interesting things. Through time we each follow our own paths. On occasion, these paths intersect unexpectedly with those of greater men and women.

During my life, my path crossed several times with one of my generation’s finest.

I met Jay in high school. He was a serious, quiet, and determined person. He was also one heck of an athlete, leading my high school soccer team to the State Championship as its all-star goalie.

Opting for a more serious life dedicated to service, Jay applied for and received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

After we graduated from high school, I never considered that my path might cross with Jay again during my military career.

But alas, the military community is a small one.

When Jay arrived at the National Training Center, I was happy to see him again.

Life has a funny way of timing things. Coincidentally, our daughters were born a day and a room apart in the same hospital ward.

During my last year of military service in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, I was thrilled to learn that Jay would command Echo Troop, Alpha Troop’s sister company, where I had served as an executive officer.

I knew the soldiers of Echo Troop well. At the National Training Center Alpha and Echo Troop served together every month as a Soviet-style Motorized Rifle Battalion. We ate together and we trained together.

Before leaving the high Mojave desert forever, I came to see Jay one last time to make sure he knew what great soldiers he would command.

It was the last time I would ever speak to him.

Twenty months later, while sitting in the comfort of a business school classroom in Massachusetts, I learned that Jay would not be returning home to his family.

Exemplifying the principle of leadership by example, Jay was personally inspecting a vehicle at a traffic control point in Iraq when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated.

He died on April 29, 2005.

Jay was a quiet and serious officer who cared deeply about his soldiers and his country. His integrity, loyalty and selfless service were impeccable. He made the ultimate sacrifice so that others may live in freedom and for that we all owe him a great debt.

Jay, I still sorely miss you.

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Dispatches from the U.S.S. DeKalb: May 1, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, May 1, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, May 1, 1918

May 1, 1918

Sighted Cape Charles Lighthouse on 4 to 8 A.M. watch.

Anchored in Hampton Roads 10 o’clock and docked at Newport News, Va. 2 P.M.

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Dispatches from the U.S.S. DeKalb: April 30, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 30, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 30, 1918

April 30, 1918

Worked all day issuing small stores.

Weather warm, except at night when rain storm came up.

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Dispatches from the U.S.S. DeKalb: April 29, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 29, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 29, 1918

April 29, 1918

On watch 8 to 12 A.M.

Weather warm, sea calm as a lake.

Had boxing matches on deck in afternoon.

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Dispatches from the U.S.S. DeKalb: April 28, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 28, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 28, 1918

April 28, 1918

On watch 4 to 6 P.M. Sighted three masted sailing vessel at 2 P.M. acting suspiciously.

Had “General Quarters” and maneuvered around her in effort to discern her nationality, but she refused to show colors and endeavored to make away.

We resumed our course at 2.30.

Heavy sea all day.

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 28, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 28, 1918

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Dispatches from the U.S.S. DeKalb: April 27, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 27, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 27, 1918

April 27, 1918

On watch 12 to 4 A.M.

Very cold. Iceberg reported in immediate vicinity. Rained most of day.

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Dispatches from the U.S.S. DeKalb: April 26, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 26, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 26, 1918

April 26, 1918

On watch 12 to 4 P.M.

Nearly ran down a British tanker in fog at 3 P.M. off Great Banks.

Weather very cold. Thunder and lightning storm, followed by hail, rain and snow in afternoon.

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 26, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 26, 1918

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Dispatches from the U.S.S. DeKalb: April 25, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 25, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 25, 1918

April 25, 1918

On watch 4 to 6 P.M.

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Dispatches from the U.S.S. DeKalb: April 24, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 24, 1918

Source: C. Gilbert Hazlett, April 24, 1918

April 24, 1918

On watch 12 to 4 P.M.

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