- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oddly, his east coast counterpart, aboard the Comfort, got the same heave-ho a couple of weeks ago, but over leadership issues.
On the upside, a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon, a specialist in neural engineering, joined the Navy Reserve — at age 42.
On a more somber note, I want to express my sympathy for the families of all those who were killed yesterday at the D.C. Navy Yard, as well as for all those who work there.