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BOOK REVIEWS The Blue-Eyed Ensign By Donald Connolly (July 17, 2015, Green Ivy Books) ALL THE COAST GUARD'S A STAGE? BY HENRY PLIMACK he Reservist community has many dimensions, one being culture. As Citizen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, there is a unique culture, which is servicespecific. If you seek to understand the Coastie's culture, The Blue-Eyed Ensign by Donald Connolly is a good place to start. As I read Connolly's tale, the parallels between us struck me. Both of us are from big cities, have backgrounds in theater, are Officer Candidate School graduates with a propensity for motion sickness, had tours at 630 Sansome St. in San Francisco-tough duty!-and enjoyed operations center experience. Also, we both were influenced directly by former Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Yost, who provided the book's foreword. Connolly's letters home highlight his depiction of his life before and during his Coast Guard assignment to Guam at the conclusion of the Korean War. His personal style and attention to detail will leave you with a candid picture of his transition from civilian to military life. The details of his relationship with his colleagues depict the nature of life in the U.S. armed forces during that period of history. Starting and ending in St. Louis, this Reserve officer's active duty tour is the background for this story. Central is his production of a play to provide some substantive off-duty activity while at his isolated duty station. The actors come alive in his retelling of the production's development. Even creating the stage became a challenge, ably met by his shipmates, many from the Navy, which was co-located on Guam. Even the Air Force managed to play a role in this tale. Periodically, Connolly references his rescue coordination center duties, adding dimension to his assignment with spikes of activity. However, life in Guam seems centered around theater, as reflected in his quote: "Molière said that for 'theater,' all you need is 'a platform and a passion or two.' Less than a week before our opening, our 'platform' was still in need of a few final elements, such as painted scenery." With opening night upon the blue-eyed ensign, the program was produced with a personal comment: " 'All the world's a stage,' wrote Shakespeare. With the Little Theater, however, it is just the opposite-this stage is all the world to us." The adventures of this officer and the shipmates who shared his journey make for an interesting read, and a snapshot of life on Guam as the services transitioned from war to peacetime. In the foreword, Yost states insightfully, "The story of how a war-hardened Coast Guard and a 'blue-eyed ensign' adjust to each other, and each become the better for it, makes for a heartwarming and sometimes hilarious tale." I concur. THE OFFICER / FALL 2016 67

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Officer - Fall 2016

ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
OPENING SHOTS
FEEDBACK
CAPITOL HILL CONNECTION
HEARING THE VOICE OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT
WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘FIGHT’ FOR RESERVISTS
HEALTH CARE REFORM
SERVICE MEMBERS LAW CENTER
THE MILLENNIAL RESERVIST
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS
ATTEN-SHUN!
SERVICE MEMBERS’ MENTAL HEALTH IS CRITICAL TO READINESS
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD RESERVE
NATIONAL SECURITY REPORT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF, NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS (M & RA)
ARMY RESERVE
MARINE FORCES RESERVE
NAVY RESERVE
COAST GUARD RESERVE
AIR FORCE RESERVE
RESERVE LIFE
2016 ROA NATIONAL CONVENTION
PROUD TO SERVE
DEPARTMENT AND CHAPTER NEWS
BOOK REVIEWS
STARS FOUNDATION PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING RESERVISTS
HELPING DEPLOYED RESERVISTS’ CHILDREN SUCCEED AT SCHOOL
STARS INDUSTRY NEWS
USAA’S CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY GOES ABOVE FOR THOSE WHO GO BEYOND
UNITED CONCORDIA’S ACTIVE DUTY DENTAL PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE RESERVE AND GUARD FOR EARLY ACTIVATION
BOEING’S C-40A CLIPPER JET BRINGS POWER AND SAVINGS TO THE NAVY
STARS BRIEFS
SALVO
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
The Officer - Fall 2016 - OPENING SHOTS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - FEEDBACK
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - HEARING THE VOICE OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘FIGHT’ FOR RESERVISTS
The Officer - Fall 2016 - HEALTH CARE REFORM
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SERVICE MEMBERS LAW CENTER
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - THE MILLENNIAL RESERVIST
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - ATTEN-SHUN!
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SERVICE MEMBERS’ MENTAL HEALTH IS CRITICAL TO READINESS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - OFFICE OF THE CHIEF, NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
The Officer - Fall 2016 - ARMY RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - MARINE FORCES RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - NAVY RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - COAST GUARD RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - AIR FORCE RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - 2016 ROA NATIONAL CONVENTION
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - PROUD TO SERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - DEPARTMENT AND CHAPTER NEWS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - BOOK REVIEWS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - STARS FOUNDATION PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING RESERVISTS
The Officer - Fall 2016 - HELPING DEPLOYED RESERVISTS’ CHILDREN SUCCEED AT SCHOOL
The Officer - Fall 2016 - USAA’S CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY GOES ABOVE FOR THOSE WHO GO BEYOND
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - UNITED CONCORDIA’S ACTIVE DUTY DENTAL PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE RESERVE AND GUARD FOR EARLY ACTIVATION
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - STARS BRIEFS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SALVO
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