Each day we have public affairs class, Mr. A starts the class off with a news quiz. In every class he encourages us to have news feeds on the computers at our desks. (The other two instructors DO NOT want us to be multi-tasking when they are talking.) Mr. A says we should know what is going on at our base, in our community and in the world at large.
He is right.
But what news do students, faculty and other folks here at DINFOS care about? Today I was eating lunch at the end of chow hours, about 12:40 p.m. Since I was sitting alone, I sat near the CNN TV. Each of the five dining areas in the dining facility has a TV up high on the wall at each side of the room: one on CNN, one on ESPN. I was watching a speech by John Kerry about Syria. I had to leave, so I got up in the middle of the speech. As I walked toward the back to drop my tray, I went into the next room where about 20 DINFOS people, civilians and soldiers, were standing looking up at the TV.
For a millisecond, I thought they were watching CNN. Nope. ESPN was re-running bloopers from a NY Jets press conference.
Part of the reason I chose this career field was my obsession with the news, a Gussman family tradition. This is a career field for those obsessed with the news. It will be tough out in the fleet and field for folks who really don't care about local, national and world events.