Final Submarine Quote for Year 2015
Background:DoD News, Defense Media Activity
Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Phones ICBM Crews on New Year’s Eve[underlined emphasis added] WASHINGTON, January 1, 2016 — In the hours before the clock struck midnight last night, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was on the phone with two-person crews who were on alert in missile silos at the nation’s three intercontinental ballistic missile bases.
Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva made it a point to call and thank missile crew commanders and deputies at their posts some 70 feet underground in the missile fields surrounding F.E. Warren Air Force Base near Cheyenne, Wyoming; at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota; and Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana.
“I just want[ed] to say ‘Thank you’ to the crews,” the general told DoD News, because they'll be away from their families on New Year’s Eve.
The ICBM force is one of the legs of the triad that's on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Selva said, noting that the only other part of the nuclear triad that has that distinction is the submarine ballistic missile force.
The FINAL Submarine Quote of 2015:
“It's hard to make a phone call to a submarine [but],” he said, “I'd do it if I could.” - Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dec. 29, 2015.
M.E. Note: All Submariners are away from their families and out of contact with them for much, much longer than "on New Year's Eve" right, General Selva?
Submarines are always silent and strange.