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The water fixtures at the Navy’s Ikego Elementary School in Japan contain high levels of lead... again. No families aboard Yokosuka Naval Base appear to be affected so far, but the problem is a persistent one, according to Stars and Stripes.

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Photo by Lance Cpl. Juanenrique Owings

I will be honest, I would consider some of the enlisted I worked with in the past, my closest friends in the world. As a 22-year-old second lieutenant placed immediately in charge of 120 enlisted, I learned that if I carried my rank like a chip on my shoulder, my career as an officer would end quickly. I figured out rather quickly that if you take care of those who work for and with you, and respect them as the individual contributors that they are, the team dynamics are much more likely to be a success. This isn’t to say that rank does not have its place, because without the hierarchy, mass chaos would ensue when it came to orders being executed. But, people are more likely to listen to orders if they know that the leader has their best interest at heart. Ideally, this is how a civilian organization should be run as well. I remind myself of this daily.

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Photo by HMC Josh Ives

I did not transition from active duty in the most well-thought-out manner.

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