JJ Cummings Blog Posts

The Gouge Cover Photo v2
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Just ask

On a dark night in the busiest commercial traffic sea lanes in the world, our warship faced a 100,000 ton obstacle. We got around it

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The Gouge Cover Photo v2
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Swap your perspective

Dropping a 500-pound laser guided bomb was our solution for making a two-way conversation more productive. THE SITUATION November 2001 in the skies over Afghanistan.

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The Gouge Cover Photo v2
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JUST SHOW UP

When in doubt, there is no doubt: Just show up. SITUATION After speaking at UNC Charlotte last week, I had lunch with two firefighter attendees

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the fighter pilot
Podcast

Leadership and the USS Gerald R Ford

I join FPP cohost Matt “Flounder” Arny to talk Tomcats, flight school, surface warfare, nuclear power, Top Gun: Maverick, and above all, how to lead when in charge of the first ship in a new class of aircraft carriers that has had its share of bad press.

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John on the deck of a ship
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I’m In The Game!

I just retired from the United States Navy after 32 years of flying fighters, driving big ships, and leading thousands of Sailors in high risk

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