For me, every day is a chance to learn something new. What I always loved about carrier aviation is that each flight presented a different challenge. Whether it was carrying a new weapon, leading a strike or just dealing with mother nature, flying off a carrier presented something with every catapult shot. So it has been during my first eight months as your CEO.

I never stop learning and my role here gives me an amazing opportunity to do just that. Below are some of the things I have filed away so far.

I’ve learned that there are so many people in San Diego who support our mission here on Midway. I have had a chance to sit down with almost every leader who takes care of this region, including at the federal level. Each of them has expressed, and demonstrated, their willingness to be involved with Midway. This museum has an outstanding reputation in San Diego and beyond.

I’ve learned that our volunteers are truly dedicated to keeping this iconic ship “alive” through their unwavering commitment of time, talent and energy on a daily basis. Last month we welcomed our largest new docent class in years and I am so happy to have them on our team!

I’ve learned that we have an amazing and growing list of partners who want to be part of Midway Magic. Southwest Airlines, Home Depot and so many other companies help us execute our mission to inspire and educate future generations. 

Most importantly, I have learned how much I depend on our team every day. I do not have all the answers – nowhere close – but I have found that our experienced staff and volunteer force can provide the support I need to stay in the middle of the channel!

Things look great for the rest of 2023. We are very excited to host the San Diego Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 12 with more than 90 participating organizations. It will be an amazing comeback for this iconic and important parade. On Midway, expect a new exhibit to open up in our engineering spaces and a first-time holiday light show from Thanksgiving to Christmas. We call it “Jingle Jets” and there will be activities on board for the entire family. See you on board. 

It’s a great day on Midway!

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