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August 20, 2018

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June 24, 2018
RADM Batzler commanded my first permanent duty station, USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), served as my first reenlisting officer from the NIMITZ bridge and simultaneously awarded me my first Navy Expeditionary Medal, my first Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and my first Navy Good Conduct Medal. RADM Batzler was and shall always remain an integral part of the greatest adventure I will ever know, service at sea in the world's most dominant Navy. "Fair winds and following seas sir!"
April 12, 2018
I am saddened to read of the passing of Admiral Batzler. I hope that his family and friends realize that he positively touched so very many lives as he served his nation as the superb Naval Aviator that he was. I had the utmost privilege and luck to serve under then Capt. Batzler when he reported to Nimitz as PCO. He inherited me as his Sea Detail OOD, so I had a lot of exposure to and time with him. He was a prince of a man...the finest leader and teacher I've ever known. I was a young JG at the time, 6'8+ tall, about 250 lbs., and Capt. Batzler's name for me from day one was 'Skinny'. He and I together were quite the sight. He had a quick smile, a wicked sharp sense of humor,a kind word for everyone, and a positively brilliant mind. He was a teacher, a leader, and always the one to lift the spirits of all those around him. He had a gift. Thank God that I got to serve under him, to learn from him and to come to know this fine human being. Good bye, Sir. Thank you for being there for all of us. You are missed by many.
March 22, 2018
January 27, 2018
You can tell a lot about a man by how he is at a surf break.

I met Jack in 2002 on a surf trip to Fiji organized by our mutual friend Grant. After Jack, his pal Jay and I jumped into the water at Namotu, Jay was in position for the first wave. Jack urged me to take the next wave, one that really ought to have been his; and it was a good one. I paddled back to the lineup grinning ear to ear, but Jack seemed even more stoked than I was about my wave, smiling, laughing and shaking his head as he described it to Jay. Jack then took off on the next one; a large clean left that he skillfully rode all the way the channel to a chorus of whoops and hoots from the rest of us.