Zoom calls every Thursday night at 8pm Eastern Time.
Find an opportunity, or make one.
Time, tide, and formation wait for no man.
Our professional network was forged in fire and steel... we share an uncommon bond... promises made and kept in the face of mortal peril... duty... honor... service....
These things are easy to SAY. So every Thursday night, RINGKNOCKERs spend 90 minutes exchanging SAYING for DOING. We reconnect with old shipmates. We forge new cameraderies. We offer intelligence, mentorship, and opportunities. We accept the same.
Sign up for as many meetups as you like! A shipmate is always welcome, and opportunity does tend to knock loudest when one is on hand to open the door. Registrations are limited, so sign up in advance if you can.
See you this Thursday night!
Robert Williscroft enlisted in the Navy as a Sonar Tech in 1961. He studied Marine Physics & Meteorology at the University of Washington under the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program. After commissioning, Robert returned to nuclear submarines in 1969 as the Navy’s first Poseidon Weapons Officer. When Admiral Rickover's new nuclear power training program terminated the Missile Officer career path, Robert volunteered for dive school.
Subsequently, Robert served as Navigator and Diving Officer on both catamaran mother vessels for the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle. Then he joined Submarine Development Group One out of San Diego as the Officer-in-Charge of the Test Operations Group, conducting deep-ocean surveillance and data acquisition to establish and run the top-secret Cold War program now declassified as OPERATION IVY BELLS.
IVY BELLS serves as the backdrop for two of Robert's many novels. The first, Operation Ivy Bells, tells the story of the core IVY BELLS mission: tapping Soviet underwater communications cables by hand in the deep ocean. The second, newly-released Operation Ice Breaker, is the topic of Robert's presentation to the RINGKNOCKERs this week.
Love a great sea story? Then DON'T MISS THIS ONE!
Connect with your brothers and sisters in arms, and start sharing opportunities today!
Jason Williscroft (USNA '95) founded Ringknocker to provide mentorship and support to young military officers transitioning into civilian life. The Coronavirus pandemic arrived... and now we are all out of our depth. We all need mentorship now.
"We who have the capacity to create opportunities in a time like this have an obligation to do so... because nobody else is going to do it except us."
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