Naval Commander�s Title and Navy Insignia Are an Officer and a Gentleman
Where did the terminology Executive Officers originate? The term describes high level officials in business. And in the military, they are second in command, or XO, to the Commanding Officer.
Commonly, the term executive officer has evolved from Constitutional law, Administrative law, Business and Financial occupations, corporate governance, management occupations with Chief Executives, and military ranks. The term has legal ramifications and associations, as do Chain of Command. The term Executive Officer is unique to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander, United States European Command held by a brigadier general or rear admiral. Tracing its origins to the Royal British Navy, the rear admiral is a naval commissioned officer.
US Naval Executive Officer, The Naval Insignia aesthetic carries over from the Royal British and French Naval traditions. The Royal British Navy represents their Queen and her Commonwealth. They have a history of defending their kingdom for centuries as they conquered 3/5ï¿½s of the world by way of sea. And the Royalty, even today, distinguishes their travels by ship as they have done historically throughout their sovereign reign. US Naval symbolism is descendent from British Naval insignia from as far back as 1748 when Navy officers were authorized in the days of Naval Sailing Squadrons.
Naval Insignia Aesthetics are both gallant and elegant. When Naval Officers full dress in uniform, they do represent their branch of the military with aplomb. The historical and richly textured embroidery (or bullion on cloth) on the US Naval uniform of gold on black is dramatic and stylish, almost imitating the theater of black and white tuxedo formal dress. For example, the insignia on an Executive Officers hat is impressive. The two-tone, black and white hat with gold and silver naval insignia is handsome and affluent in design. An excellent example is the photograph of USS Carl Vinsonï¿½s Executive Officer, Putnam H. Browne, USN. He achieved this stature after many years and accommodations serving in the US Naval Branch of the military. His recent excursion was the unified operations relief and rescue mission in Haiti commanding the USS Carl Vinson.
The rich exterior of the US Naval service, full and dinner dress uniform gives the term ï¿½Brassï¿½ a more illustrious appearance while echoing its sartorial lineage and stature of military purpose.
The French Naval representation has a similar tradition by virtue of their legacy over centuries fighting at sea, protecting their entitlements throughout the world. Both British and French military Navies are steeped in Royal traditions that gave prominence to our Naval Insignia as far back as the Battle of New Orleans 1812 French involvement. Franceï¿½s elegant maritime contributions to officersï¿½ dress that signify rank are the golden garnished epaulettes, plus for ceremony, service dress can include the officerï¿½s ceremonial sword, an iconic souvenir of the sailorsï¿½ cutlasses used in aboard ships(1850ï¿½s) ï¿½ a regulation Navy aesthetic. Uniform regulations from 1864 are colorfully described in the descriptions of the time; full dress ï¿½ ï¿½frocked coat, epaulettes, cocked hat, sword, plain pantaloons; the coat to be full buttoned. The epaulettes, cocked hat and sword-knot are to be dispensed with during war.ï¿½
To accompany the Navy tradition, is the gentlemanly ingredient of Navy core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. One officer and gentleman, USS Carl Vinsonï¿½s Executive Officer Browneï¿½s personal decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit campaign and service ribbons. He was the winner of the 1998 Order of the Daedalians Flight Thirteen Distinguished Airmanship Award. He has accumulated over 2500 tactical jet flight hours and over 450 carrier landings.