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Ray Wikstrom's book of values is a wake-up call to America, urging the country to come to its senses as it elects its first group of national leaders for the new millennium. Purpose: The Forgotten Principle should set the standards for all future political debates. It should elevate public discourse to a new level of integrity.
Wikstrom's call for moral leadership that leads by example is a reflection of his own life experience as a leader of thousands of Sailors and Marines in both war time and peace time. He is a refreshing, Conservative voice who dares to be different, who dares to take on such icons of the Conservative Right as the NRA, Oliver North and Newt Gingrich, and who isn't afraid to enter an intellectual duel with the Liberal Left.
Ray Wikstrom takes no prisoners in this entertaining, informative and thought-provoking collection of essays aimed at getting America back on the right track.
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A native of Reno, Nevada, Captain Raymond M. Wikstrom completed undergraduate study at the University of Nevada at Reno in January, 1968. Immediately entering the Navy through AOCS in Pensacola, Florida, his first assignment was with the "Seawolves" of Hal-3, Bin Thuy, Republic of Vietnam, piloting Huey gunships on 666 combat missions.
Upon returning to the United States, Captain Wikstrom served on the USS Intrepid, USS Trippe, USS Bowen, and USS Elmer Montgomery, and he also completed a shore duty assignment as instructor pilot at the Jacksonville, Florida, Naval Air Station.
Following an assignment with the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Air Warfare staff in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for all Navy helicopter force level planning, he served as the Executive Officer of the USS Tripoli before taking over command of the Helicopter Sea Control Wing in Mayport, Florida.
At the outbreak of Desert Storm, Captain Wikstrom was the commanding officer of the Amphibious Flagship USS Okinawa in the Persian Gulf. He also commanded the USS Tarawa, before ending his 30-year Naval career back in Washington, D.C., with the Bureau of Naval Personnel.
Captain Wikstrom's personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Strike/Flight Air Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Spanish Navy Merit Medal First Class.
In 1989 he was the Atlantic Fleet recipient of the prestigious Admiral James B. Stockdale Inspirational Leadership Award.
Captain Wikstrom and his family live in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Book Description Dewitt Books, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0966823125