14 June 2002



-         NM: Eric Coleman: 202.380.0727 / 737.2300

-         BARRY: EM2 Morehead: 202.433.3377 / 3091

-         NY Security: 202.433.3017 [fax: 3395]

-         Transportation: Mr. Brinkley: 202.433.9464

-         Caterer: Chris & Artemis Skenteris: 202.225.2238

-         Music: MUCM Jerry Ascione

-         Colors: YN2 Marlo Wade




     1300-1315: Arrive at the Navy Memorial

     1300: Prep handouts

     1300 & 1315: Haggard & Dad: Microphone Checks

     1315: Prep stage, 1 Podium, 2 Chairs, 1 table

     1315: Haggard: Colors QA w/ PO Wade

     Please enjoy yourself–We will start at 1330…

     1330: Guests enter theatre.

     Hand-Out Programs and Constitutions.

     Guests seated.  Family enters, seated.

     Haggard & CDR Roegge to Podium, CDR Seated.

     1st Welcome; Dad to Podium.  Intro, thank.

     Introduce PO Wade and her NAS Andrews team. All Rise.

     Parade the Colors.

     National Anthem (No Music).

     Retire the Colors,

     Dad Seated, Please be seated

     Let us pray.

  Eternal Father, strong to save,

        Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,

  Who bid'st the mighty ocean deep

        Its own appointed limits keep;

  Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,

        For those in peril on the sea!

       Lord God, our power evermore,

        Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor,

  Dive with our men beneath the sea;

        Traverse the depths protectively.

  O hear us when we pray, and keep

        Them safe from peril in the deep.

  God, Who dost still the restless foam,

        Protect the ones we love at home.

  Provide that they should always be

        By thine own grace both safe and free.

  O Father, hear us when we pray

        For those we love so far away.


     Welcome Family (by name), Friends and Shipmates. I would also like to thank the staff of the Navy Memorial and Heritage Center for all their hospitality.

     Introduce CAPT (Sel.) Fritz Roegge.  Thank CAPT Bird for volunteering his neighbor’s time and talents for today’s service…

     [Roegge speaks]

     [Roegge finishes, takes seat]

     When someone retires from the service, they typically receive several letters of appreciation.  I would like to share several of them with you now.

     From: The Fleet Reserve of the United States Navy.  This is to certify that ETCM(SS) CURTIS D. Haggard was transferred from active duty to the Fleet Reserve of the United States Navy on the 30th day of September 2002 after over 24 years of service.

     This certificate is awarded as a Testimonial of Faithful and Honorable Service.  Signed–N.R. Ryan, Jr., VADM, USN, Chief of Naval Personnel.

     Curt, as Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, I join all Chief Petty Officers in expressing sincere appreciation and boundless gratitude for your sacrifices and dedication given to guard our country’s freedom.

     Your shipmates and I are indebted to you for your unselfish leadership, unfailing loyalty and perseverance all these years.

     As you leave our Navy, the shipmates you leave behind owe you a great deal of gratitude for the lasting impact you made and for the thousands of young Sailors trained by you to carry us into the future.

     I thank you and bid you, Fair winds and following seas.

     Sincerely, Terry D. Scott, MCPON

     Certificate of Appreciation for service in the armed forces of the United States.

     I extend to you my personal thanks and the sincere appreciation of a grateful nation for your contribution of honorable service to our country.

     You have helped maintain the security of the nation during a critical time in its history with a devotion to duty and a spirit of sacrifice in keeping with the proud traditions of military service.

     All Americans join me today in saluting you for a job extremely well done.

     My best wishes to you for happiness and success in the future,

     Signed, George W. Bush, Commander in Chief.

     Dear Master Chief Haggard,

     On the occasion of your retirement from active naval service, let me thank you on behalf of the members of the Naval Institute for your dedication and insight over the past three years.

     Your keen perception and analysis helped us to forge a path ahead during rigorous and demanding times.  You did not shy away from the difficult.

     As a member of the editorial board, you read countless manuscripts, never shirking from the responsibility of giving us your most considered opinion.  Your courage in debate was unquestioned.  In addition, you lent us your expertise in information systems, serving on the Web Committee and advising us on the newest developments in IT systems.

     As you enter a new phase of your life's voyage, please know that the best wishes and the good will of all of us here at the staff of the U.S. Naval Institute go with you and your family.

     Sincerely, Thomas F. Marfiak (RADM, Ret), CEO & Publisher, U.S. Naval Institute

     Dear Curt,

     Let me convey best wishes and congratulations from your colleagues on the Board of Directors of the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

     As you transition to a new phase of your personal and professional life, you can move on proudly. After September 11th, none of us will ever again take for granted or fail to honor the loyalty, commitment and dedication of the men and women of our military services.  

     As the largest ASPA chapter in the country, we face a unique challenge to foster communications and facilitate the engagement of our nearly 700 chapter members.  In large part, that challenge has been met successfully by the highly effective chapter website which, as web master, you have single-handedly shepherded.

     For your tireless efforts and dedication to public service, we offer our sincerest appreciation and we salute you.

     Sincerely, Carol A. Hayashida, President NCAC

     Navy Personnel Command and BUPERS CPOA sent me a beautiful plaque.  Dan was my “last detailer” in the Navy…and so I have asked him to read the inscription for me today.

     Chief Petty Officers–Attention on Deck.

     [WHYBARK] You have on this day, experienced that which comes to all of us who serve on active duty in "OUR NAVY." I say "OUR NAVY," because your departure from active duty in no way terminates your relationship.

    By law and tradition, U.S. Navy Retirees are always on the rolls ever ready to lend their service when the need arises. The respect that you earned as "The Chief" was based on the same attributes that you will now carry into retirement. You should have no regrets.

    Do not view your retirement as an end of an era but rather as orders to a new and challenging assignment, to a form of independent duty.

    Remember well that you have been, and will always be, an accepted member of the most exclusive of all fraternities - that of the U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officers. The active duty Chiefs salute you, your retired Chiefs welcome you.

I wish you the traditional: "Fair Winds and Following Seas." [Please Be Seated]

     [Boyer to Podium: AACPOA] [BOYER READ Plaque Brass & Present]

     [Roegge Rise, Haggard escort Joni to Podium]


     Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Navy.  To all who shall see these presents, greetings: This is to certify that Joni Haggard has earned grateful appreciation for her unselfish, faithful and devoted service during her husband’s naval career.  Her unfailing support and understanding helped to make possible her husband’s lasting contribution to the nation.  Given this 30th day of September 2002, N.R. Ryan, Jr., VADM, USN, Chief of Naval Personnel.

     [Roegge:] Guests Please Rise:

Military: Attention to Award;

[EOT Award]

[Then, Flowers to Joni] 




     In conclusion I would like to thank some very special guests…

     Would all the WW 2 veterans please rise?  Please remain standing for a bit, would you?

     Would those who served during the Korean War please stand and join them?

     Now the Viet Nam veterans.

     We salute you!  We salute your service.  [Hand salute]

     And, finally, would all those who served during the Gulf War please rise.

     Ladies and Gentlemen, join me in thanking our Veterans 

     Please Be Seated.

     President Kennedy was speaking to and about us when he said,  Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, and oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of Liberty.

     Thank You All For Coming.  I hope that I’ve left my Navy a little cleaner than I found it…  May God Bless our Nation and our Leaders.

     The traditional watch relief and my final going ashore will take place on the USS BARRY, so stay tuned for that.

     This afternoon’s Benediction in on the back cover of your program.  You may read along or aloud with me now–Please join me in Prayer.

  The Lord is my pilot–I shall not drift.

  He lights my passage

               across dark channels.

  He steers me through the deep waters;

  He keeps my log.

  He guides me by the North Star

               for my shipmate’s sake.

  Yes, though I sail mid the thunders

               and tempests of life,

  I will fear no peril.

  For Thou art with me;

  Thy stars and Thy heavens,

  They comfort me.

  Surely fair winds and calm seas

               shall follow me

  All the days of my life;

  And I will rest my oar in a

               safe harbor, forever.


     We will leave for the BARRY at 1415 (that’s…2:15 pm).  The winds last night caused us to move the reception onto the Mess Decks on the USS BARRY, so…

     The Bus will depart for the Navy Yard where we debarked on Pennsylvania Avenue.  There is much to see of the Navy Memorial topside, by the Lone Sailor statue–By the way, many think that I was the inspiration for that work of art–take a look at my First Class photo when you get a chance.

     The bus driver will sound five short blasts when it’s time to board the bus.

     Thanks again for coming, see you on deck.



[Welcome] [Introduce Vini] [Grosso]

     Enjoy the Ship & the Food, in a little more than an hour from now, at 1545, the Closing Ceremonies will Begin.

     I would like to thank the Crew of the USS Barry for their warm hospitality and I would like to thank the Skenteris Family for their outstanding Catering, we have Chris and Artemis joining us today.

     Also, from our Navy Band, Master Chief Jerry Ascione will be helping us celebrate…Please help me thank them all. [APPLAUSE]

     Please enjoy yourselves…

     [1545] Military Guests, Please Cover.

     Master Chief Boyer, Muster the Chiefs

     Pass out the song sheets.

     Although JFK said the following at “Canoe U” nearly 40 years ago, and although it was said for a different century, the following is as true today as it ever was.

     Speaking for himself and his naval legacy, he said… I cannot imagine a more rewarding career.  I think that any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: I served in the United States Navy.

     I Shall Now Read My Orders:

     From: Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee

     To: Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower & Personnel) Washington, D.C.

     Subject: BuPers ORDERS Serial 2552 7168 2002 for Master Chief Curtis D. Haggard.

     When directed, detach in June 2002 and report to home of record.  Member is authorized to transfer to the Fleet Reserve of the U.S. Navy in the grade of Master Chief Petty Officer, effective 30 September, 2002.

     Signed // N.R. Ryan, Jr., VADM, USN, Chief of Naval Personnel.

     [Haggard to CDR Palisin:] CDR, Request Permission to Conduct Watch Relief… [Given]

     [Introduce Jeff DeMerchant]

     Remember through the many years when you put to sea amid the tears of loved ones left behind, and worried and hoped they’d be OK?

     For 24 years, Master Chief Haggard has stood the watch. 
     While some of us lay in our bunks at night... this man stood the watch.  While others of us were attending school... this Sailor stood the watch. 
     And yes, even before some of us were born... he stood the watch. 
     As our families watched the storm clouds of war building on the horizons of history... this Master Chief stood the watch. Though he saw his family ashore, often needing his guidance... he still stood his watch.
     For 24 years he has had the courage to honor his commitment... so that we and our fellow countrymen could sleep soundly, in safety, each night.

     Today, we are here to say... Shipmate, Well Done!

     Master Chief, You Stand Relieved... We Have the Watch!

Master Chief Ascione: Stand by for 3 versus of Our Song.

     I would like the Chiefs to sing the first verse and then all of us can join for verses 2 and 3…Master Chief…

  Stand Navy out to sea, fight our battle cry;
    We'll never change our course, so vicious foe steer shy-y-y-y.
      Roll out the TNT, [BOOM!] Anchors Aweigh! Sail on to victory
        And sink their bones to Davy Jones, hooray!

  Anchors Aweigh, my boys, anchors Aweigh.
    Farewell to foreign shores, we sail at break of day-ay-ay-ay.
      Through our last night ashore, drink to the foam,
        Until we meet once more. Here's wishing you a happy voyage home.

  Blue of the mighty deep, gold of God's great sun.
    Let these our colors be till all of time be done, done, done, done.
      On the seven seas we learn Navy's stern call:
        Faith, courage, service true, with honor, over honor, over all.

     CPOs take station, MCPO Whybark, take Charge [GO TOPSIDE]

     Guests: Ready your cameras.  A receiving line will form on the pier and then we will board the bus for return to the Navy Annex (Pack & Go Joe)

     Boatswain... Stand by to Pipe the Side...

     All hands on deck was passed, speeches were made about great victories, battles fought upon the sea, raging storms weathered, and voyages to distant and strange lands with ports-of-call others only dream about.
     The Boatswain would stand tall the sideboys, the retiree would request permission to go ashore - step to the platform and the sideboys would lower away.  As the jolly boat pulled away, the gunner would fire a salute from the ship's main battery, the retiree sat in the stern sheets... going ashore.

     We still stop all engines, lay about smartly, and drop anchor to pay homage to one of our shipmates going ashore. To honor the years served, the guidance, the leadership, the friendship and the expertise that this shipmate has freely given these 24 years.

     The Bos’ns pipe will sound–as we send a shipmate to the shore, there to remain forever more.

     [Haggard to CDR ROEGGE: CDR, Request Permission to Go Ashore… [Given]

     [Stage the Family: Joni & I side by side, then boys]

         ROEGGE: Bos’n: Sound 4 Bells, Shipmate Going Home…

           Bos’n: (Ding Ding…Ding Ding) Master Chief Haggard, Departing

             [Haggards depart…]

     [Pipe the side, Side boys Salute]

       [Sound one bell].

         [Receiving line as group comes off ship.]

           [Load up the Bus and Return.]