SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 13, 2015) Lightning strikes the water as San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) navigates between storms. The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is currently operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Liam Kennedy/Released)

Blazin’ Guns

by Lance Garland

Blazin’ Guns: an affectionate nickname coined by the crew of my frigate.

Blazin’: for my large (gay) personality. You’d have to be blazing to be that open during Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

Guns: the nickname for the specialty rating of Gunner’s Mate, a small arms technician and master of the ship’s cannon. Who ever heard of a gay with a gun?

“Hey, that’s Blazin’ Guns to you, and I teach you how to shoot. To top that off this southpaw learned backward in order to instruct all you right-handed shooters.”

Never a task made easy, charged with other’s educational processes. The first to blaze a light on the unknown must learn to speak a common language.