Lost in the flap over 26th Legislative District candidate Doug Richards’ abruptly terminated U.S. Navy career and his truncated discharge document is the extraordinary letter that accompanies incumbent Rep. Larry Seaquist’s DD-214. It is a letter of endorsement from Andrew W. Marshall, director of Net Assessment, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, written upon Navy Capt. Larry Seaquist’s retirement in June 1994.
It reads: “It is a special pleasure to note that Captain Seaquist … is completing an exceptionally distinguished career. Combining remarkable professionalism, a deep understanding of U.S. and international security organizations, and a truly unique capacity for innovative thinking about strategic issues, he has made many, many original and lasting contributions to national security strategy and defense policy.”
As a friend and supporter of Seaquist, I can tell you that this endorsement refers to his work to realign U.S. strategic policy and restructure defense funding for a post-Cold War world. Seaquist reduced military budgets and eliminated obsolete programs while increasing readiness.
This is the person with the vision and strategic mindset needed to realign our state’s budgetary priorities and restructure government services in our post-recession economy.