RINGKNOCKER Virtual Meetup #22 with John Cordle
John Cordle (USNA ‘84) is a former Navy Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer, with an aircraft carrier reactor officer tour and two at-sea command tours under his belt, who finished his Navy career as Chief of Staff for COMNAVSURFLANT. Given all that, plus what many of us (ahem) know first-hand about the Surface Warfare trade, John has a rather astonishing obsession: SLEEP.
John’s co-authorship in 2013 of the article “A Sea Change in Standing Watch” won him the Surface Navy Association’s “Author of the Year” award, as well as BUMED’s “Epictetus” Award for Innovative Leadership. There have been more awards since, including USNI’s PROCEEDINGS “Author of the Year” for 2018 and ASNE’s 2019 Solberg Award.
The science is straightforward: fatigue creates an impairment in judgment and reaction time that is comparable to intoxication. Sleep deprivation translates directly into operational incidents that are at once expensive in terms of lives and materiel, and completely avoidable. Fast forward to 2020, and much of the Navy has adopted John’s key ideas in the form of Circadian Watchstanding, an innovation that promises a revolution in at-sea quality of life for ship-drivers of all descriptions.
This week, John will share these ideas with the RINGKNOCKERs, and explain something so twisted it almost hurts to type: how YOU can sleep as well as a SWO!
DON’T MISS THIS ONE!