Good evening  Samsudeen Sarr, I hear you loud and clear


Good evening  Samsudeen Sarr, I hear you loud and clear

I hope this message finds you well. I hope you are well rested and able to cope with the recent events in Washington DC as stated in your article. Let me make it clear, I am not related to Tamsir Jassey, never met him or spoke to him. Please remember my article has to do more with the rank of a CHIEF in our Navy than some personality contest. For the record Jamsir was a First Class Petty Officer not a Chief according to his own testimony. You mentioned in one of your responses, you misstated the nomenclature but the ranks are the same which was incorrect Mr. Sarr the ranks are not the same.

I want to assure you my article was not intended to attack your character but to further illustrate your misgivings about the rank of a CHIEF in the world’s most powerful Navy. I am not a spokesman for Mr. Jassey, at least he mustered the courage to show up at TRRC for the world to hear his side of the story. If I can recalled you were adversely mentioned by Mballow Kanteh during his testimony, why couldn’t you appear before the TRRC? I realized you want to make the article about Essa Faal and how he hate Yaya Jammeh, I will not give any relevance to your inferences because it will take us away from discussing pertinent issues.

Further I was flabbergasted by your continue demeaning comments and self-adulation through excessive obsession with bravado. You have mentioned “you never heard my name or who the hell am I”. Yes that maybe true because I am just a poor badibunka guy, who is somewhere in the Diaspora. Why would a guy like yourself who rubbed elbows with Ph.D. Holders as mentioned in your article know a poor badibunka guy? You also mentioned you are a commission officer who has done training with numerous overseas military partners granted that maybe true; at the same time let me be clear, a commission officer also took oath to defend the constitution and be loyal to the institution its serve.

Further a commission officer, who shot himself on the leg just to dodge a pending deployment to lead his men in the battlefield betrayed the trust of his men and his country at large. Additionally, it put the individual’s motivation and loyalty under the microscope in terms of the institution he tried to promote on public domain.  I hope you take solace in accepting experienced leaders have learned through experience and never to assume anything. The four principles lead from the front, self-confidence vs egotism, moral courage, and physical courage. We can all agree from the different branches of the military we teach by example, we inspire our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines to perform deeds of heroism and sacrifice, which often requires suppression of natural feelings such as fear.

Finally, leaders must be present at the forward edge of the battle area so their soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors will follow their example and respect their judgment, leadership ability, and tactical knowledge. I urge you to do more research on the role of a NAVY CHIEF rather than the usual chagrin on online media platforms. Best wishes and Happy New Year.

Sariang Marong

Vancouver, WA


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