by Ernest Huber, ©2022

Admiral Hayes, Lieutenant Huber, Mrs. Hayes (Photo courtesy Ernest Huber)

(Jul. 17, 2022) — In 1983 my ship and squadron transited from San Diego to Anchorage, Alaska.  The Navy League sponsored a welcoming dinner for officers at the country club.  League members in their cars lined up at our brow to take us to the club.  My turn came and a black Mercedes awaited.  A tall, distinguished older man got out, introduced himself as Jack, said he had just retired, then opened the right rear passenger door for me.  Jack’s wife Elizabeth was sitting in the front passenger seat.  We all chatted en route to the club.  Jack turned to speak with me as he drove, and inadvertently crossed the centerline.  A large semi truck was quickly approaching, I dove over the seat, spun the wheel to the right, and the semi missed us by inches.  Elizabeth fainted, but we were all okay.  That was the start of a long friendship.

At the club Jack wanted me to dine with them.  Several commanding officers came over to our table and tried to chat with Jack, but he dismissed them and continued talking with me.  I told him about the nearly disastrous main space fire we had in the Gulf of Alaska, and how calmly and professionally my bridge watchstanders had performed during the emergency.  Dinner finished, they drove me back to my ship, and invited me to accompany them to Elmendorf AFB for Memorial Day events the next day.

At Elmendorf I was in charge of the Navy contingent presenting colors.  Jack and Elizabeth sat in the front row and they saved me a seat.  The Base Commander and Master of Ceremonies then said he was honored to present the guest speaker, the 16th U.S. Coast Guard Commandant and member of President Carter’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Admiral John “Jack” Hayes!  I was stunned.  Jack and Elizabeth hadn’t given me a clue of their full identities.  Jack smiled at me, strode to the podium, and was most eloquent.

In 1990, eleven years BEFORE the 9/11 attacks, I was setting up and training one of the first joint operations counterterrorism centers, and was frequently visited by Coast Guard junior admirals who started to interfere with my operations that were primarily focused on muslim jihadis.  I enlarged the above photo of Admiral Hayes, Mrs. Hayes, and me, and taped it to the third inner security door of my center.  When the admirals next visited they asked if I knew Admiral Hayes.  I told them we were friends.  The senior admiral quickly said, “Carry on, Commander.”  I never saw them again.

Admiral John Briggs “Jack” Hayes was in Florida on January 17, 2001, when he was struck and killed by a car.  He was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on January 31, 2001.  Eight months later the 9/11 muslim army terrorists attacked.

Biden and treasonous domestic enemies who completed their overthrow of our government by subverting the Presidential election subsequently surrendered Afghanistan to the muslim Taliban army, causing the murder of thousands of our citizens and allies, and aiding and comforting the enemy with $68 billion of our advanced military equipment and weaponry.  The most heinous enemies are in DC.

From my 2010 Congressional candidate‘s National Defense plank:  “It is also clear that the Afghanis have absolutely no interest in becoming a western democracy and that they are just going along with us to get what they can.  When we leave, they will have a new and improved Islamic country.  We should leave now.”  We left catastrophically, and those responsible committed treason against us in the process.  They must pay.

“18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason                                                                                                               

 Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”


Ernest Huber is a retired Naval officer. He graduated from Gonzaga University and Gonzaga Law School, and was an Army military intelligence officer, counterterrorism watch commander, GOP area chair, and Congressional candidate.           

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