Throughout history this truth has been known to the warrior. The Bible teaches us in Nehemiah 4:17 that those “Who were building on the wall. Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other.”

The Vikings tell us in the Havamal to “Never walk away from home ahead of your axe and sword, you can’t feel a battle in you bones or foresee a fight.”

Then their is the Gaelic Proverb “He that keeps not his arms in time of peace will have none in time of war.“

Even the founding fathers remind us of this truth “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined;” George Washington

Two U.S. Navy Vought F-8 Crusader fighters prepare to launch during carrier qualifications from the USS Midway (CVA-41) in 1963. The plane on the left seems to be a F-8D of Marine fighter squadron VMF-232 Red Devils (tailcode “WT”), whereas the F-8E to the right belongs to VF-24 Red Checkertails of Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) (tailcode “NE”), which was stationed aboard the USS Midway from 1958 to 1964. The latter aircraft also seems to be the personal plane of the Commander Air Group (CAG) of CVW-2.