General Robert Neller is a four-star Marine general and Commandant of the Marine Corps, which is the highest ranking member of the Marines. He is a member of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and he is also a Trekkie.
General Neller’s love of Trek was revealed as he recently spoke to the Atlantic Council think tank and was asked about being a Trekkie. Neller is particularly fond of TNG and Captain Picard. Here is what he had to say about Trek and the Star Trek: The Next Generation leader’s style.
I think that Star Trek is a leadership show. I think it talks about the future. There have been four of five different version of Star Trek and my favorite is Star Trek: The Next Generation with Jean Luc Picard as the captain of the Enterprise. I have always enjoyed watching it. It is a little hokey sometimes, but we talk a lot about modernization and technology. I think, above anything else, it is a leadership show because you always find the crew and the captain are put in some sort moral, ethical or operational dilemma, which I find interesting.
You can watch Gen. Neller discuss Star Trek from his talk to the Atlantic Council below.
The clip of Gen. Neller was highlighted by the military and veterans site Task & Purpose, which also added examples of 5 Star Trek episodes that could inspire troops to follow you.
More Great Links for the week
NPR: Advice To Parachuting Docs: Think Before You Jump Into Poor Countries (Discusses applying Star Trek’s prime directive to medical ethics)
Huffington Post: How ‘Star Trek” Made History 22 Years Ago With A Same-Sex Kiss
Tweets of the week: American Chopper takes on TOS ships
Star Trek author Dayton Ward had some fun this week on Twitter with fan debates over canon. Recently a meme from the reality show American Chopper started popping up around the web, and so Ward inserted the Trek issue over ship insignia into this epic rant.
— Dayton Ward (@daytonward) April 6, 2018
He followed that up with a second American Chopper meme thread, all about if Spock was the first Vulcan in Starfleet.
Video of the week: Admiration for the USS Enterprise
One of our fave channels on YouTube, ECHenry, has another Star Trek-themed video this week, appreciating the design of the USS Enterprise.
That’s it for this week’s update. Keep up with all the fun Star Trek from around the web in our Great Links category.