Reach Out and Live Your Dreams

We haven’t had a “Video of the Week” in quite some time.  I got nostalgic this week, and wanted to dig back to the ’80’s; arguably one of the greatest decades for pop music in America and the World.  So, how do I just let loose on this Friday and let it all hang out for the end of the week when my blog is solely dedicated to the discussion of leadership and the synergies between military and corporate leadership?  Well, that’s what dreams are made of.

I joined the Navy during the Top Gun days.  No, not because of the movie; I had bigger influences, and, yes, dreams.  The movie, “Top Gun” was all the rage in the mid-80’s, and young men were joining the Navy and Air Force to become jet fighter pilots.  You talk about dreams.  To become a pilot, let alone a jet fighter pilot of a multi-million dollar piece of government hardware, was a lofty dream.  But, with a dream and a plan, many set out to become part of something bigger than themselves.  I’m sure most realized that becoming a fighter pilot was not realistic; but, again, they had a dream.  For most, many who joined the Navy and Air Force during that time realized their dreams in their own way, and found their ‘wings’ in a variety of career fields in their respective services.

The point?  Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.  But, we dream all the time, don’t we?  We have those images, ideas, emotions and sensations on a lot of things during our day; during our lives.  We don’t need someone to define our dreams all the time.  We know what we want or desire.  We may not always know how to get from here to there, but that’s what dreams are made of.

So, today I thought we would rekindle the Video of the Week feature on this blog with a few ‘dream sequences’ energized by a few familiar military images.  Let’s break away for a few moments and dream on this beautiful Friday, and let’s follow our dreams to wherever they take us.  Enjoy the sensations and collect your emotions from whatever your dreams are made of.  As the Van Halen song, “Dreams,” says:  “…we live in a World that must be strong…and in the end, on dreams we will depend…that’s what dreams are made of.”

Ironically, the videos I am presenting today are military-oriented and follow the “dream” theme of this post. We have Van Halen’s “Dreams” featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Runnin’ Down A Dream” featuring the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds. So, get motivated and start DREAMING!!! And, remember…It’s not a dream if you CAN DO IT!!! And, as these videos depict, our fighter pilots in the Navy and Air Force can certainly do some amazing things.


(simply curse over the various ads and banners on the video(s) to avoid their distraction)






Van Halen is copyright Interscope Records, a record label owned by Universal Music Group. Original video footage is copyright of its respective owner(s). Fair Use is implied and this video’s purpose is to entertain. No copyright infringement is intended.

Footage usage from Thunderama 2011. The video be found on the USAF Thunderbirds multimedia page at I do not own the music. Again, the music and original video footage is copyright of its respective owner(s). Fair Use is implied and this video’s purpose is to entertain. No copyright infringement is intended.


6 Responses to “Reach Out and Live Your Dreams”

  1. Thanks, Dale,

    Most awesome thing I ever saw, my freshman year the Angels flew a show at Purdue Airport. We went out for rehearsal (less crowded and no crowd control) we were directly under the solo flight path. If you haven’t seen an F4J at ~200 ft, inverted and about Mach .5 over your head you’ve missed out.

    Next story was about ten years later when my chapter of the Air Force Asscociation hosted the Thunderbirds at a dinner at the Notre Dame University Club (we had good places at the show, too 🙂 ) but sitting down and chatting with these guys was indescribable.


  2. If you exclude dreams and their pursuit from human endeavors, how does one then define the quality of human life.


  3. The Blue Angels rock!


  4. Jose LugoSantiago - Craft Your Journey! Says:

    Thank you for the videos. I like the Us Air Force video…smile! Well, our Navy brethering are also cool. Our men and women present tremendous capability to our country.


  5. Thanks Dale. I am a keen amateur military historian and fan, particularly emphasising the air force. Dreams is one of the great 80’s songs and I have not seen the video clip for some years so thank you for sharing again. Tomorrow is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand so this timing has much relevance. ANZAC Day does not celebrate war but does acknowledge and remember those who have fought and continue to do so. I have just attended a liturgy and service at the school my daughters attend, which was quite emotional, especially as many of the children have parents in the army, with the Enoggera Army barracks existing in our region. I am sure all of the children have dreams, tempered somewhat by their exposure and experiences to events in Afghanistan, Iraq and other military connections. To dream matters – to remember is important!


  6. […] make the best and most important decision of my life; to join the world’s greatest navy, and to reach out to live my dreams.  I entered into a Naval Reserve program known as The Naval Reserve Sea Air Mariner Program […]


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