Neptunus Lex – as he was known in the Navy milblog community, Captain Carroll LeFon, USN (Ret.) to the rest of the world – is gear-up, flaps-up and well on the way for his final mission. You can hear why by following this link.

Back in the early days of the milblog world, there were very few. Lex was out there early in late ’03, and when I started in mid-’04, I was already familiar with his work as one of the few Navy voices out there. With Sean, Joel, Chap, Will, Skippy, EagleOne – it was a small group in the beginning and we all helped each other out getting started, and Lex was there for all of us.

I hadn’t been blogg’n for long when he first reached out to me – in a good humored way – to let me know that I may want to dial it back a bit. I think our conversation went something like this as an active duty Captain to active duty Commander;

Lex: “Not to tell you how to run your blog, but I think you went to far on that post yesterday.”
Me: “Am I on report?”
Lex: “No, just thought I would give you a little nudge on your last post, as it is a bit too much.”
Me: “I know. You’re right.”
Lex: “It’s OK, its your blog. You just might want to let it sit for awhile before you take it out of draft next time.”
Me: “Thanks.”

After our initial email conversation, I teased him a bit as the “Navy milblog SOPA.” As at that time we were mostly to fully anon in many ways; we didn’t really know who was the senior active duty blogg’r – but we generally gave Lex the nod.

A gentleman, officer, good stick, good writer, and just plain good man. Over the years, we would comment on each others blog now and then – and exchange emails much more to share ideas, pass off tips …. or return to our original conversation. That was Lex; part blog buddie, part mentor, part philosopher, but a gentle professional always.

There were also a few projects we worked on together over the years in that way you can in the blogosphere. Always a pleasure to coordinate with as he was always focused on the goal of the collaboration – not himself. Thanks to the opportunities provided by USNI, I even had the opportunity to break bread with him a few times. He retired right before I did, and as I made that transition I watched Lex’s path.

The path that took him back to the aircraft. In a fashion, he died serving his nation as he knew best – in the cockpit.

In life, on-line and off, he built a strong network of acquaintances and friends – that too speaks a lot for the man – and most of us are in the same place right now.

On that note, I will leave Lex with a thank you, well done, and farewell for now.

When we meet again.


Posted by CDRSalamander in Aviation

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  • Bob Reed

    A great man, loving father and husband, and one of the best damn writers I ever had the pleasure of reading.

    Godspeed Lex, may God bless and keep your loved ones and grace them with all they need in their time of grief and suffering.

    Fair winds and following seas.

  • Tom Garrison

    Those of us who knew Caroll long before he put pen to blog are not surprised to see the broad impact of his inspiring words. We only knew his witty teenage grin and the wonderful lifelong wisecracks that kept the rest of us on our toes. He parried with the best of them, mastered the sky above, and was a smiling force to reckon with –

    Thank you, my friend. God Bless


  • Dr. Tracy M. Baker

    I read some more of Capt Lefon’s musings on ATAC’s memorial page to him and I am awed at his insight into daily occurences and his humility. Most of all, I am impressed at his obvious patriotism. The most poignant musing was when he discussed his pride in never having to use the Martin-Baker option for landing. I have to wonder if he wasn’t trying to keep his record clear of that option on the day he crashed. In his musing, he said he knew he had to keep that option in his mind since he might need it someday, but I can’t help but think that if he had been more ready to use it, he might be with us today. I have enjoyed his writings IMMENSELY and wish he was still with us. I’m not a pilot, but enjoy his flying stories greatly. I hope his family is recovering from their great loss and hope they at least have a warm glow from the years trhey had with him that soothes the pain of his loss.