Category Archives: Respect

Dogs of War

[September 24, 2017]  During my first assignment with the 1st Cavalry Division in the Iraqi War, one of our early engineer tasks was to design and build a military dog facility.  Dog handlers and their canine friends were part of our unit and were responsible for local security.  The Iraqi insurgents we captured called them… Read More »

The Battle of Antietam

[September 17, 2017]  This date in history is well-known in the annals of humankind for September 17th produced a number of life-changing events for Americans and most Western nations.  For example, this was the date in 1787 that the U.S. Constitution was signed, in 1939 the Soviet Union invaded Poland as part of that war’s… Read More »

The Halls of Montezuma

[September 13, 2017]  Several years ago, a small group of us “grunt” Infantrymen were invited to attend a formal U.S. Marine Corps’ Mess Night with the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines (Infantry).  We had much in common as our primary job in defending the nation has always been to “close with and destroy the enemy.”  That… Read More »

Remembering the 9/11 Islamic Attacks on America

[September 11, 2017]  When we speak of past events it should be noted that people remember things differently and attach many levels of meaning and emotion to them.  Like most of us in the United States, things changed for my military peers after the Islamic attacks on September 11, 2001 (aka 9/11). For senior leaders… Read More »

Happy 4th Anniversary: theLeaderMaker

[September 3, 2017]  Happy “4th” Anniversary to theLeaderMaker!  Special thanks to all my regular and new readers who have all made this leadership blog successful. As every regular reader knows, I post usually once per day on a topic of relevance to leaders across the world.  There is never a shortage of topics and although… Read More »

Volunteers, Core Values, and Hurricane Harvey

[August 31, 2017]  We don’t hear much about American core values anymore and we certainly don’t see them on television, read about them in the news, or have politicians discuss them.  But we do see them in action.  The latest are values shown by volunteers who have come out to help those in the state… Read More »

Wongo Wongo & Purple Heart United

[August 7, 2017]  The many stories of World War II bring us closer to the veterans of that war and to their families … and so it should be.  One story involves a crewmember of the “Wongo Wongo” which participated in Operation Tidal Wave.  The operation was the costliest mission in U.S. Army Air Force… Read More »

Hero: Davy Crockett

[July 3, 2017]  As we look back across time it is difficult to ascertain the qualities of most of humankind’s best leadership except for those who have made deep contributions.  Davy Crockett is one of those who tackles our imaginations and pricks our interest in many ways.  He is a true American folk hero and… Read More »

Freedom Center: Serving Our Heroes

[June 7, 2017]  As I traveled about several states over the past four days, I was lucky to come across the Freedom Center in the North Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.  My wife and I have traveled in nearly every major airport in the continental U.S. and look forward to stopping by to visit USO… Read More »

Memorial Day 2017: A Time for our Hearts

[May 29, 2017]  Annually, on Memorial Day I give a speech about the meaning of this very special day.  This day is special not just for those citizens of the United States but also for those in foreign lands where our military has gone to protect them from evil.  Today, my speech is about what… Read More »