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Shoot, Move, and Communicate

By | October 18, 2019

[October 18, 2019]  It’s not easy being in the military.  You have competing priorities with complex assignments and demanding commanders.  To be successful, you have to think hard about your mission and your teammates.  In battle, you have to shoot, move, and communicate. “Think, think, think, that is what we are trying to install because your mind is… Read More »

Good Leaders Tolerate Mistakes

By | October 15, 2019

[October 15, 2019]  The average person thinks that when people make mistakes, they should be punished (e.g., fired from their job, go to prison).  This, however, does not fit reality.  From experience, leaders quickly learn to tolerate the mistakes of others.  They have learned that making mistakes is a well-trodden path to success for us all.  Immediate punishment… Read More »

Living the Dream

By | October 8, 2019

[October 8, 2019]  It was sometime just after midnight when our base came under intense mortar fire from Shia militias pledged to fight for cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.  Our combat engineers had been on route clearance duty “outside the wire” looking for IEDs on the roadside.1  I approached one gruffy engineer Staff Sergeant who had been leading his men… Read More »