Category Archives: Information

They Were Tough SOBs

By | October 31, 2020

[October 31, 2020]  In the first half of twentieth-century America, boxing was one of the most popular sports; in popularity, number one tied with baseball. The fighters were some of the toughest and fastest people ever.  As my ex-Drill Sergeant Bryant used to say, they were tough SOBs. Growing up, I got to meet many WWII and Korean… Read More »

Headspace and Timing

By | October 30, 2020

[October 30, 2020]  Military jargon permeates our society.  Headspace and timing, though, is a technical term meaning to adjust weapon systems so they fire correctly.  Usually used with the Browning .50 caliber heavy machinegun, adjusting headspace and timing is critical for its proper use.  However, I will be using as jargon rather than technically. The U.S. Department of… Read More »

We Call it Highfalutin Talk

By | October 25, 2020

[October 25, 2020]  Leaders are at their best when telling us about their vision and the ways and means to achieve that vision.  Top-of-the-line leadership means being precise in what you say to avoid misunderstandings and to communicate your thinking.  That is why highfalutin talk is not recommended; unless you are purposefully obscuring something of importance. I’m not… Read More »

‘You’re Only Average, Lieutenant Satterfield’

By | October 15, 2020

[October 15, 2020]  Officers in the U.S. military are, at minimum, give annual evaluations that provide feedback on both their performance and potential.  Evaluations are crucial to the career of the officer and impact future performance.  Thus, when I received my very first evaluation, I was upset.  It read, ‘You’re only average, 2LT Satterfield.’ I don’t particularly appreciate… Read More »