Leave Decisions to your Team

By | December 16, 2020

[December 16, 2020]  “Make only important decisions.”  So began my first mentoring sessions by one of the most respected sergeants in the U.S. Army.  I was a new, inexperienced Second Lieutenant; he was battle-tested, senior career NCO.  “Doing so will give your team the power to carry out your orders.” He was originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and… Read More »

Why I’m an American Patriot

By | December 15, 2020

[December 15, 2020]  Yes … I’m a flag-waving American Patriot.  My 40 years in the U.S. Army did not make me a patriot.  Growing up in a patriotic family did not make me a patriot.  I’m a patriot because I lived half my life overseas in 20 foreign countries, on four continents, which made me a patriot.  With… Read More »

Are We a Flabby, Cowardly, Cynical, Leftist Lot?

By | December 14, 2020

[December 14, 2020]  A Gallup poll in October 1940 found American youth as “a flabby, pacifist, yellow, cynical, discouraged, and leftist lot.”  On the precipice of war, the United States was wholly unprepared militarily or socially.  We were, indeed, a cowardly, leftist lot.  Today, we are no different. We honor and respect the Greatest Generation; those who served… Read More »

Hero: Chuck Yeager

By | December 12, 2020

[December 12, 2020]  It has been said that a hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown.  That, my friends, describes Chuck Yeager, flying combat ace, and test pilot – a real American hero. “You don’t concentrate on risks.  You concentrate on results.  No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.” –… Read More »

It Was an Unfair Fight

By | December 10, 2020

[December 10, 2020]  Not all fights on the battlefield are with guns.  Yesterday, I spoke with a battle-buddy of mine from our first unit’s deployment in the Iraq War.  You know the conversation … old war stories, what happened to us, and how it made for something to tell the grandkids.  Scotty, at the time a U.S. Army… Read More »

10 Rules for Success:  Bill Gates

By | December 9, 2020

[December 9, 2020]  It has been said that success is not measured by our accomplishments but by the size of the obstacles we overcome and the courage we show.  William “Bill” H. Gates III is an American business magnate and philanthropist.  He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corportation.1 It’s hard to argue with the success… Read More »