Failed vs Succeeded…

“If an army fails, it is because its leaders have failed; if it succeeds, it is because they have succeeded.” Matthew B. Ridgway (1895 to 1993) General Matthew Bunker Ridgway was a senior officer in the US Army, who served as Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the 19th Chief of Staff of the US Army.… Read More

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The Head…

“The personality of the general is indispensable; he is the head, he is the all, of an army. The Gauls were not conquered by the Roman Legion, but by Caesar. It was not before the Carthagenian soldiers that Rome was made to tremble, but before Hannibal. It was not the Macedonian phalanx which penetrated into… Read More

Three Essentials…

“Our success over our enemies will depend upon the degree of development of certain essentials of military personnel: 1. Skillful and resolute leadership. 2. A high morale. 3. Well organized and disciplined troops. If we have the first of these three we are bound to have the last two.” General Alexander M. Patch (1889 to… Read More

Inner Qualities…

“Neither bars nor stars make an officer. An individual becomes an officer only when he develops those inner qualities of honesty, self–sacrifice, and attention to duty that are always inherent to real leadership.” General Samuel D. Sturgis, Jr (1897 to 1964) Samuel Davis Sturgis Junior was an American Army officer, retiring as a Lieutenant General.… Read More

Stresses & Responsibilities…

“In these perilous times which face mankind the world over, I would like to stress the moral and ethical side of leadership responsibility. For it is in the area of moral courage, truth and honor that the fibers of character are strengthened sufficiently to sustain men under the great stresses and responsibilities facing our military… Read More

Modern Leadership Demands…

“Modern leadership demands officers who can accept challenge with initiative, originality, fidelity, understanding, and, above all, the willingness to fully assume the responsibilities of command.” General Bruce C. Clarke (1901 to 1988) US Army General who served in WW1, WW2 (awarded three Silver Stars) and the Korean War. Graduated from West Point as an engineer… Read More

NCO’s & Battlefield Reassurance…

“When a soldier looks up on the battlefield he will not see his first sergeant, sergeant major, company commander, battalion commander …. he won’t even see his platoon sergeant! He WILL see HIS sergeant …. the squad leader, crew chief, team leader, tank commander …. and this NCO will principally provide the leadership, advice, counsel,… Read More