Taking Care…

“Readiness is the best way of truly taking care of soldiers.” Richard A. Kidd (1943 to Present) Richard A. Kidd is a retired United States Army soldier (1962 to 1995) who served as the ninth Sergeant Major of the Army. He was sworn in on 02 July 1991 and served until his term expired in… Read More

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Previous Reputation…

“When you are commanding, leading [soldiers] under conditions where physical exhaustion and privations must be ignored, where the lives of [soldiers] may be sacrificed, then, the efficiency of your leadership will depend only to a minor degree on your tactical ability. It will primarily be determined by your character, your reputation, not much for courage-which… Read More

My Confidence is…

“My confidence in you is total. Our cause is just! Now you must be the thunder and lightning of Desert Storm. May God be with you, your loved ones at home, and our country.” General Norman Schwarzkopf (1934 to 2012), speaking in 1991 Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf was a US Army officer who commanded Operation Desert… Read More

Obligation to Errors & Excellence…

“Discipline can only be obtained when all the officers are imbued with the sense of their awful obligation to their men and to their country that they cannot tolerate negligence. Officers who fail to correct errors or to praise excellence are valueless in peace and dangerous misfits in war.” George S. Patton Jr (1885 to… Read More

Impossible vs Possible

“One must demand the impossible to ensure that the possible will be achieved.” Field Marshal Helmut von Moltke (1800 to 1891) Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf[ von Moltke was a Prussian field marshal. The chief of staff of the Prussian Army for thirty years, he is regarded as the creator of a new, more modern method… Read More

Strength of Character…

“Intelligence, knowledge, and experience are telling prerequisites. Lack of these may, if necessary, be compensated for by a good general staff officer. Strength of character and inner fortitude, however, are decisive factors. The confidence of the men in the ranks rests upon a man’s strength of character.” Erich von Manstein (1887 to 1973) Erich von… Read More

A Commander Should…

“A commander should have a profound understanding of human nature, the knack of smoothing out troubles, the power of winning affection while communicating energy, and the capacity for ruthless determination where require by circumstances. He needs to generate an electrifying current, and to keep a cool head in applying it.” Captain Sir Basil Liddell Hart… Read More