Choices

Over the last few weeks I have had the pleasure of wearing the Velvet Hat of Sage Advice for a friend’s daughter as well as my own son as they are confronted with two very distinct challenges in life. In the case of my friend’s daughter, her high school U.S. History class was recently disrupted …

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Billy Mitchell’s Legacy

Examine the life and military biography of William "Billy" Mitchell (1879-1936). How did Mitchell's professional military career and experiences inform his views on the possibilities of American air power?  What is his legacy to American air power? They cyclic nature of history provides an interesting look at the theories and warnings espoused by Mitchell in …

What Advice Would NCOs Like to Give to Unseasoned Officers?

This question originally came from Quora and, like others, I took it and ran with it a bit more than I could... and probably still missed some valid points.  Oh, these topics really make me smile with all sorts of great answers from folks too numerous and well-spoken to list with any brevity. Speaking from …

“What Made You Smile Today?”

A series of texts at12:23am: “Psst, got some news... I made the E7 list.” “…I cannot thank you enough for writing the letter for me. Words just seem empty compared to how I am filled with gratitude… you have always believed in me. That helps make someone go a long way.” The source of the …

The Crimean War, the American Civil War… Clausewitz, Jomini, and Mahan

I have considered revising some of my academic submissions into long-form posts here, but in the meantime (and consistent with my recent post), I am going to leave this as largely as it was saved – with the question or comments in italics. Of course, feedback – especially on readability – will always be appreciated. …

Influences of Interwar Doctrine and Training on the Successes of U.S. Submarines in the Pacific Theater of Operations During the Second World War

Photo caption: USS Harder (SS 257) off the coast of Woleai during the rescue of Ensign John Gavlin, April 1, 1944. (Source: https://www.navalhistory.org/2012/07/24/operation-forager) ABSTRACT Current trends in leadership training often overlook historic examples of effective leadership – the developmental processes and the results of the professional background of leaders in an operational environment. The development of the submarine influenced the …

Turkey, Leadership, and the Fire Pit

Originally posted November 27, 2015. A post-Thanksgiving dinner brought the topic of my paper on Charles A. Lockwood,'s leadership during the Second World War and the feedback of the host was especially appreciated due to his prior service as an officer in the U.S. Navy: “You wrote that Lockwood had both ‘transactional’ and ‘transformational’ leadership …

Happiness Through Progression and Career Stagnation

Originally posted October 15, 2014. The instructions for the assignment were "Write a narrative in which you tell about an experience that affected you in a positive way. Write your narrative for a general audience that would include your classmates..." According to most senior enlisted personnel in the Army, I would be considered, among other …