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February 05, 2004

A report from the field.

From an email. I've confirmed there is an officer by this name in this unit, so I'm inclined to accept this at face value. There are elements here that make me suspect this if from a website, possibly with a copyright - so if anyone has any further info, please let me know so I can act appropriately.

UPDATE: And I was right. It's from the Army Times, a paper I quit reading long ago when I got tired of their format shift to tabloid headlines. And I *know* they'll have copyright issues, so, if you are coming to this late: you'll either have to subscribe to the Army Times, or send me an email, and I'll email it to you.

Thanks, John.

The article is here.

Rather than play the 'fair usage' game and editorialize on CPT Morgan's comments, I'm just deleting most of it because I don't have anything useful to add, except this observation from a former "certified TRADOC platform instructor". You are paid to be in class, pay attention - the guy on the platform usually knows what he's talking about - even if he hasn't been there, the material he's presenting was prepared by people who were.

Throughout this conflict, I discovered that most things taught in Army schools remain valid and worth remembering during my decision-making process. The most important factors that were reinforced to me that applies to everything discussed here is the necessity to conduct combat AARs after every patrol, whether there was contact or not. Second, Troop Leading Procedures are vital, especially conducting a reconnaissance, rehearsals and building a terrain model, and supervising platoon and leader operation orders and rehearsals. Third, and most important, maintain an offensive spirit always. Look for the enemy to shoot at you, shoot back and kill or capture them. Bold leaders are dangerous and that is what you want in them as they fight this fight.