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What makes a great combat leader?

Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

A Colonel Frey was recently relieved of command in Iraq. Read this article and let us know if you think it was just. Was he a great leader; or, was he a poor officer that deserved his dismissal?

This is an amazing article that has created a tremendous amount of great comments. Many of the replies are from soldiers who fought with Colonel Frey. This is a vital conversation that has been continuing since the first war ever: What makes a great combat leader?

I guarantee that you will have a visceral reaction to reading this. (I am particularly fascinated by the stream of comments from Sgt. Mason.)

A look inside a National Guard unit known for valor, dysfunction:LA Times 9/14/11
Click HERE.

Here is my first reaction:

The Military has a cookie cutter persona that they expect every officer to conform to. And there are good reasons for this. But there must be room for the exceptional who are more effective by thinking individually, instead of conforming.

I would have been honored to serve under this Colonel. He was an inspirational leader that his men trusted and admired. His on-the-ground leadership no doubt saved far more lives than were lost.

I salute this great American leader. We need more men like this to lead our sons and daughters into battle!

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