The 50% Ranger

The 50% Ranger

DDLLC 2016-006 The 50% Ranger “I’m going to count backwards from ten. If you can’t stop shaking, if you can’t stop your teeth from chattering, you better let your Ranger Instructor (RI) know right away?” “We’ve already had someone lose a toe. It ain’t worth it.”...
DDLLC 2016-005 Gold Medal Validation: KFOR

DDLLC 2016-005 Gold Medal Validation: KFOR

Thirty-seven nations dog-piled into the mosh-pit wanna-be nation of Kosovo. Each army arriving to drive a wedge between Serbian and Albanian forces and stop genocidal activities. The world had finally grown sick of witnessing this never-ending tragedy unfold. Each...
Deconstructing the Five Paragraph Operations Order

Deconstructing the Five Paragraph Operations Order

DDLLC 2016-004 Deconstructing the 5 Paragraph Operations Order Swinging open the passenger door of our small Mitsubishi SUV, known in army circles as an NTV or non-tactical vehicle, I hop out. We’re already late. This is my first visit to the Al Faw Palace in Baghdad....
Operationalizing Troop Leading Procedures

Operationalizing Troop Leading Procedures

DDLLC 2016-003 Operationalizing Troop Leading Procedures So as I lay there on my back, hands clutched behind my head, staring, watching and listening to the enormous billowing and snapping of this huge army tent, I pondered our situation. My patience was thin. This...
Why Leadership Still Reigns

Why Leadership Still Reigns

DDLLC 2016-002 Why Leadership Still Reigns As a full colonel in the US Army and having been a fair student of leadership for more than 30 years, with 3 full tours overseas from lieutenant through lieutenant colonel, I feel comfortable discussing the art and science of...