Military

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A life loved to the extreme

November 25, 2016
Some leaders have so much to their lives that it’s hard to capture. Such is the case with David William Beautiful Bald Eagle.

Learn to suffocate your instincts

November 4, 2016
“You have to be clear as a leader what your expectations are and how you will hold people accountable.”

A rescue mission like no other

June 23, 2016
Henry Mucci didn’t mince words with his men. As leader of the U.S. Army 6th Ranger Battalion, Lt. Col. Mucci bluntly warned his 100+ troops that they could die on their next mission.

A Navy SEAL’s steely attitude

November 19, 2015
Rear Admiral Garry Bonelli, a U.S. Navy SEAL, knows that attitude can drive success. He’s the first and only reservist ever to command an active-duty SEAL team.

A ray of hope from Dwight D. Eisenhower

June 25, 2015
“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head,” said the general and President. “That’s assault, not leadership.”

Tap humor when you need it most

November 5, 2014
During nearly 5½ years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, Lee Ellis relied on his sense of humor to keep him going. But it took his first three months in captivity for him to recapture his ability to laugh. Then 24, Ellis recalls the first time he flashed his humor as a POW.

WWII colonel risked life with squad

June 12, 2014

In November 1942, Col. Curtis LeMay delivered a briefing to his World War II bomber pilots. He told them they would fly directly toward the target, maximizing the risk of German anti-aircraft fire. LeMay revealed that he would fly the lead bomber, and his willingness to make himself a focal point for enemy fire inspired the squadron.

Surviving ‘hell’ to become a Navy SEAL

April 30, 2014
Eric Greitens became a Navy SEAL by becoming a leader. He figured the best way to start Hell Week would be to pull together a team of seven and keep them together, using the chaos of night to their advantage …

Military recipe for change: ‘Z-grams’

January 30, 2014
Starting his career as a junior naval officer, Adm. Elmo Zumwalt Jr. earned a series of promotions to become the youngest vice admiral in Navy history. He commanded U.S. naval forces in Vietnam and, at age 49, became chief of naval operations—the youngest man to serve as the Navy’s highest-ranking ­officer.

Reduce the message to 3×5 cards

October 15, 2013

William Gus Pagonis ran logistics in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Based on the 18 months that Pagonis directed the movement of troops and supplies to the Gulf, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf praised him as the war’s “logistical wizard.” How did Pagonis do it?

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