Returning to the 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) to assume command as the brigade commander brings me much joy to be reunited with great Non-Commission Officers and Officers that I have previously served with. Unfortunately, this brigade is no longer the brigade I remember when I commanded a battalion within the 4th ABCT not so long ago. In the last 30 days, I have had the opportunity to observe the ABCT and review a multitude of historical documents to assess the state of the brigade. During my observation, I believe the critical leadership problem in the 4th ABCT’s is the lack of vision for the brigade. Therefore, this critical problem has led to other challenging issues within the brigade. My intent is to provide a clear vision to the 4th ABCT, that states, “Be the best armor brigade in the world, consisting of trained, responsible, motivated, and caring Soldiers and Families; capable of executing any assigned mission with unequaled success.
SGT Daniel Bissell embodied what we envision as a Legacy Leader. His impact on the Corps of Non-Commissioned Officers may not be so well known today, but the actions for which he received the highest award of the Revolutionary War, evinced not only the spirit of the of the Warrior Ethos and the Army Values, but also the competencies and attributes of an Army leader.
The Battle of Bunker Hill is perceived strategically through the words of Colonel William Prescott, "Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.” A notorious contention during the American Revolutionary War encompassed not only decisive action military strategy and theory, but one of the purest understandings of mission command at its foundation. A single affirmation to his men, revolutionizing the art of command and science of control, formulated a tactical philosophy that is studied to this day by military scholars. Colonel William Prescott assumed command of the Patriots during the Battle of Bunker Hill, absent of orders and facing unwavering odds, achieving victory through the implementation of the modernly understood mission command
In The Killer Angles, a strong leader during the American Civil War named Joshua Chamberlain was considered one of the most heroic generals for the Union Army. As I read the novel I cherish Chamberlain because he performs my leadership and thoughts of how I inspire people to recover. It is apparent that Chamberlain does not lack charisma and loyalty toward his soldiers. The leader must show he understands and fulfills the needs of his soldiers. For example, Chamberlain’s men understood he couldn’t control having to continue their march after a long day, but he showed he was willing to suffer along with them. Knowing that he volunteered to join the Union Army Knowing that he volunteered to join the Union army, it amazed me how he was a college
On 3 December, Kilpatrick had camped near Thomas station, south of Waynesboro. Union troops commenced their advance towards Waynesboro in the morning. Dismounted Confederate soldiers soon disrupted them. The main defensive position of Confederate forces was located further north. Kilpatrick planned to overpower this position by engaging the enemy frontally and turning its flanks. After an intense engagement, Confederate forces withdrew to their second line of defense along the road to Waynesboro. Kilpatrick launched a frontal assault and penetrated Confederate defenses after overcoming harsh opposition. Thereafter, Wheeler retreated towards Brier Creek and Union troops entered Waynesboro8.
General Lee and Colonel Chamberlain had many similarities as well as differences in their style of leadership. Their leadership styles played a big role in the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg.
George Washington, one of our nation's greatest leaders is now revered as a tactical genius and a literal textbook example for qualities in leadership, has historically been severely underestimated, simply because of the many battles he lost. However, he had a talent for turning small losses into net gains. Upon closer inspecting the history, it becomes clear that Washington constantly worked to refine his strategic knowledge against his opponents, always finding ways to relevantly apply new information he gathered (especially from his losses). With "extraordinary stamina", he tirelessly pushed forward and, despite countless setbacks during the American Revolution, managed to claim victory. It was Washington's fierce ethical and moral values/qualities coupled with his natural ability to lead that makes him stand out as a maverick amongst military leaders (Harvey, 2008).
William “Bull” Halsey is one of the most prominent Naval figures of the 20th century for his unconventional but extremely effective style of leadership during World War II. His greatest successes can be seen through his influences with his men and the respect he was given. His up bringing as the son of a Naval officer and his experience in his early years is what can be attributed to this style of leadership. He was able to leverage the skills he had in order to lead the biggest Naval war effort in United Sates history. His lasting legacy can be seen not only in his sheer accomplishments in turning the tide of the war but also in the lasting lessons in leadership that he left behind.
Since the inception of the United States Army in 1775, thousands of leaders have taken charge over their units, bringing forth great success and framing the future of our country. One of these great leaders was General George S. Patton, who possessed a variety of skills that allowed him to lead his men anywhere in battle. As a great leader, Patton set an example for all future military leaders who would carry his honor and legacy.
Many of the most cruel, vicious, and horrible leaders in the world we know today, have inherited their power through fear. Yet, a grand amount of them have something in common. They may rule with an iron fist, but essentially, they were successful. Many productive ideas and developments have come through collaborative efforts, but as history shows, many of the productive leaders in history ruled through authoritative leadership. Although both forms of leadership bring many significant changes, authoritative feared leadership can be above all, including collaborative leadership, when executed correctly and efficiently.
When I think about the Seven Army Values and the Warrior Ethos so many brave men come to mind. For this paper I’ll be telling you about SPC Kyle White. A United States Soldier who took to heart those seven values and the Warrior Ethos. In any line of work you should always strive for to follow these “guidelines” but I feel that it is especially important in the military and it really is the backbone of how we should do our jobs. They should always be in the back of your mind and with every decision you should be able to say “What I’m doing follows these values.”
General George S. Patton is an influential figure in American History for a multitude of reasons. His primary contributions were made through his efforts during World War I and World War II. The thing that makes Patton stand out the most is how well he could command his soldiers and his tank crew. Through the years of George Patton’s life, he spent most of his days making himself a better man as well as a better commander and soldier while fighting for the United States Army. His life spanned sixty years from birth on November 11, 1885 to death on December 21, 1945, caused a tragic motor vehicle accident in Heidelberg Germany. Patton’s contributions will be felt forever in American society because he was never scared to lead a charge, most notably leading the Third Army through France after the Normandy invasions in 1944.
Whether he envisioned his impressive future or not, his leadership skills ultimately guided his career trajectory (Lopez, 2014). Powell’s leadership styles allowed him to contribute in guiding his country to the right decisions. While in the administrative office, he shared his thoughts about the conflicts in some Middle East countries, weapons of mass destruction, and the country’s intelligence information capacity. Guided by his leadership styles, he was able to create plans that could be effective in ensuring peace and order to his country. Despite the difficulties, politicians and foreign leaders encounter, for Powell, effective leadership comes from those who have the ability to inspire a population
Success will only be given to the person who creates it on his or her own. Michael Shaara put this theme in the frontlines of his book The Killer Angels a historical novel about the battle of Gettysburg. Shaara uses the battle to prove not just how people earn success but also perceive it. What each commander does and how it affects the battle overall show just how much somebody’s action affects the outcome. The Killer Angels also shows the consequences of one’s decisions and how this can lead them down or off the path of success. The way someone perceive success and what you do to achieve it can be just as important as the end product. The actions of the commanders, whether they be victories or defeats, shows