@LauraWalkerKC iran says its closing the strait of hormuz. Looks like were going to be fucking them up soon!
@BrandonWebb man i could listen to u guys all day long, i have to get your book, done read Chris kyles book, could not put it down, you guys come on over to GA. sometime and I will cook you the best damn ribeye you'll ever eat!!! Then we can go shoot 1000 yds.
When I read that story in Brandon's book I wondered about the after story when they got back involving the LCDR Smith. Did he make a beef or was he intelligent enough to figure out he was out of line? I'm imagining that he would have been a little butt hurt about being overridden by Chief Dye.
@SEAN SPOONTS He took it surprisingly well although a bit embarrassed.
@BrandonWebb You guys were up there for a while. Did he chill out and fit in better after that? Was he the ground forces commander the whole time, or just get his ticket punched and head out? Don't want to pry, just surprised that a SDV officer could just 'attach' himself like that to an operation without having a defined slot in the mission T.O.
With some of the more technical fields I've known E-5 and E-6's that crossed over and attended OCS. Those guys can generally be trusted, I have met a couple that were so busy trying to fit in with the other O's they couldn't be bothered to help you do your job. Which ultimately made them look bad since it was their job to be responsible for you. The principal of Servant Leadership was something that changed my life. Give your subordinates the training, supplies, and guidance to do the job. Then stand back, let them work, point out ways to do it better, but let them work it out. Priceless advice for a leader.
Seems like it's the same wherever you go. What's that thing they always say - oh yeah, that NCOs are the backbone of the Army. I'm sure the Marines feel the same. It's frightening how much insanity goes on in the Officer corps sometimes, like in The Red Circle. You hear all the time about how the O's have it drilled into their heads that a bad decision can get people killed, and then you hear the stories and you wonder - were they not paying attention or did they just forget? I want to believe the majority of Officers aren't like that. On a related note, I picked up Yellow Green Beret the other day for more tangled web, officer-related shenanigans within the ranks of our ODAs. Been an entertaining read so far.
@Ben K Conversely these same guys are so risk-averse that they hesitate on making command decisions believing that their saving lives when in fact they are assisting (unintentionally, but killing someone unintentionally is no excuse either) in the loss of their soldiers. I'm a civie, so while I may not have earned that right to my opinion on this, I will say that after reading about Operation Anaconda and the severe heroism that was displayed by the AFSOC personnel, Rangers, and SEALs it leaves the reader extremely disturbed and disconcerted to know that the Commander Who Shall Remain Unnamed probably was quietly forced out but should have faced court martial for severe lack of leadership. It concerns me that their are men and women like that Commander (no matter how few of them there might be) still in charge of our service people's lives.
I say that after the last episode, Brandon needs to run one long, continuous video so it can be watched in one 45-60 minute sitting. This is absolutely great stuff.
Great episode, Brandon. For those of us that have read the books, we know the stories, but hearing you tell it adds a good bit. Thanks man.
same thing applies for all branches of the military. you get smart ass and arrogant LTs from westpoint, annapolis etc...and they dont listen to suggestions by the sergeants
I remember watching a docu about the Teams loooong ago. It was titled "Navy SEALs: Warriors of the Night" (yeah, really...), it had Marcinko, BUD/S and a VBBS op in it.If I'm not mistaken, there are at least two SEAL Os that went to space: one of them being Will Sheppard - talk about space shuttle door gunner =]
@Ravage I had a geology professor my freshman year, that was a Seal in the late '80's and early '90's. He ended up getting his PhD in planetary geology and was in the astronaut corps. He never went up but he was one of the best teachers i've had.
@Ravage Lt. Cmdr. Christopher "Chris" Cassidy is the second one that you were thinking of.
Abso-Fuckin Lutely! USN CPO's are the AUTHORITY in the USN. Like anywhere you'll get a turd once in a while but almost universally the CPO's of the USN have their shit wired tight. Cotton Kills, I don't know who said it first but the man is a fuckin genius. That part of being in the Navy and having enough sense not to do the Fucked up Shit some young O tells you to do, most folks don't have a clue how often that happens. As an E-5 that filled an E-7 billet I understand what those old dogs do for us.
If I can figure out how to get the I-tune thingy to work I'll help give you another five stars. Fuckin Technology ☺
The title says it all. In fact, you don't need SEALs to tell you that. If you asked the CNO who was primarily to thank for the efficiency of the Navy, I'm 90% sure he would say: "The Chiefs". In AFROTC, our AS100 Mentor, Maj. Koon asked pointedly who ran the Air Force. We all gave the typical AF Chief of Staff, your direct CO, etc. but he just shook his head and said, "The Chiefs run the Air Force, them and anyone at or above E-7." He was telling us snot-nosed-wannabe-Iron Eagle aces that our rank wouldn't count for shit after completion of the program. How prophetic! Now that I work with the Navy, I skip Mr. Butter Bars and move right to the guy smoking and drinking a Super Big Gulp of coffee. That man right there is your Chief and that's your man with answers. Officers have their place but senior NCO's make it happen.