Constable on a beat
I have met people who I have greatly admired. Mostly because I felt safe
when I was with them. Like somebody competent was in charge and I
was really better off shutting my face and listening up. There is no doubt in my mind that I have met commanders that will rule much should push come to shove.
Tell me what you want in your Commanding Officer.
Field exercise in Korea. it was a ten day exercise if I remember correctly.One of the units.....the Captain got relieved of Command, and it was right that he was relieved.
Female Lieutenant was acting Company Commander. She was Hawaiian, Puerto Rican, Something like that.
Gal stayed on top of things, and with a few of us was up for three and a half days straight ; in the TOC ( tactical operations center ) , in the field, in the map room, and at all the briefings. Constant - nonstop - do not sleep or nap....UP FOR THREE and a half days straight.
She checked on stuff herself. She walked, or her driver drove her where she needed to go.
She never micromanaged.
She never looked over peoples shoulder.
She had a sense of humor.
She give verbal Kudos when needed.
She made others be responsible for their job and their actions.
SHE WAS IN THE THICK of it with the troops.
In the end, after all the doubt against her by her peers - she succeeded. My boss ( an O-6 - Full Bird Colone ) congradulated her. She got two awards ( awards are also promotion points ) for that little exercise.
That Lieutenent was herself. She did not try to impess anyone. "Everyone" elected a male Captain with pits in his face to walk up and shake her hand. He smiled and laughed fakingly to rid the tension of so many people whom doubted her. She stood up to the plate, and with little experience she assumed command and took the bull by the horns ; completing the mission - thus making the entire unit look OUTSTANDING.
For the Lieutenants actions - the entire unit was given three days off the following week. The person whom was so doubted and criticized, whom in the mess tent sat with only one or two people.....made the whole unit look fabulous. My Boss ( again - a Colonel ) wanted to go on a firing spree. It all evened out in the end with "some" of her fellow officers getting bad OER's ( Officer Evaluation Report ). Bad OERs lead to not getting a promotion and eventually your demise in the Army. Some bad OERs follow you in life, especially if you want a Government job after your departure from the Military.
I like someone whom stands up for their subordinates.
I like a Commander whom installs high morale.
I like a Commander whom is attentive and can see what is in front of them.
I like a Commander whom knows their job and responsibilities, and the jobs and responsibilities of their subordinates. A break down or failure in the system....and they don't have to "Investigate" and "Interview".
I like a Boss who pays attention to the subordinates, and is in tune with what is going on in their surroundings.
I like a Commander whom puts their troops before themselves.
I like someone whom has great leadership skills.
I like a Commander whom is smart, deductive and knows "Smoke" when they see it.
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