Biography Of Admiral Arleigh A Burke

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Admiral Arleigh A. Burke was born on October 19, 1901, in Boulder, Colorado. Burke grew up in Boulder in a fairly difficult environment – “He attended a one room elementary school through the eighth grade and then high school…”(“Admiral Arleigh A Burke”). Arleigh had other ideas for his future – “…farming fitted neither his talents nor desires, he sought and received a congressional appointment to the US Naval Academy.” (“Admiral Arleigh A Burke, USN”). Upon his high school graduation, he attended the Naval Academy in June 1919, and then graduated 71st out of 413 in the class of 1923. He served five years on the USS Arizona (BB-39), USS Procyon (AG-11), USS Chester (CA-27), USS Antares and USS Argonne (AG’s), before he served on USS Craven …show more content…
He displayed dependability because he carried out the mission just as Halsey ordered even though his squadron was limited. Adjustment was another factor because he had damaged ships and was still able to take the pressure from Halsey, and move ahead at full possible speed to ‘almost’ complete the mission despite his restricted ships. I do not believe he even displayed any dark-side traits; from more than one account, he and his squadron were calm and collected, and everyone knew what to do. DESRON 23 was the only destroyer squadron in the war to be honored with the Presidential Unit Citation for its role in the Battle of Cape St. George. That wasn’t the end for Arleigh Burke; “Burke would stay in the Navy after the war, serve in Korea, reach the rank of admiral and serve three terms as Chief of Naval Operations before retiring in 1961.” (Zimmerman, …show more content…
In Naval advancement, he used his symbol of power, title, appearance, and presence of crisis to get the government to help him make advances. He was the Chief of Naval Operations, which gave him a title and symbol of power. Appearance came into play because he created positive public relations and he just happened to be the highest-ranking individual in the Navy. He used presence of crisis to persuade the government that enhancements in nuclear power were necessary for the security of the U.S. because they were a few years out of a world war, with global military threats still looming. He used all five bases of power – for example, expert power because he fought in the war and had experience involving what improvements needed to be made for a stronger Navy, which also participated in legitimate power. He had referent power because he was chosen to be the CNO – he didn’t just take the position from someone with brute force or just happen to be in the right place at the right time. To persuade others to see the positivity in his ideas for the Navy, he used reward and coercive power by explaining that the country’s security was at stake due to global military threats. He used analytic intelligence because he took results from the war and current threats by other countries to generate ideas on weapons and power systems. He used practical intelligence along with it because

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