Essay about Mission Command For The Battle Of The Bulge
Brigadier General (BG) James M. Gavin, 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was one of the distinguish Generals to contribute in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. BG Gavin commanded the 82nd and the 101st Airborne Divisions. He was responsible for many decisive operations that were key for the success of the battle. He maintained firing positions for engaging the Germans counteroffensive attacks. Simultaneously, his Mission Command practices brought him to the success of occupying two important cities in Belgium.
Brigadier General Gavin demonstrated effectiveness in winning the Battle of the Bulge by applying Mission Command Philosophies of Command, according to ADRP 6-0, Mission Command. BG Gavin always committed his time and efforts to build cohesive teams through mutual trust, create shared understanding, exercise disciplined initiative and accept prudent risk. As any other leader, his leadership style was unique. However, had great skills in creating synergy within troops and peers. A General that always carried himself as a professional Soldier and leader.
General Gavin knew the importance of understanding each strategy’s purpose without increasing risks beyond his authority. Even as a General, carried an M1 Garand rifle and cared for Soldier’s welfare earning trust. When possible he would not waste Soldier’s time. Any down time or fighting weakness was an opportunity to train and develop troops of any rank. His literate and combat experience was…