Platoon

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  • The Importance Of Mentorship In Leadership

    within our new Area of Operation (AO). It was during my Platoon’s execution of this mission at an unavoidably predictable location that the enemy in our AO cashed in their vote with catastrophic results. In living my “worst case scenario,” I would have to blindly depend on our collective planning and preparation, my training and instincts, and an ability to operate despite temporary but complete loss of outcome control. We had just under a month in theater and the same amount of time with a brand new Platoon Leader (PL). Many of us in the Platoon had executed hundreds of missions together in the past while many others had not. Although we deployed together to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and had established good continuity, as a collective team and in a new AO this was only our third patrol. I knew we were a good team, but not to the extent that I would come to learn. On June 3rd, 2013, we suffered a devastating Mass Casualty (MASCAL) event, and I was the Platoon…

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  • Cadet Leader Reflective Essay

    However, this was most interaction I have experience with OPFOR. During the school year, we rarely practiced communicating with them. Whether it be hostage negotiation or interacting with “villagers” during a mission, learning to relate with various personnel is important at CLC. Surely on campus, we could work more on this matter. We can have the MS4s and Cadre act as OPFOR, but not just as hostile force ready to engage the cadets during a mission. We could set up situations where MS3s would…

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  • How To Tell A True War Story

    jungles. Remember, this is a scavenging mission. Do not engage. Stay frosty. The maze of mangroves. The hot and humid air. Only the half shape banana lit the sky with a spotlight. Whilst they ranged through the grass jungle, needle-sharp creatures fly and land on the lump of muscles. The eerie sounds of the rainforest animals filled the skies. Pellets of rain drops raced down towards the earth. The platoon leader tells Lemon to clean his glasses as they crossed the muddy river north…

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  • Combat Support Function

    structured with cooks and distribution platoon arriving on the advance party and the mechanics trailing a few weeks behind. BN Leadership allowed us to integrate as needed, which proved to be invaluable by allowing my senior platoon sergeants to push the BN with equipment, feeding and logistical needs. Over the next week, it became evident that the BN Commander relied too heavily on our company. Our required training moved quickly to support Alpha thru Delta Company METLs and became over…

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  • Summary Of War By Sebastian Junger

    and even the National Geographic Adventure. Junger, a well-rounded journalist and filmmaker, has won a National Magazine Award, a Peabody Award, was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. In this particular novel, Junger followed a single infantry platoon through a 15-month deployment in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. He witnessed the effect war has on soldiers, the importance of brotherhood, and what it means to fight and serve. Junger spoke in Massachusetts at…

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  • Nonfiction Elements In Tim O Brien's The Things They Carried

    change in O’Brien’s book was called Rat Kiley. The platoon of soldiers went through numerous changes, especially Kiley. Rat Kiley was very vital part of their platoon. First of all, he carried a satchel filled with morphine and plasma and malaria tablets and surgical tape and comic books. Being the medic, he had to carry all those things, among various other things that medics carried. He also carried M&M’s for especially bad wounds, his satchel totalling out to 20 pounds. He was also known to…

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  • Personal Narrative: My First Major Mission

    My first major mission, a young 18 year old, the lead gunner behind a M240B as the first line of defense for our platoon; would soon be a situation that left an imprint in my life and has forever changed how I now lead as an NCO. This mission took place in 2007 near the city of Ad Dawr, Iraq. The mission was complex but my orders were simple, protect the convoy and provide security. The main objective was to expose and detain (if possible) a cell leader to include destroying his know cache…

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  • Reflection Of Three Formal Interviews As An Army Officer

    He is a great base of knowledge for the infantry branch and despite his initial attitude, he really wants to better the Army anyway he can; including talking to cadets about the Army. With this in mind, my next question to Sergeant Houle was, what is the best recommendation that you could give to a cadet who is about to commission as an infantry officer? His answer was to not "come in all headstrong". To elaborate, he hit again on the fact that the majority of people in the unit that I will…

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  • Personal Narrative: A Personal Experience Of Flight

    Mid Fall 2012 The plane ride here was a long one. The droning engines of the C-17 went on for hours and pierced through my earplugs. I could only feel overwhelmed and excited by what was happening. I was finally getting sent overseas after four long years of basic training. A few nervous thoughts had passed my mind about what could happen, but was soon drowned out by the engines. The passenger section of the C-17 was nothing like a civilian aircraft. A few rows of seats with our gear packed in…

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  • Point Of Views In Tim O Brien's The Things They Carried

    trying to present the fact that there is a palpable inhumanity associated with, and expected in war. O’Brien’s narrative in particular portrays the weight of war very well, not only the burden of their packs, and the heaviness of their hearts and minds, but also the knowledge that “…there was at least the single abiding certainty that they would never be at a loss for things to carry (O 'Brien).” which in itself strips these weary soldiers of hope. Fortunately, Lieutenant Cross decides his men-…

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