CON THIEN & SSGT’S AS INFANTRY SQUAD LEADERS & THE TOP EQUIPMENT NEEDS OF USMC INFANTRY: Mike & Mac

Con Thien
1967

Con Thien is one of the subjects of the 5th Episode of the PBS documentary “The Vietnam War.”  We’ll talk about 19 year old squad leaders leading 18 year old Marines and the pounding those battalions of the Marines took in 1967-1968.

There is discussion of making SSgt’s infantry squad leaders due to the growing complexity of that job, we’ll talk about it; and the Modern Marine Expo is currently ongoing, we’ll get the Gunner’s opinion on the most pressing equipment needs of infantry Marines these days.

 

LEADING IN VIETNAM: Karl Marlantes

1stLt Karl Marlantes
USMC
Karl Marlantes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karl Marlantes is a former 1stLt in the Marine Corps, an infantry officer in Vietnam, a recipient of the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart; he joined us to discuss leadership in Vietnam.  Was leadership different in Vietnam?  Were drugs, rape and racism part of his experience in Vietnam?

We also discuss how military organizations dehumanize warfighters, how leaders must “bring them back” from that dehumanized condition on a regular basis so our warfighters do not lose their humanity and commit acts that they will have to live with for the rest of their lives — which is an awful existence… just ask the soldiers who have lived with the scars and baggage of My Lai.

LEADERSHIP, TRANSITIONING & ECHO IN RAMADI: Scott Huesing

Scott Huesing
Major, USMC (ret)

Scott Huesing, Major USMC (ret) joined us to talk about his career as an infantry Marine… both as an enlisted Marine and an officer… his transition from the active duty to civilian after twenty-four years of service as a Marine, becoming a author (Echo in Ramadi), a public speaker, a veteran’s advocate and a CEO of his own consulting company.

Scott has interesting things to say about becoming a writer and pointed things to say about leadership and why it’s important for leaders to genuinely care about those they lead.

Great stuff!

COMBAT CONCEPTS VIDEO (Part 4 of 4): Col Tony Zinni, USMC

Col Tony Zinni, USMC
MCB Quantico, VA
1989

(The Q&A portion of the PME)

THE SINGLE BEST professional military education experience I ever had happened in July of 1989 while teaching “Tactics” at The Basic School in Quantico, VA.  Col Tony Zinni, USMC (who had just finished being the CO of 9th Marine Regiment on Okinawa) gave his “Combat Concepts” pitch at an event that the Marine Corps University sponsored at The Basic School.

Major John Kelly (Head of the Infantry Officers Course at the time, destined to be a General Officer and currently the Secretary of the Dept of Homeland Security) told me I should attend… so I went.  I had never heard of Col Zinni at that point in my life.  That night Col Zinni was funny, insightful and had a ton of experiences in his career — he was for me a great example of what a professional warrior/scholar ought to be.

This PME changed my life and how I approached my profession.

COMBAT CONCEPTS VIDEO (Part 3 of 4): Col Tony Zinni, USMC

Col Tony Zinni, USMC
MCB Quantico, VA
1989

THE SINGLE BEST professional military education experience I ever had happened in July of 1989 while teaching “Tactics” at The Basic School in Quantico, VA.  Col Tony Zinni, USMC (who had just finished being the CO of 9th Marine Regiment on Okinawa) gave his “Combat Concepts” pitch at an event that the Marine Corps University sponsored at The Basic School.

Major John Kelly (Head of the Infantry Officers Course at the time, destined to be a General Officer and currently the Secretary of the Dept of Homeland Security) told me I should attend… so I went.  I had never heard of Col Zinni at that point in my life.  That night Col Zinni was funny, insightful and had a ton of experiences in his career — he was for me a great example of what a professional warrior/scholar ought to be.

This PME changed my life and how I approached my profession.

COMBAT CONCEPTS VIDEO (Part 2 of 4): Col Tony Zinni, USMC

Col Tony Zinni, USMC
MCB Quantico, VA
1989

THE SINGLE BEST professional military education experience I ever had happened in July of 1989 while teaching “Tactics” at The Basic School in Quantico, VA.  Col Tony Zinni, USMC (who had just finished being the CO of 9th Marine Regiment on Okinawa) gave his “Combat Concepts” pitch at an event that the Marine Corps University sponsored at The Basic School.

Major John Kelly (Head of the Infantry Officers Course at the time, destined to be a General Officer and currently the Secretary of the Dept of Homeland Security) told me I should attend… so I went.  I had never heard of Col Zinni at that point in my life.  That night Col Zinni was funny, insightful and had a ton of experiences in his career — he was for me a great example of what a professional warrior/scholar ought to be.

This PME changed my life and how I approached my profession.

COMBAT CONCEPTS AUDIO (Entire Presentation): Col Tony Zinni, USMC

Col Tony Zinni, USMC
MCB Quantico, VA
1989

THE SINGLE BEST professional military education experience I ever had happened in July of 1989 while teaching “Tactics” at The Basic School in Quantico, VA.  Col Tony Zinni, USMC (who had just finished being the CO of 9th Marine Regiment on Okinawa) gave his “Combat Concepts” pitch at an event that the Marine Corps University sponsored at The Basic School.

Major John Kelly (Head of IOC at the time, destined to be a General Officer and currently the Secretary of the Dept of Homeland Security) told me I should attend… so I went.  I had never heard of Col Zinni at that point in my life.  That night Col Zinni was funny, insightful and had a ton of experiences in his career — he was for me a great example of what a professional warrior/scholar ought to be.

This audio changed my life and how I approached my profession.

COMBAT CONCEPTS AUDIO (Part 4 of 4 — Q&A): Col Tony Zinni, USMC

Col Tony Zinni, USMC
MCB Quantico, VA
1989

THE SINGLE BEST professional military education experience I ever had happened in July of 1989 while teaching “Tactics” at The Basic School in Quantico, VA.  Col Tony Zinni, USMC (who had just finished being the CO of 9th Marine Regiment on Okinawa) gave his “Combat Concepts” pitch at an event that the Marine Corps University sponsored at The Basic School.

Major John Kelly (Head of IOC at the time, destined to be a General Officer and currently the Secretary of the Dept of Homeland Security) told me I should attend… so I went.  I had never heard of Col Zinni at that point in my life.  That night Col Zinni was funny, insightful and had a ton of experiences in his career — he was for me a great example of what a professional warrior/scholar ought to be.

This audio changed my life and how I approached my profession.

COMBAT CONCEPTS AUDIO (Part 3 of 4): Col Tony Zinni, USMC

Col Tony Zinni, USMC
MCB Quantico, VA
1989

THE SINGLE BEST professional military education experience I ever had happened in July of 1989 while teaching “Tactics” at The Basic School in Quantico, VA.  Col Tony Zinni, USMC (who had just finished being the CO of 9th Marine Regiment on Okinawa) gave his “Combat Concepts” pitch at an event that the Marine Corps University sponsored at The Basic School.

Major John Kelly (Head of IOC at the time, destined to be a General Officer and currently the Secretary of the Dept of Homeland Security) told me I should attend… so I went.  I had never heard of Col Zinni at that point in my life.  That night Col Zinni was funny, insightful and had a ton of experiences in his career — he was for me a great example of what a professional warrior/scholar ought to be.

This audio changed my life and how I approached my profession.