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.

COMBAT CONCEPTS AUDIO (Part 1 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.

COMBAT CONCEPTS AUDIO (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 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.

“WE HIRE VETERANS” — “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE” and THE NEXT PROJECT FOR THE RODGERS: Ken Rodgers

Then and Now…

Ken Rodgers, former Marine and Khe Sanh veteran joins us to talk about the battle as well as his ongoing film efforts.

We also discuss things people say to veterans — “We Hire Veterans” and “Thank you for your service” — Ken isn’t a fan.

Ken also updates us on his next project, a documentary about the wives of combat veterans.

 

TBS CLASS 6/67 SUFFERED 50% CASUALTIES IN VIETNAM — THEY GOT TOGETHER RECENTLY: Richard Sisk

Richard Sisk
Lt USMC
Vietnam

Richard Sisk was Commissioned a 2ndLt in the Marine Corps in 1967. He graduated from The Basic School (TBS) with 498 other lieutenants in the Fall of 1967.  Of his TBS class approximately 50% would become casualties — “forty-three were killed in Vietnam. One was killed in Lebanon. Another six died in training accidents. More than 200 were wounded.”  No other TBS class has ever suffered casualties like 6/67 did.  Richard talks about looking back at their time in Vietnam during the height of the fighting of that War and what that view looks like after 50 years.

His article about his Basic School class and their 50th reunion is here published on militarycom.  The article itself is certainly worth a read,  as is the link provided within the article that details the death of 2ndLt Terry Graves who was posthumously award the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions while serving as a platoon commander with 3d Force Reconnaissance Company (click here).  Graves Hall at TBS is named in his honor.

— Richard Sisk was a member of TBS 6/67. He served with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, in Vietnam where he was wounded twice. He has spent a career in journalism with the New York Daily News and now with Military.com .  He can be reached at Richard.Sisk@Military.com.

US F18 VS A RUSSIAN SU-22 (SYRIAN PILOT) — WE’LL EXPLAIN IT: Joey Porrazzo

Joey Porrazzo
Major USMC (ret)
F18 Pilot

Joey Porrazzo, Maj USMC (ret), a former FA-18C/D pilot will join us to talk air to air combat over the weekend and how it happens.

Joey talks mission planning for the specific situation over Syria, in the midst escalating tensions in the area.  He then walks us through the air-to-air engagement between the F/A-18E and the SU-22 that resulted in the downing of the Syrian SU-22.

We also discuss the Russian Defence ministry’s statement describing “American planes flying west of Euphrates will be treated as targets and that it has suspended safety agreement with US.”

 

LEADERSHIP: General John F. Kelly, USMC

Gen John Kelly, USMC

General John Kelly joined the program to discuss his career, leadership, losing a son in combat, and post-combat related mental health.

An incredible intellect with real world experiences to go it it, Gen Kelly in an incredibly interesting interview.

DON’T MISS THIS.