WHAT MAKES A GOOD SAFETY STAND-DOWN & HELO DUNKER TRAINING? Boomer Milstead, LtGen USMC (ret)

Bob “Boomer” Milstead
LtGen USMC (ret)

Bob “Boomer” Milstead, LtGen USMC (ret) joins us to discuss helo dunker training, who needs it, how often should it happen and the incredible life saving power of HEED oxygen bottles.

Boomer also discusses with us the importance of Safety Stand-Downs and how safety is a function of doing things right and how leadership makes it all work.

An awesome interview with an interesting and accomplished Marine General Officer.

 

ARE THE BENEFITS OF HELO DUNKER TRAINING WORTH THE EFFORT? Mike, Mike and Will Costantini

The Gunner
Afghanistan
2011

Will Costantini
Col USMC (ret)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Costantini joined Mike & Mike to discuss:  Is “Helo Dunker” training worth the time it takes out of the training schedule given the need to be MORE PROFICIENT at higher priority tasks that will be executed on a much more frequent basis?

FACT:  it’s an extremely low probability event

FACT:  we don’t create proficiency of any kind in our current training

FACT:  Helo Dunker training takes lots of time

BOTTOM LINE:  Is the juice worth the squeeze given the current state of training REQUIREMENTS vs TIME in the Marine Corps?

CAPT LAUREN SERRANO, USMC:  talks two articles she’s written — “Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry” & ” To Get Out, or Not to get out?  Gender Crisis in the Marine Corps”

CAPT LAUREN SERRANO, USMC: talks two articles she’s written — “Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry” & ” To Get Out, or Not to get out? Gender Crisis in the Marine Corps”

THIS IS A GREAT INTERVIEW!

Captain Lauren Serrano, USMC joined us to discuss her experiences writing and speaking about gender issues in the Marine Corps and the U.S. Military.  Our frank discussion addressed :

(1)  Individual Marine and public reaction to her first article “Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry

(2) Her discussions with DOD PAO-types as she prepared of a CNN Military Forum where she was specifically asked to address the gender issue with President Obama

(3) Her motivation for writing her second Gazette article published in the July 2017 edition entitled “To Get Out, or Not to Get Out?: Gender crisis in the Marine Corps” — and her policy recommendations for retention of career oriented female Marines who desire to have children

(4) By virtue of pushing for higher physical standards for women, is the Marine Corps pushing women who desire to be mothers and career Marines out of the Marine Corps?

(5) Why the issue of gender is such a difficult for Marines to discuss frankly in open forums

Captain Serrano is a great example of a leader who speaks her mind in an articulate manner.  She also offers all Marines substantial issues to ponder.

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO LEADERSHIP — FROM VIETNAM TO 38 YEARS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR: Ken Wilson

Ken Wilson
Capt USMC
Vietnam Veteran
Turner Construction vet

Ken Wilson was a Marine 1stLt/Captain, Combat Engineer in Vietnam in the 1965-1966 time-frame.  Ken fought the Viet Cong initially and later the NVA as they infiltrated the area around the Marine Base at Da Nang.

Was leadership different in Vietnam?  Were drugs, ears, scalps, civilian casualties and rape part of the environment Ken led in?  Ken Wilson says it’s always about one thing — LEADERSHIP.

Listen to a fantastic interview about Ken’s life of leading in the Marine Corps and then leading at Turner Construction where he worked for 38 years before he retired in 2002.

 

VIETNAM MARINES ON MY LAI: Ken Rodgers, LCpl USMC

Then and Now…

Ken Rodgers, LCpl USMC, is a veteran of Khe Sanh.  He joined us to talk about the environment that surrounded him in Vietnam.  Stories of ear cutting, racism and rape are associated with the War in Vietnam more so than any other war America has participated in… what was the truth for those who served?  Ken talks about his experience in Vietnam as a member of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment.