Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mad Dog

USMC General James Mattis is apparently retiring. Where will the Corps find somebody to replace him?

Stories about Mattis’ caring and deference to the lower ranks abound. As a one-star general he dressed for guard duty, sword and all, one Christmas at Quantico, Va., relieving a young lieutenant to spend the holiday with his family.

Brig. Gen. John Broadmeadow accompanied Mattis on a tour of remote checkpoints in northern Kuwait in the run-up to the Iraq invasion. Mattis wanted to sound out the Marines on duty, so he had Broadmeadow, then a lieutenant colonel, stand post for a half hour.

“He walked away from that talk with very junior Marines with some direct tasks to his regimental commanders,” and the young Marines got a great story to tell about the general, Broadmeadow said.

No book? No autobiography? No summing up of a lifetime of lessons learned? Hopefully he changes his mind, or finds somebody competent to do it for him.

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