The Trailwatcher: A Collection of Colonel Mike Malone's Writings
ARMY TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND FORT EUSTIS VA
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A few years back I called Major General Tom Lynch, then Commanding General of the Armor School and a friend, to inquire about my next job. My objective was to get a staff assignment, somewhere I could write and think in behalf of the Army. After all, I had three continuous years of armor company command, the Infantry career course, a fine graduate education, and most recently the Air Command and Staff College to put on my vita. I felt a good staff assignment would benefit the Arny and tap my talent. General Lynch, without pausing, said, Go to work for Mike Malone...he thinks, and besides you might begin to learn something about soldiering. While the assignment did not materialize, I have since come to know and admire Mike. My admiration is best summarized by this comment of one of Mikes friends when he said, His unique effectiveness as an instructor in the Ranger School, the Army War College, the Task Force Delta Forum, the Pre-Command Course, and at a variety of service schools constitutes in itself an enormous contribution. Mike motivates, entertains, and teaches. Further, he generates self-criticism and institutional assessment. His writing and speaking have been catalysts in terms of the professional development of the Officer Corps since the early 1970s. He has been, contrary to his announcements that he has not, the Armys conscience--or at least a major spokesman for the Armys conscience.
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