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Why did he have to lie?   Recently updated !

Portrait_of_U.S._Secretary_of_Veterans_Affairs,_Robert_A._McDonald

This one happened so fast that even my buddies over at This Ain’t Hell couldn’t jump on it.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has admitted that he lied about serving in the special operations forces in a conversation with a homeless veteran that was caught on camera earlier this year.

Just when you think they may have picked the right guy for the job, he pulls something like this. It is real simple, he lied. There is no confusion about it, or mis-understanding. I served 22 years and I am very clear on what type of units and what units I served in. I served in some great units, units with lots of esprit de corps, and with guys who were some of the best soldiers I ever knew. In fact, what makes a great unit is not the unit designator, or the type of unit, it is the soldiers. For me, as an Infantryman, it was the guys on my left and right. It was my leaders and my soldiers that I led. That is what made the unit great.

I never served in a Special Forces unit either, but I know them well because I was born into one. My father served 22 years in Special Forces so I was raised around a cadre of true heroes from the Vietnam era. I learned what made them tick, saw how tight they were and I am sure was influenced by all of the, my Dad especially. I have no doubt my upbringing contributed to my successes in the military and my civilian life.

Despite all of that I still didn’t “serve” in the Special Forces and that is clear.

Robert McDonald didn’t need to lie. I mean the guy is no slacker, he has accomplished a lot.

McDonald graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1975 and completed Army Ranger training before being assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division until his retirement in 1980….After leaving the Army, McDonald went on to a successful corporate career, eventually becoming Chairman, President, and CEO of Proctor & Gamble. He became VA secretary this past July, as the agency was dealing with the fallout from the scandal of long patient wait times at VA hospitals.

He has accomplished more than 99.9% of Americans so I don’t understand why he had to lie. Why did he think he had to impress a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles. As TAH points out, most homeless guys claim they are Special Forces. In fact I can tell you personally that I have lost count of the number of cab drivers, people on airplanes, etc. etc that I have run into who told me they were Special Forces. I have gotten tired of trying to question them to verify it because the lies are annoying. I just let them think they are impressing me because calling them out isn’t going to change what they say to the next person.

So I am not sure how McDonald will recover from this, as he is in the wrong position of Government service to be making those kind of claims and have it forgotten or ignored.


Death to the PowerPoint   Recently updated !


Defense Secretary Ashton Carter might be moving toward making a new demand for top generals — ditch the PowerPoints and simply talk instead.

Before meeting on Monday with top officials in Kuwait to discuss Islamic State threats, Carter banned the use of PowerPoint presentations “to challenge his commanders’ thinking,” the Washington Post reported.

It is about time that someone with global authority state this and get Commanders at all levels to leave the laptops and grab the notepad. LTG HR McMasters is the last one, and the highest ranking person I have ever heard speak disdain for PowerPoint. As @Doctrine_Man says in the story, it is a tool and that is all it is. However the military has morphed it from being a simple tool, to the use of Powerpoint being an entire methodology.

Commanders need to get back to Warning Orders, Operation Orders, and FRAGOS. That is how the Army has successfully run for years and while a nice clean presentation has its place, all that is needed is an objective and Commander’s intent on the back of a MRE carton for a mission to have clarity and focus.

Read the whole story at http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/pentagon/2015/02/23/ash-carter-powerpoint-brass/23895027/

 

 

 


Bouhammer is back up and online

I am very proud to announce that Bouhammer.com is back up online with its new look, feel, and content. Sorry it was down for a few days but there was a lot of work to do in order to find the proper new look that was needed. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your feedback. Please comment on the Facebook page or on this post and let me know what you think.

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