Tag: Military

Quotes November 20, 2020

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.
So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt
 
 
 
 
“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
Thucydides”
Dave Grossman, On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace
 
 
 
 
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy
 
 
 
 
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams
 
 
 
 
It is the pride of my heart to have been one of the earliest adopted sons of America.
Marquis de Lafayette
 
 
 
 
Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
Woodrow Wilson
 
 
 
 
These Marines left their home–all these great Americans left their home–signed up during a time of war and said, ‘I wanna do that.’ And we owe them so much gratitude. I am so, so proud. And they understand that in our profession there can be no second place. There can be no losing. Because the weight of our nation rests on their shoulders.”
Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal

Quotes November 06, 2020

General Colin Powell’s Rules:
1. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2. Get mad, then get over it.
3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
4. It can be done!
5. Be careful what you choose. You may get it.
6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7. You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
8. Check small things.
9. Share credit.
10. Remain calm. Be kind.
11. Have a vision. Be demanding.
12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
 
 
 
 
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams
 
 
 
 
“When you become a leader you give up the right to think about yourself.”
Gerald Brooks
 
 
 
 
“The discipline which makes the soldiers of a free country reliable in battle is not to be gained by harsh or tyrannical treatment. On the contrary, such treatment is far more likely to destroy than to make an army. It is possible to impart instruction and give commands in such a manner and such a tone of voice as to inspire in the soldier no feeling but an intense desire to obey, while the opposite manner and tone of voice cannot fail to excite strong resentment and a desire to disobey. The one mode or the other in dealing with subordinates springs from a corresponding spirit in the breast of the commander. He who feels the respect which is due to others cannot fail to inspire in them respect for himself; while he who feels, and hence manifests, disrespect toward others, especially his subordinates, cannot fail to inspire hatred against himself.”
LTG John M. Schofield, 1879
 
 
 
 
“A lack of planning on your part does not constitute a crisis on mine…unless of course I failed to lead you.”
Anonymous

Quotes October 16, 2020

”Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, and former General of the Army
 
 
 
 
“A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.”
General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur
 
 
 
 
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”
Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, and former Captain in the Army Reserves
 
 
 
 
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
Harry S Truman, 33rd President of the United States, and former Colonel in the U.S. Army
 
 
 
 
“All of the real heroes are not storybook combat fighters either. Every single man in this Army play a vital role. Don’t ever let up. Don’t ever think that your job is unimportant. Every man has a job to do and he must do it. Every man is a vital link in the great chain.”
General George S. Patton, U.S. Army
 
 
 
 
“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, and former U.S. Army Colonel
 
 
 
 
”Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
General Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army
 
 
 
 
“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”
John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, and former Navy Lieutenant
 
 
 
 
“Mountaintops inspire leaders, but valleys mature them.”
Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England during World War II, and former commander in the British Army
 
 
 
 
“To err is nature, to rectify error is glory.”
George Washington, 1st President of the United States, and Commanding General of the Continental Army

Quotes October 09, 2020

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”
General Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army
 
 
 
 
“When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.”
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States and former Captain in the Illinois state militia during the Black Hawk War.
 
 
 
 
“If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don’t get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.”
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States & former Army Colonel
 
 
 
 
“No man has ever listened himself out of a job.”
Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States
 
 
 
 
“To get the best out of your men, they must feel that you are their real leader and must know that they can depend upon you.”
General of the Armies John J. Pershing, U.S. Army
 
 
 
 
“Because the crew was convinced that I was “on their team” there were never any issues with negative criticism… You as a mentor have to establish that you are sincerely interested in the problems of the person you are mentoring.”
Ret. Capt L. David Marquet, US Navy and author, Turn the Ship Around!
 
 
 
 
“Always do everything you ask of those you command.”
General George S. Patton, U.S. Army
 
 
 
 
“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”
General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur
 
 
 
 
“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.“
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, and former General of the Army
 
 
 
 
“The truly great leader overcomes all difficulties, and campaigns and battles are nothing but a long series of difficulties to be overcome. The lack of equipment, the lack of food, the lack of this or that are only excuses; the real leader displays his quality in his triumphs over adversity, however great it may be.”
General of the Army George C Marshall, and former Secretary of State & Secretary of Defense
 
 
 
 
”Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England during World War II, and former commander in the British Army
 
 
 
 
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
Colin Powell, former U.S. General, Secretary of State, and National Security Advisor
 
 
 
 
“It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.”
Major General William T. Sherman, U.S. Army

Quotes September 25, 2020

“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
 
 
 
“The truth is that you always know the right thing to do. The tough part is doing it.”
General Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army
 
 
 
 
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
G.K. Chesterton
 
 
 
 
“The most important thing I learned is that soldiers watch what their leaders do. You can give them classes and lecture them forever, but it is your personal example they will follow.”
General Colin Powell
 
 
 
 
“I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor food; I offer only hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles, and death. Let him who loves his country with his heart, and not merely his lips, follow me. Soldier, patriot, and the uniter of modern Italy.”
Giuseppe Garibaldi
 
 
 
 
“Battles are won by slaughter and manoeuvre. The greater the general, the more he contributes in manoeuvre, the less he demands in slaughter.”
Winston S. Churchill
 
 
 
 
“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”
Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, and former General of the Army
 
 
 
 
“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”
Douglas MacArthur, an American soldier
 
 
 
 
“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men.”
Minot Judson Savage, American clergyman and author
 
 
 
 
“The best armour is staying out of gun-shot.”
Italian proverb

Quotes September 18, 2020

During the Constitutional Convention, Elbridge Gerry wanted to introduce a clause limiting the standing Army to only a few thousand soldiers. Washington, from the dais, muttered that they should then write a clause limiting invading armies to that number as well.
The Angry Staff Officer
 
 
 
 
No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
 
 
 
 
“True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.”
Robert Reich
 
 
 
 
“If you wage war, do it energetically and with severity. This is the only way to make it shorter and consequently less inhuman.”
Napoléon Bonaparte
 
 
 
 
“I can’t see how a single man could spend his time to better advantage than in the Marines.”
Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph “Dan” Daly
 
 
 
 
“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”
General George Smith Patton, Jr.
 
 
 
 
“A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.”
President Theodore Roosevelt
 
 
 
 
“They’ve got us surrounded — the poor bastards.”
An unnamed medic

Quotes June 26, 2020

“Strength lies not in defence but in attack.”
Marquis de Acerba
 
 
 
 
“The answer is always “No” until you ask. – Ref James 4:2”
Charles S. Stamper, DAILY VICTORY: 40 Day Devotional Inspired by the United States Armed Forces
 
 
 
 
“When I crawled down the rabbit hole into the pivotal event of my life–indeed the pivotal event of my generation–to write “Escape from Saigon – a Novel” I never expected it to be such an emotional journey into a life I left four decades ago.”
Dick Pirozzolo, Escape from Saigon
 
 
 
 
“Phi cang Saigon Tansonnhut”

“He puzzled at the meaning and smiled inwardly. The sign probably said, “Welcome and Affectionate Salutations to All Who Enter the Glorious Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Home of Seventh Air Force, Only Minutes from Beautiful Saigon.” Or maybe not; he couldn’t know. Maybe it read, “Welcome to the Dung Heap of Despair—Abandon Cheer, All Ye Who Enter.”
Tony Taylor
 
 
 
 
“They Served

…reliving memories
that will not die
giving their all
for you and I –
friends taken
lives shaken…”
Muse, Enigmatic Evolution
 
 
 
 
“In 1996 Dorothy Mackey wrote an Op-ed piece, “Violence from comrades a fact of life for military women.” ABC News 20/ 20 did a segment on rape in the military. By November four women came forward at Aberdeen Proving Ground, in Maryland, about a pattern of rape by drill sergeants. In 1997 the military finds three black drill sergeants to scapegoat. They were sent to prison and this left the commanding generals and colonels untouched to retire quietly. The Army appointed a panel to investigate sexual harassment. One of the panelists was the sergeant Major of the Army, Eugene McKinney.

On hearing his nomination, former associates and one officer came forward with charges of sexual coercion and misconduct. In 1998 he was acquitted of all charges after women spoke (of how they were being stigmatized, their careers stopped, and their characters questioned. A Congressional panel studied military investigative practices. In 1998, the Court of Appeals ruled against Dorothy Mackay. She had been outspoken on media and highly visible. There is an old Arabic saying “When the hen crows cut off her head.”“This court finds that Col. Milam and Lt. Col. Elmore were acting in the scope of their duties” in 1991-1992 when Capt. Mackey alleged they harassed, intimidated and assaulted her. A legislative remedy was asked for and she appealed to the Supreme Court. Of course the Supreme Court refused to hear the case in 1999, as it always has under the feres doctrine. Her case was cited to block the suit of one of the Aberdeen survivors as well!”
Diane Chamberlain, Conduct Unbecoming: Rape, Torture, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from Military Commanders

Quotes May 29, 2020

“There are two things a combat deployment offers which all of us strongly desire. The first, being purpose. Every morning we woke up and knew why we were there. It is immediate and unavoidable. Although, it is extreme and unpleasant, there is a comfort in that purpose. The second, is simplicity. We have one goal. There are relatively simple rules on how to accomplish it, and we understand that just about everything will go wrong. Pretty simple.”
Adam Fenner, Post-Deployment Wisdom For Those Expecting A Returning Service Member
 
 
 
 
“Take your time.
Stay away from the easy going.
Never take the same way twice.
Gunny Arndt’s rules for successful reconnaissance; Guadalcanal 1942”
GYSGT Charles C. Arndt
 
 
 
 
“The one ring road around the airfield is paved, but heavily rutted and potholed. Every few days a street-sweeper makes its way around, polishing the rutted surface with brushes and water.”
Glenn Dean, Soldier / Geek: An Army Science Advisor’s Journal of the War in Afghanistan
 
 
 
 
“In each succeeding war there is a tendency to proclaim as something new the principles under which it is conducted. Not only those who have never studied or experienced the realities of war, but also professional soldiers frequently fall into the error. But the principles of warfare as I learned them at West Point remain unchanged.”
John J. Pershing, My Experiences in the World War
 
 
 
 
“[The plane’s captain] reads off some message about how general orders stay in effect until you reach the States, and you’re still considered on duty. So no alcohol.

Well, our CO jumped up and said, “That makes about as much sense as a goddamn football bat. All right, Marines, you’ve got three hours. I hear they serve Guinness.” Oo-fucking-rah.”
Phil Klay, Redeployment
 
 
 
 
“When I was hired to work at the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), it was not disclosed to me that the site was being hit by powerful sonic booms from military supersonic aircraft that would shake the buildings. I had noticed that there seemed to be a significant number of staff that were having heart issues and some appeared to have had heart attacks and died prematurely. I later discovered during researching my own heart issues that it was a suspected effect of exposure to sonic booms. Regular exposure to sonic booms from military supersonic jet aircraft is suspected of increasing the incidence of vibroacoustic disease, a thickening of heart tissue which may lead to heart arrhythmia or premature death.”

“While many people call it ‘The Military’, I call it “Corporate Government Cannon Fodder’.”
Steven Magee
 
 
 
 
“Wars may be started by the failings of humanity
But they are won
By the craft
Of the keen and intelligent minds that fight them”
Brendan Bigney, War What Comes After

Quotes May 22, 2020

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”
Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, and former General of the Army
 
 
 
 
“I hear a lot of crap about what a glorious thing it is to die for your country. It is not glorious – it is stupid! You do not go into battle to die for your country. You go into battle to make the other bastard die for his country.”
General George S. Patton, Jr.
 
 
 
 
“Who dares, wins. Who sweats, wins. Who plans, wins.”
British Special Air Service (SAS)
 
 
 
 
“No guts, no glory.”
Major Gen. Frederick C. Blesse
 
 
 
 
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.”
Calvin Coolidge
 
 
 
 
“Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself and let your troops see that you do not in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Be always tactful and well-mannered. Avoid excessive sharpness of voice, which usually indicates the man who has shortcomings of his own to hide.”
German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
 
 
 
 
“The most important thing I learned is that soldiers watch what their leaders do. You can give them classes and lecture them forever, but it is your personal example they will follow.”
General Colin Powell
 
 
 
 
“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men.”
Minot Judson Savage, American clergyman and author
 
 
 
 
“We live in a world that has walls, and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns.”
Aaron Sork
 
 
 
 
“The reason the American Army does so well in wartime, is that war is chaos, and the American Army practices it on a daily basis.”
Karl Dönitz, German Grand Admiral
 
 
 
 
“The best armour is staying out of gun-shot.”
Italian proverb
 
 
 
 
“Whoever said the pen is stronger than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.”
“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”
Douglas MacArthur, an American soldier

Quotes April 17, 2020

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
Thucydides”
Dave Grossman, On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace
 
 
 
 
Military spouses find their strength along the way. Everyone began frightened of distance, deployment, and the unknown.
The Seasoned Spouse
 
 
 
 
“These Marines left their home–all these great Americans left their home–signed up during a time of war and said, ‘I wanna do that.’ And we owe them so much gratitude. I am so, so proud. And they understand that in our profession there can be no second place. There can be no losing. Because the weight of our nation rests on their shoulders.”
Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal
 
 
 
 
We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.
H.A. Ironside
 
 
 
 
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy
 
 
 
 
Take patriotism away, and the nation’s soul has fled.
Edward Mark Deems
 
 
 
 
“I’m the 82nd Airborne and this is as far as the bastards are going.”
Pvt. 1st Class Martin, U.S. Army