There’s hardcore, and then there’s “strap me on the wing of this Apache to rescue my brother in arms” hardcore. Well, in January 2007, when a group of Royal Marines discovered a comrade was down in enemy-controlled territory, they went full force with the ultimate hardcore rescue. The team of Royal Marines conducted an unorthodox rescue of their marine brother – by flying in on the wings of Apache attack helicopters.
An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice
By Adam Makos
Devotion tells the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the Marines they fought to defend. A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi, Jesse became the navy’s first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn’t even serve him in a bar.
Hailed as “A masterful storyteller” by the Associated Press, Adam Makos is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “A Higher Call,” and the critically-acclaimed, “Devotion.” Inspired by his grandfathers’ service, Adam chronicles the stories of American veterans in his trademark “You Are There” style, landing him “in the top ranks of military writers,” according to the Los Angeles Times. In pursuit of a story, Adam has flown a WWII bomber, accompanied a Special Forces raid in Iraq, and journeyed into North Korea in search of an MIA American pilot.
“Great powers don’t get angry, great powers don’t make decisions hastily in a crisis.”
Gen. John Allen, to ABC News’s Martha Raddatz in an interview from Afghanistan in March 2012.
“If you’re not ready the moment things happen, then you’re irrelevant.”
Gen. James Amos, discussing his vision for the U.S. Marine Corps with Men’s Health in June 2011.
“Clarity and simplicity are the antidotes to complexity and uncertainty.”
Gen. George Casey, in a commencement speech to an an MBA class at Cornell University in 2014.
“You are not a profession just because you say you are. You have to earn it and re-earn it and re-evaluate it from time to time.”
Gen. Martin Dempsey, addressing leadership scandal, on training future generals and admirals on April 13, 2013.
“No plan ever survived the first contact with the enemy.”
Gen. Tom Franks, on his credo, stated multiple times throughout his career.
“Whatever goals we set for ourselves, we know we can go higher.”
Adm. Michelle Howard discussing leadership in the Navy with Forbes in 2014.
“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
Gen. James Mattis in a speech to Marines when they arrived in Iraq in 2003.
“Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure.”
Gen. Stanley McChrystal in a 2014 TED Talk on disruptive leadership.
“Our leaders can’t feel compelled to tell their bosses what they want to hear.”
Gen. H.R. McMaster discussing how militaries learn to adapt with consulting company McKinsey in 2013.
“You can’t change the world alone – you will need some help – and to truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends, colleagues, the goodwill of strangers and a strong coxswain to guide them.”
Adm. William McRaven to the graduates of the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
“Too often we just look at these glistening successes. Behind them in many, many cases is failure along the way, and that doesn’t get put into the Wikipedia story or the bio. Yet those failures teach you every bit as much as the successes.”
Adm. Mike Mullen on success in a 2012 interview with the Harvard Business Review.
“All leaders will provide those in their charge sincere and concerned assistance with problems.”
Gen. Robert Neller on compassion in his message to Marines in 2015.
“We must be expert, and what I mean by that is leaders of great character, confidence, and commitment. We must be innovative.”
Gen. Ray Odierno in a press statement about strategic leadership in the Army in 2015.
“Live the life of a leader — Leaders are never off duty.”
Adm. Eric Olson in his list of 10 Commandments for a highly effective team.
“Committing to a particular goal publicly puts pressure on oneself. It becomes an enormous action-forcing mechanism and often helps you achieve more than you might have had you kept your goals to yourself.”
Gen. David Petraeus on motivation in a conversation with Vanity Fair in May 2010.
“There is a tremendous role for creativity in competition. Everyone has their own set of heroes, leaders they would say epitomize leadership. … My experience with those leaders is they are constantly looking for ways to outfox their competition, they are studying hard, they are experimenting, they are going everywhere it takes to find some way to win.”
Adm. John Richardson discussing developing leaders with Federal News Radio in 2017.
“Leadership is a gift. It’s given by those who follow. You have to be worthy of it.”
Gen. Mark Welsh speaking at the Air Force Academy in November 2011.
June 6th is National GingerBread Day!
June 6, 2017 – D-DAY – NATIONAL YO-YO DAY – NATIONAL DRIVE-IN DAY – NATIONAL EYEWEAR DAY- NATIONAL GARDENING EXERCISE DAY – NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION DAY – NATIONAL APPLESAUCE CAKE DAY
On this day:
An item in the 8 June 1844 issue of Littell’s Living Age headed “The Glaciarium” reports that “This establishment, which has been removed to Grafton street East’ Tottenham-court-road [sic],was opened on Monday afternoon. The area of artificial ice is extremely convenient for such as may be desirous of engaging in the graceful and manly pastime of skating”.
A later rink was opened by John Gamgee in a tent in a small building just off the Kings Road in Chelsea, London, on 7 January 1876. In March, it moved to a permanent venue at 379 Kings Road, where a rink measuring 40 by 24 feet was established.
The rink was based on a concrete surface, with layers of earth, cow hair and timber planks. Atop these were laid oval copper pipes carrying a solution of glycerine with ether, nitrogen peroxide and water. The pipes were covered by water and the solution was pumped through, freezing the water into ice. Gamgee had discovered the process while attempting to develop a method to freeze meat for import from Australia and New Zealand, and had patented it as early as 1870.
Gamgee operated the rink on a membership-only basis and attempted to attract a wealthy clientele, experienced in open-air ice skating during winters in the Alps. He installed an orchestra gallery, which could also be used by spectators, and decorated the walls with views of the Swiss Alps.
The rink initially proved a success, and Gamgee opened two further rinks later in the year: at Rusholme in Manchester and the “Floating Glaciarium” at Charing Cross in London, this last significantly larger at 115 by 25 feet. However, the process was expensive, and mists rising from the ice deterred customers, forcing Gamgee to close the Glaciarium by the end of the year, and all his rinks had shut by mid-1878. However, the Southport Glaciarium opened in 1879, using Gamgee’s method.
Born on this day:
1436 – Regiomontanus, German mathematician, astronomer, and bishop (d. 1476)
Johannes Müller von Königsberg (6 June 1436 – 6 July 1476), better known as Regiomontanus, was a mathematician and astronomer of the German Renaissance, active in Vienna, Buda and Nuremberg. His contributions were instrumental in the development of Copernican heliocentrism in the decades following his death.
Regiomontanus wrote under the latinized name of Ioannes de Monteregio (or Monte Regio; Regio Monte); the adjectival Regiomontanus was first used by Philipp Melanchthon in 1534. He is named for Königsberg in Lower Franconia, not after the larger Königsberg (modern Kaliningrad) in Prussia.
Regiomontanus designed his own astrological house system, which became one of the most popular systems in Europe.
In 1561, Daniel Santbech compiled a collected edition of the works of Regiomontanus, De triangulis planis et sphaericis libri quinque (first published in 1533) and Compositio tabularum sinum recto, as well as Santbech’s own Problematum astronomicorum et geometricorum sectiones septem. It was published in Basel by Henrich Petri and Petrus Perna.
There is an image of him in Hartmann Schedel’s 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle. He is holding an astrolabe.[b] Yet, although there are thirteen illustrations of comets in the ‘Chronicle (from 471 to 1472), they are stylized, rather than representing the actual objects. [c]
The crater Regiomontanus on the Moon is named after him.
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