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Dedication to Injured Soldiers

* In "Leading Our Wounded Warriors" ("Company Command," February), I was very happy to see that some of the leaders mentioned some of the lessons I've learned about our injured personnel in my civilian job as a firefighter in our nation's capital.

Some of our firefighters who were badly injured on the job last fall have had someone there for them and their families every day since. The chief himself spent the first night with them, and there was home-cooked food from one of the firehouses for every meal in the hospital-more than two months worth for the most seriously injured.

I believe so strongly in this kind of dedication to our injured comrades that when a friend of mine who is in the fire department wrote me from Iraq to say that one of his soldiers had been badly injured, I went to visit her several times to make sure that she was getting everything she needed and to let her know that he was still watching over her care. Having watched how bitter people can become when they feel abandoned by their leadership and how well they do when they feel like they're still a valued member of the team, I can say without reservation that this is a critical factor that allows people, and particularly soldiers, to go beyond the wildest expectations of their physicians in their recovery.


Bowie, Md.

The Army Uniform

* When the January issue of ARMY Magazine arrived, as usual I first turned to "Front & Center" to see if there was an article by a former boss, Gen. Frederick J. Kroesen, U.S. Army retired. Then I turned to the "Letters" section. The two colonels were right on the mark in their letters regarding adaptive leadership and the reviews of Col. Cole C. Kingseed, U.S. Army retired. After I read CSM Lowell A. May's letter, I did not know whether to shout "Hallelujah!" and "Amen!"-or come to attention and salute-so I did both. In the late 1950s and the '60s, at Fort Benning, Ga., you couldn't wear fatigues off post; after 5 P.M., you couldn't wear them on post. Battle dress uniforms, Army combat uniforms, physical training uniforms and fatigues are for combat and "sweat" work. Dump the black beanie and keep the green Class A uniform with a sensible garrison or overseas cap.


Lawrenceville, Ga.

Billy Mitchell

* The myth of the prophet scorned by his contemporaries is a powerful folk genre, but it is still surprising to see it perpetuated in ARMY Magazine. In a piece entitled "Sometimes a Court-Martial Isn't the Last Word" (February "Front & Center"), Richard Hart Sinnreich portrays William (Billy) Mitchell as the omniscient seer, the visionary who predicted with "astonishing prescience how the Japanese one day would attack Pearl Harbor and the Philippines. …