Warriors in Peace Operations

Warriors in Peace Operations

Warriors in Peace Operations

Warriors in Peace Operations

Excerpt

The Personal Experience Monograph Program provides U.S. Army War College students the opportunity to write about their personal involvement in their profession. The monographs written through this program cover a wide range of subjects and stem from a variety of motivations. Students in the USAWC Class of 1998 wrote a unique group of monographs focused on operations in Bosnia. This compendium is comprised of a set of those monographs covering experiences by branch, thus presenting a fairly comprehensive overview of the deployment of U.S. forces in support of the Dayton Accords.

The contributors were all commanders of battalion or equivalent-sized units. They were encouraged to write in their own personal style and relate events as they experienced and interpreted them. Some conclude their monographs with explicit “lessons”; in other monographs the lessons must be teased out.

The reader is encouraged to use this publication as a goad to reflect upon his or her own personal experiences in military service, and perhaps to take the time to write thoughtfully about them. While official after-action reports are valuable, the business of command and leadership as treated in such reports is generally presented in relatively sterile terms. In these monographs, the reader will see a more thoughtful and expressive examination of the art of command and leadership.

LARRY W. WORTZEL
Colonel, U.S. Army
Director, Strategic Studies Institute . . .

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