Academic journal article Military Review

Response to "Reinvigorating the Army's Approach to Command and Control Training for Mission Command (Part 3)" and "Do Large- Scale Combat Operations Require a New Type of Leader?"

Academic journal article Military Review

Response to "Reinvigorating the Army's Approach to Command and Control Training for Mission Command (Part 3)" and "Do Large- Scale Combat Operations Require a New Type of Leader?"

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(Military Review, September-October 2019)

After reading the latest issue of the Military Review, I want to comment on something. The articles "Reinvigorating the Army's Approach to Command and Control Training for Mission Command (Part 3)" and "Do Large-Scale Combat Operations Require a New Type of Leader?" seem to be missing something, the discussion about Maj. Gen. John S. Wood, commander of the 4th Armored Division.

Gen. Wood was referred to as the "American Rommel" His troops loved him and from my twenty years of correspondence with Brig. Gen. Albin F. Irzyk, he was dumbfounded that leaders today do not know of Gen. Wood or study him. In a conversation with Gen. Irzyk, he told me this,

"Of all the leaders that I ever meet he is the greatest. He is the greatest not because of one reason or two reasons but for many reasons. First of all, he loved his troops and his troops loved him. Secondly, he was a fabulous trainer, he trained. On top of that, he was a superb tactician. What more or greater package could you have than that? How many great leaders can have only one or two elements but not all three? …

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