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Ryan Terry
Sep 01, 2021
In PB Abbate Main
Given recent events in Afghanistan and the failings they have highlighted in the services' Senior Leaders and institutional culture, I thought it would be worth it to share this talk by Thomas Ricks about why he thinks our military has failed to capitalize on our tactical victories since WWII. The entire talk is worth your time, but if you only have time for a soundbite, listen from 51:58 - 52:38. It perfectly sums up what an officer must always remember about leadership—the enlisted guys are always more important than you are. https://youtu.be/AxZWxxZ2JGE
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Ryan Terry
Jun 18, 2021
In Houston
Hey y'all. I posted an introduction in the main forum, but thought I'd also introduce myself here. I'm Ryan. I was an 0302 with 3/4 2009-2013. I'm originally from Dallas, but I live in Bryan/College Station these days. I'm a builder and developer specializing in historic rehabs and infill new construction. Anyway, if anyone is interested in doing a meetup event sometime this summer, I'm down. Also, I'm a member of pretty large shooting range up here. It might be cool to try and set up a range day sometime over the summer if anyone is interested.
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Ryan Terry
Jun 18, 2021
In Book Club
There's definitely a tendency towards recency bias in a lot of the books you see recommended by veterans to other veterans, so I thought I'd put a couple out there that you may have not heard about. I encourage others to do the same. I think the goal here is to expand past the old standards and to look for experiences the go back further than Vietnam or WWII. Undertones of War, Edmund Blunden. A memoir that reads like a prose poem from one of the Great War's most underrated poets. “My experiences in the First World War have haunted me all my life and for many days I have, it seemed, lived in that world rather than this.” - Edmund Blunden The Anabasis, Xenophon. Ten thousand Greek mercenaries sign on to fight for the Persian emperor Cyrus in Mesopotamia. When Cyrus is killed, they must march and fight their way from modern day Iraq, all the way to the coast of Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). One of the most astounding military campaigns in human history. Fix Bayonets!, Lt. Col. John W. Thomason, Jr. Vignette-style memoir of Thomason's service as a Marine lieutenant in the First World War. Thomason fought in five major engagements and fourteen battles during the war, including Belleau Wood, Château-Thierry, San Mihiel, Soissons, and Mont Blanc. Also notable are the hand-drawn illustrations done by the author. Thomason stayed in the Corps after the war, but developed an alcohol addiction that prevented him from seeing combat service in WWII. He died in 1944. Company K, William March. A novelization of the authors experience as an enlisted Marine during the First World War. It's comprised of 113 vignettes, each written from the perspective of a different Marine. It's an absolutely unflinching portrayal of men in combat. Reading it was like looking back deep into the past and seeing your own experience reflected back at you.
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