Justin Long

Top 7 Vietnam Era Military Leaders

The Vietnam War was one of the most publicly criticized and protested wars in US history.  It is sometimes difficult to really grasp and understand the who, what and why about the Vietnam War.  However, you can get a better understanding of the Vietnam War by taking a look at the leaders of North Vietnam, …

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Supply and Maintenance Tips for Army XOs (Part II)

Even when everything else is going well, supply and maintenance problems can keep your unit from running on all cylinders.  Your unit may just be the best trained in the Battalion, but if your equipment isn’t on hand or doesn’t work right, you won’t get very far. Supply and maintenance are the key duties and …

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Supply and Maintenance Tips for Army XOs (Part I)

Even when everything else is going well, supply and maintenance problems can keep your unit from running on all cylinders.  Your unit may just be the best trained in the Battalion, but if your equipment isn’t on hand or doesn’t work right, you won’t get very far. Supply and maintenance are the key duties and responsibilities of …

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Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) HHC XO Duties and Responsibilities

As part of the task organization of the SBCT, the Stryker Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) element provides the Battalion with intelligence, fire support, protection and small scale sustainment through its specialty platoons and HQ sections.  Briefly speaking, the HQ section includes the Battalion command section and the coordinating, special and personal staff members such …

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Top 5 Tips for New Army Company, Battalion and Brigade XOs

Nothing is worse than coming into a job and not knowing what to do.  Sure, every job can be articulated in terms of duties and responsibilities but nobody ever really paints the picture on how those things are accomplished.  For the most part, we figure it out as we go.  In my opinion, it shouldn’t …

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The Company XO & Company Commander Relationship

Among all the duties and responsibilities a Company Commander has, developing his/her XO is one of those that is sometimes overlooked.  Being an XO is a thankless job, and all too often Commanders often rely on them to take care of the day to day operations of the Company, but neglect to mentor or develop …

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M2A1 .50 Cal: An Overview

The M2 .50 CAL has been the go-to weapon system in the Combat Arms arsenal since around the 1940s.  It is used in both offensive and defensive operations effectively against enemy combatants, light armored vehicles and even against low flying aircraft. .50 CAL machine guns provide maneuver elements with heavy, effective direct and suppressive fires …

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The Company XO and FMS/CRT Relationship

As an XO you will inevitably work with and coordinate maintenance efforts with your Battalion’s FMS/CRT Maintenance team.  These are the folks who are tasked with keeping your vehicles and equipment mission capable through their skilled mechanics and technicians. While your Soldiers are the first line of defense for ensuring that your vehicles are running …

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Army Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) Overview

Those who have been combat arms in the military for a good while are fully aware of the good “Old Mechanized Infantry (Mech Infantry) Brigade Combat Team”.  For the longest time, this was the standard.  If you wanted the combined capabilities of the light, dismounted Infantry with added maneuverability and armored protection, you went Mechanized …

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