Personal Stories

The 64th Forward Support Battalion (FSB) at Fort Carson: My Experience

My first unit as a newly commissioned Army Officer was the 64th Forward Support Battalion at Fort Carson, Colorado.  At the time (2000 to 2003) the 64th FSB was part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.  The unit had a headquarters detachment, a supply company, maintenance company and medical company.  In all, …

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Army 38A/38B MOS: My Experience as a Civil Affairs NCO in the Army Reserves

Guest Post by CPT Michael Kane Before I joined the Army, I used to always see the commercials for the U.S. Army and they would flash many action packed scenes of Soldiers running with weapons, tanks rolling across the open battlefield, and many other jobs. At the end of the commercial, they would sing “Be, …

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Army OCS Platoon Trainer & T.A.C. Officer: My Experience

Guest Post by CPT Michael Kane As a Soldier for over 23 years, I always inadvertently find some way to reference one of my Army experiences in a conversation that I’m having with someone. Once I make the connection, I usually get the question, “So are you in the military? What branch are you in …

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Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader in the 116th Infantry Regiment: My Experience

Guest Post by CPT Michael Kane I remember it like it was yesterday… Fresh out of Officer Candidate School and commissioned as an Infantry Lieutenant. I was a former NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) with 15 years of service, multiple MOS’ (Military Occupational Specialty- “job”) and a combat tour in Iraq. I was extremely excited for the …

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National Training Center Observer Controller: My Experience

In 2001, while serving as a young Lieutenant at Fort Carson, Colorado, I received orders to report to the National Training Center as a “temporary” Observer Controller.  To the best of my recollection, I had to report to Fort Irwin for three weeks.  The first week was to get certified as an Observer Controller and …

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The Speed of the Leader is the Speed of the Team: My Experience

Today, I want to tell you a story about how one good leader can change things.  I want to talk about how the speed of the leader is the speed of the team. As a young Lieutenant I served in a Forward Support Battalion.  It was my first unit as an Army Officer.  When I …

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A Tribute to My Drill Sergeants in Basic Training: C-1/28 Black Lions

Today, I want to do a short tribute to my Drill Sergeants I had in Basic Training.  Their names are/were Drill Sergeant Medina, Drill Sergeant Maxwell and Drill Sergeant Maldanado. I went to Basic Training in January 1996 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  I was part of 2nd Platoon (Strike Force), Charlie Company, 1/28th Infantry …

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The First Day of Army Boot Camp: My Story

Today, I want to talk about the first day of Army Boot Camp.  What I’m going to do is share my personal experience with you.  I do know that times have changed since I shipped off to Boot Camp in January 1996.  I also understand that different military installations do things differently.  Once again, this …

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