Monday, May 08, 2006
An Introduction to Dadmanly's Profiles
If I have to settle on any one accomplishment, one work that I want to be remembered for as a MILBLOGGER, it would be my Profiles. More on that in a moment.
Several weeks ago, I posted an article about Why I MILBLOG. I explained that MILBLOGGERS like Greyhawk, Citizen Smash, and Blackfive had an excellent opportunity to comment on all things military from their blogs. Most importantly, their perspectives, insights and commentary stood in sharp contrast to what passes for "Journalism" on the part of mainstream (news) media (MSM). They spoke of "reality on the ground," and in preparing for deployment. Before I filed my first post, I wanted in some way to contribute to this insight and commentary. So I started to Blog.
I am proud to say I am one a foot soldier in the Army of Davids, emphasis on the “David” and being part of an “Army.” I made my share of mistakes until I learned (with some embarrassment) the etiquette of linking. I realized after a few fevered Blog-days that there will be need for only one Glenn Reynolds (and I wasn’t him). Nevertheless, a MILBLOG can perform a valuable service.
In my view, the most important function of the MILBLOG is to provide information. On-the-ground reporting, and the perspective of those closest to and part of the action. Relatively few soldiers conduct direct combat operations, although more and more are subjected to potential conflict and violence. Still, everything that happens can potentially be a part of history. In many ways, we have only scratched the surface on capturing what it means to be a soldier, sailor, airman, marine.
Somewhere along the way, early on in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), I realized that I would have few opportunities to do the “shock and awe,” real-time, heart pounding and heat of battle war correspondent kind of reporting. I could, however, pay attention to the many fine men and women around me in combat service support roles, serving their country with quiet honor, dedication, and a fair amount of good humor. Thus were Dadmanly ProfilesTM born.
Dadmanly Profiles in the Series:
My contribution is modest compared to the many fine MILBLOGGERS. But if it helps give those back home a sense of who are these many great Americans who served in
What treasure we would have if members of earlier, “greatest” generations had had this technology and communications available? The
Links: Basil's Blog, Jo's Cafe, Mudville Gazette
UPDATE: Linked recently by SGT Hook (actually CSM Hook), who suggests he'll be working on soem leadership profiles. Based on his other excellent posts, I'd recommend keeping an eye out over there!
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