A Profound Twelve Minutes
Sunday, October 29, 2006. Springfield, IL. In the Auditorium of the University of Illinois - Springfield. About 11:30AM. COL Lawson plays a twelve minute film clip for the several hundred soldiers of the Illinois Army National Guard gathered there. When the clips ends, it was stone silent for several seconds. Watch the clip and see why. (I'd put it up on YouTube, but it is 2 minutes too long). [NOTE: It is a Quicktime movie - also, you may have to refresh the page when you get there, if you don't see the movie].
COL Lawson followed up with an equally profound speech - "Why are we here". I wish I had a transcript. On Monday, I'll relate a little more of what CSM Bones and I learned.
"What was your proudest moment in the Army?"
I think mine might be when I didn't shoot someone that I had every right to [in fact, I had a JAG Captain right next to me saying "shootemshootemshootem"], but felt something was wrong with the way the situation as it appeared. It was in Kabul in June 2004. In retrospect, I was a little surprised that I had the control and discipline not to shoot someone who gave every impression that they were starting an ambush of my small group - including ramming an LMTV with their car [a new tactic at the time - you stop, you get blasted].
But I'll give it some thought.