Command Legacy: A Tactical Primer for Junior Leaders

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2008 - Business & Economics - 436 pages
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PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION: "Millen reminds me of Erwin Rommel, George Patton, and Dwight Eisenhower, who also put their concentration as junior officers on the small units." --Stephen E. Ambrose, author of Band of Brothers and Citizen Soldiers "Command Legacy is a first-class primer on company-level command. Wish I'd had a copy when I took over my first company as its skipper. . . . Must reading for pros." --Col. David Hackworth, USA (Ret.), author of About Face "One of the most important soldier's manuals developed in modern Army times." --Lt. Col. Dominic J. Caraccilo, USA, in Military Heritage The burden of fighting wars, large or small, often rests on the soldiers and junior leaders of small infantry units. Command Legacy, the definitive source on small-unit tactics, presents one combat officer's conclusions about how to approach tactical problems and missions and about the links among tactical theory, doctrine, and practice. It is meant to prime junior leaders for tactical operations, team building, and professional development and explains in detail what needs to be done, why, when, and by whom. It attempts to reconcile both what to think and how to think, providing a voice of experience to readers. Newly returned from a tour in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Raymond Millen has updated the book with fresh information to reflect lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, new equipment, and new methods of counterinsurgency and urban combat. From developing company doctrine, preparing for a mission, and conducting assaults to addressing such concerns of the individual soldier as supply, terrain, and weather, any leader--officer or enlisted--tasked to conduct tactical operations needs this valuable book.

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List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Chapter 1Training and Fighting within the Army System
Chapter 2The Development of a Company Doctrine
Chapter 3Standardized Identification
Chapter 4Occupy Assembly Area and Priority of Work in Assembly Area
Chapter 5Mission Preparation
Chapter 6Offense Operations Order
Chapter 16Actions from Objective Rally Point to Objective Positions
Chapter 17Consolidate and Reorganize
Chapter 18Defense Operations Order
Chapter 19The Defense
Chapter 20The Sector Sketch
Chapter 21Relief in Place
Chapter 22Health and Hygiene
Chapter 23Resupply Planning

Chapter 7Foot march Planning
Chapter 8Land Navigation Planning
Chapter 9Soldiers Load
Chapter 10Unit Manning Roster
Chapter 11US Weapons Capabilities
Chapter 12Passage of Lines
Chapter 13Air Assault
Chapter 14Linkup operations
Chapter 15Occupy Simple Perimeter
Chapter 24Military Operations in Urban Terrain
Chapter 25Counterinsurgency
Empowering the Junior Leader
AppendixProfessional Reading
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Lt. Col. Raymond A. Millen, USA, is a regional analyst at the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Infantry, ranger, air assault, and airborne qualified, he has served as a platoon leader in Germany; a company commander with the 7th Infantry Division (Light) in Operation Just Cause, Panama; a battalion executive officer with the 101st Air Assault Division; and a staff officer in Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Millen earned master's degrees from Georgetown University and the Catholic University of America, where he is currently pursuing his doctorate. He lives in south-central Pennsylvania.

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