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Martin Dempsey, the Army general who’s now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was a division commander when he got to Baghdad in 2003 and climbed into a humvee for his first trip off base. “I asked the driver. . . who he was [and] where he was from,” the general remembers, “and I slapped the turret gunner around the leg and I said, ‘Who are you?’ And she leaned down and said, ‘I’m Amanda.’ “And I said, Ah, OK.’ So female turret gunner protecting division commander.’’ One of the things that makes a good commander is the speed with which he can adjust to changed conditions, and the general had just been introduced to another reality of the ever-new U.S. Army.

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Editorial, Pages 16 on 02/06/2013

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  • xisbumaolcom
    February 6, 2013 at 10:13 p.m.

    Don't often agree with you, Mr. Greenberg, but I find your agrument compelling on this issue. I find that as I grow older, I realize more and more how valuable my hitch in the U.S. Navy was in forming my concept of this nation and an individual citizen's part in keeping it the beacon it should always be. I would add to your argument that national service be truly universal, with no exceptions, so we won't have to worry about old men with more power than sense sending our sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters to fight unnecessary wars.

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