Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: FW: Guess Who Said This.....
FW: Guess Who Said This.....
Tue, 3 Nov 1998 23:55:53 -0500
An Air Force friend stationed in Ohio sent this one along to me. As I read
it I thought it worth sharing. Might be good for leader training as a
leader's minute. (The surprising answer is at the bottom)
Mike Bowman a/k/a Professor Beaver (email@example.com)
Webmastering in the Scouting Spirit from Alexandria, VA
> Subject: Guess Who Said This.....
> In one of my assignments as a young infantry officer, I was
> sent to the 48th Infantry near Frankfurt, Germany. In
> those days our prize weapon was a huge 280-mm atomic
> cannon. Guarded by infantry platoons, these guns were
> hauled around the forests on trucks to keep the Soviets from
> guessing their location.
> One day Captain Tom Miller assigned my platoon to guard a
> 280. I alerted my men, loaded my .45 caliber
> pistol and jumped into my jeep. I had not gone
> far when I realized that my .45 was gone. I was
> petrified. In the army, losing a weapon
> is serious business. I had no choice but to
> radio Captain Miller and tell him.
> "You what?" he said in disbelief. He paused a few seconds,
> then added, "All right, continue the mission."
> When I returned, uneasily contemplating my fate, Miller
> called me over.
> "I've got something for you," he said, handing me the pistol.
> "Some kids in the village found it where it fell out
> of your holster."
> "Kids found it?" I felt a cold chill.
> "Yeah," he said. "Luckily they only got off one round before
> we heard the shot and took the gun away."
> The disastrous possibilities left me limp.
> "For God's sake, son, don't let that happen again."
> He drove off. I checked the magazine and found it was full.
> The gun had not been fired. Later I learned
> that I had dropped it in my tent before I
> ever got started. Miller had fabricated the scene about the
> kids to give me a good scare. Today the army
> might hold an investigation, call in lawyers
> and likely enter a bad mark on my record. Miller gave me the
> chance to learn from my mistake. His example
> of intelligent leadership was not lost on me.
> Nobody ever got to the top without slipping up. When someone
> stumbles, I don't believe in stomping on him.
> My philosophy is "Pick 'em up, dust 'em
> off and get 'em moving again."
> By Colin Powell