Pic O’ the Day

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U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Gary Volesky, left, talks to troops as they take a short break while on patrol near Wanat Village in the Waygul Valley, Afghanistan, Sept. 22, 2011. Volesky is the Combined Joint Task Force-1 and Regional Command-East Deputy Commanding General Maneuver, and the soldiers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 3rd Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Zackary Root


I just can’t imagine going on patrol with a Brigadier General. Heck, I can’t remember seeing anyone above Captain in the field.

8 thoughts on “Pic O’ the Day”

  1. I think you just might find the BG was just as respectful to those troops, as the troops were to him. If you will, respect is like a coin and its two faces. Respect is a two-way street. He is also teaching them about respect by example. BG Gary Volesky, US Army, and to those Troops, Thank you, for your Service and Example.

  2. If you missed anyone senior to Captain, you damn sure missed the Marines in Al Anbar. Mattis, Conway, and a lot of others were out constantly.

    1. Well, I was long gone from the service by the time the GWOT started. I’ll admit, I’ve been surprised by how many field grade officers have been killed. Obviously, they’re operating forward, and I think to a greater extent than they did in my day.

      I know my brigade commander wasn’t more than a click or two behind the very tip of the brigade wedge in Desert Storm, but I don’t ever recall seeing him.

  3. From what I know of BG Volesky, he’s cut from the same cloth as guys like Darby and Winters. No surprise that he’d accompany a patrol or two.

  4. Not taking anything away from these guys, but the nature of the fight has changed substantially. XBrad, your brigade commander was busy actually maneuvering the brigade, hence he could not do “battlefield-circulation.” Even in training for maneuver warfare, it is difficult for leaders to get out and observe lower echelons, because when all training is “multi-echelon training” the leaders are busy leading their organizations in training events, so cannot leave to go observe others. In the modern fight, it is all at such a low echelon and at such a slow tempo that it is relatively easy to get out and get with the units. Also, in some cases, the ratio of senior officers to units supports it. For example, in my last OIF rotation, my brigade was one of only two brigade combat teams (not including other functional brigades) in our US Division, and with 3 deputy commanders and a commanding general, that was four general officers to go around. Believe me, we saw them plenty. I don’t know anything about the depicted officer, but I am saying that the operational environment facilitates it. As a lowly S3 in 07-08, I went out with one of our line troops every 2-3 days and walked patrols all the time.

  5. Heh, wow. How to comment without getting in trouble. But it is nice to see that BG Volesky is still injecting the venom to a new group of Soldiers. I hope that he is still giving Soldiers the “snake bite” during handshakes. I have a lot of odd memories of that man. Good to see that he is still making his rounds.

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