The Do Over
Insightful and deeply personal stories of times when a different decision or action could have or should have been taken, and on retrospect, would have been the right or better thing to do. You wish you could have a do-over.
Time on Target (27:08) Tommy Martinez Episode #004
When perfect isn't always best. Balancing perfection and time management in a high pressure situation. Tommy Martinez, USNA Class of 1978 was a U.S. Marine Fire Direction Officer, plotting fires for his artillery battery. He and his team had to move at night, set up, and do geometry, all within range of an Iraqi counter battery fire. He talks about what he would do differently one night during Desert Storm.
Ageism (14:14) Clementine Fujimura Episode #003
Making an assumption about another's life transition led to an uncomfortable parting. Dr. Clementine Fujimura was an academic Department Chair at the Naval Academy. The Professor discusses a situation she would have handled quite differently regarding a colleague. She also talks about how to be a more effective leader with any age group.
Grounding a Naval Aviator (27:48) RADM Lawrence Chambers, USN (ret.) Episode #002
Why is it so hard to "ground" a pilot? What is the ultimate responsibility of a leader? What does it mean to "embrace your mistakes"? RADM Lawrence Chambers is the 2nd African American USNA graduate, and the first to make Flag Rank. Among many accomplishments, he was the commanding officer of the USS Midway during Operation Frequent Wind.
Mortuary Platoon (28:57) LtGen John Wissler, USMC (ret.) Episode #001
LtGen John Wissler, USMC ret. reflects on what training and support he would have provided to the Marines and Sailors of the provisional Mortuary Affairs unit following the Second Battle of Fallujah. LtGen Wissler is a 1978 graduate of the Naval Academy. Among many roles in his more than 30 years in the USMC, he was the Commanding General, FMF Atlantic.