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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 06/22/2009 12:14:50 EDT
Subject: RE: Introduction

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The information Associates Mark Hageman and John Schultz are sharing come from lessons learned of extended active field experience. This is the sort of knowledge that ought to be included in a booklet - "Introduction to Event Field Communication". Keep it generic and maybe more than the communicators will want to know more about its contents.

Sometimes you have to read between the lines in AJM's 1864 manual to understand the true meaning of the Chief Signal Officer (CSO) standing in with the commanding officer almost as a private secretary - but it's there.

Everyone last person in a signal detachment, and/or groups of signal parties has the potential to serve vital roles within a feeder system up to the CSO of the army.

Learning what to do so as to effectively communicate information is a skill; learning when to press which one of the skills into service is an art.

Someone once said that there is opportunity in chaos (let alone mere confusion).

"The first thing to be done by an officer, selected for a reconnaissance, is to ascertain 'precisely' the duty required of him; and what further should be done in case of certain contingencies that may, from the nature of the duty, be naturally looked for"

D.H. Mahan, 1847
"The decisive events of a soldier's life are few and far between and the intervals are devoted to waiting for these turning points. If the time he spends in waiting is usefully occupied in preparing himself for the critical moments, he will thereby enhance his chances of success, and add lustre to the promotion which his achievements are sure to obtain for him."

"The military profession involves a knowledge of almost every art, and information accumulated and held in store for the fortunate moment is suddenly demanded and called for, and he who can come forward and say, "I possess it," is the victor. A soldier can, therefore, never be placed in any situation in which his leisure moments may not be devoted to something that may in time win him a grade."

From Articles 2 & 3 of August V. Kautz' "Customs of Service" Phila. 1864. (re-prints may be available)


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