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Merry Christmas

Posted in Miscellaneous, Video of the Week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2012 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

As I write this post, Santa has already begun his annual mission to bring joy to children (young and old) around the World.

For many reasons, this is a difficult job for Santa.  Not only is it an overwhelming challenge to deliver presents to all of those on his ‘Nice‘ list in a 24-hour period, but it is also difficult to ensure that all of those who receive the gifts of the season truly feel the Christmas Spirit.  Bringing a Merry Christmas to the entire World may seem insurmountable, but I have faith that Santa will be victorious to ensure that everyone is living in harmony with the Christmas Spirit.


“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”

Roy L. Smith[i]


I want to wish all of my blog and Twitter friends a very Merry Christmas.  May the joy of this season and the Christmas Spirit reach your heart and your home this day, and everyday.  Having friends like you during this special time of year has certainly delivered joy to me.  Merry Christmas to you and your family.  And, as you enjoy the Christmas season, please take a moment to remember our men and women serving our Country around the World, and pray that they may feel the Christmas Spirit also.


Twas the night before Christmas in Afghanistan[iii-a]


Military Christmas Poem           (as heard in the video above)

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas,
He Lived All Alone,
In A One Bedroom House
Made Of Plaster And Stone.

I Had Come Down The Chimney
With Presents To Give,
And To See Just Who
In This Home Did Live.

I Looked All About,
A Strange Sight I Did See,
No Tinsel, No Presents,
Not Even A Tree.

No Stocking By Mantle,
Just Boots Filled With Sand,
On The Wall Hung Pictures
Of Far Distant Lands.

With Medals And Badges,
Awards Of All Kinds,
A Sober Thought
Came Through My Mind.

For This House Was Different,
It Was Dark And Dreary,
I Found The Home Of A Soldier,
Once I Could See Clearly.

The Soldier Lay Sleeping,
Silent, Alone,
Curled Up On The Floor
In This One Bedroom Home.

The Face Was So Gentle,
The Room In Such Disorder,
Not How I Pictured
A United States Soldier.

Was This The Hero
Of Whom I’d Just Read?
Curled Up On A Poncho,
The Floor For A Bed?

I Realized The Families
That I Saw This Night,
Owed Their Lives To These Soldiers
Who Were Willing To Fight.

Soon Round The World,
The Children Would Play,
And Grownups Would Celebrate
A Bright Christmas Day.

They All Enjoyed Freedom
Each Month Of The Year,
Because Of The Soldiers,
Like The One Lying Here.

I Couldn’t Help Wonder
How Many Lay Alone,
On A Cold Christmas Eve
In A Land Far From Home.

The Very Thought
Brought A Tear To My Eye,
I Dropped To My Knees
And Started To Cry.

The Soldier Awakened
And I Heard A Rough Voice,
“Santa Don’t Cry,
This Life Is My Choice;

I Fight For Freedom,
I Don’t Ask For More,
My Life Is My God,
My Country, My Corps.”

The Soldier Rolled Over
And Drifted To Sleep,
I Couldn’t Control It,
I Continued To Weep.

I Kept Watch For Hours,
So Silent And Still
And We Both Shivered
From The Cold Night’s Chill.

I Didn’t Want To Leave
On That Cold, Dark, Night,
This Guardian Of Honor
So Willing To Fight.

Then The Soldier Rolled Over,
With A Voice Soft And Pure,
Whispered, “Carry On Santa,
It’s Christmas Day, All Is Secure.”

One Look At My Watch,
And I Knew He Was Right.
“Merry Christmas My Friend,
And To All A Good Night.”

Written by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt in 1986. Printed in Leatherneck (The Magazines for the Marines) in December 1991, under the title “Merry Christmas, My Friend.”[ii]

Also known as “A Soldier’s Silent Night”[iii-b]

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Footnote –

[i] Roy L. Smith. (n.d.). Retrieved December 24, 2012, from Web site:

[ii] Military Christmas Poem – Posted by  – / US Military – – Accessed December 24, 2012 – Guide (US Military) – – Guide –

[iii-a,b] The poem spoken in the video is known as “A Soldier’s Silent Night,” written originally by Marine Corps Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt in 1986 (see note to poem within this post, and footnote [ii]).  It is narrated by Father Ted Berndt.  A Soldier’s Silent Night – Accessed December 24, 2012

*Another video version of A Soldier’s Silent Night can be found at the post Soldier’s Silent Night on the blog Fellowship of the Minds.

Photo Credit –

Santa – Dave Kenyon and his blog Insights Incites Change, on the post Living in Harmony with The Christmas Spirit; accessed on Monday, December 24, 2012

Soldier –  Fetrow Creations website – – Accessed December 24, 2012


The Time Has Come to Vote

Posted in Miscellaneous, Video of the Week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2012 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

It has been very interesting to watch each of the candidates show us why they are the best choice, and why we should favor them over their rival.  They have campaigned to convince us that their style is better than the other’s.  As we watch each candidate’s attempts to influence our decision, we begin to form our opinions about each one.  We try to do this in an unbiased fashion, but each of us has our own personal preference of one over another.  In the final analysis, we have to look at each of the candidates and make our decision on who is the very best selection.  We want to pick a candidate that will inspire and motivate us, while demonstrating to us their true ability to lead.  It comes down to the candidate who possesses strong character, integrity and leadership.  The time has come to make our final vote.

No, I’m not talking about the Presidential election between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.  I am talking about the rival spirit spots between the service PSYacademies parodying PSY‘s song and video, Gangnam Style.  With over 500 million views on YouTube, Gangnam Style has taken over the World.  Leave it to the Air Force Academy, Naval AcademyUnited States Military Academy at West Point, Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine Academy to perform PSY-Ops to battle the mania.  In the last month, each of the academies have offered their version of Gangnam Style in spirit spots to coincide with football games, school activities and time between classes to just release some energy.

This blog post is meant to take a break from the hype and noise of the presidential election to entertain you with each of the five Gangnam Style spirit spots.  But, in the spirit of our democratic process this election season, I wanted to present the videos to you for your vote.  Psephology is the study of results and other statistics relating to elections (especially with a view to predicting future results).  But, PSY-phology is the study of which Gangnam Style spirit spot is the best among all of the military academies.

Watch each of the videos.  After you’ve viewed them, I want you to vote for your favorite one.  I want your unbiased opinion.  For example, although I am a Navy guy, I have voted for a rival video, as I think it is the best attempt at mimicking the original, while being humorous, unique and showing strong school spirit and pride.  Using that criteria, I want you to vote for your favorite.  Below the five videos is an election ballot.  The time has come to vote; to vote for your favorite military academy Gangnam Style spirit spot.

The United States Naval Academy –

The United States Air Force Academy –

The United States Military Academy at West Point –

The United States Merchant Marine Academy –

The United States Coast Guard Academy –

Now that you have viewed all five candidates, the time has come to vote.  Please use the voting ballot below to exercise your civic and democratic duty.  Which Military Academy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Video has Earned Your Vote?

I’ve got to be honest with you, the song, to me, does not get old.  In fact, these spirit spots have reinforced my liking of the song.  By now, I would be absolutely exhausted from it.  The analogy of being exhausted from it all fits well with this year’s presidential election.  I have had enough of the speeches, debates and cable news ‘talking-heads’ fighting it out in our 24/7 news cycle.  This election process has gone on long enough; ENOUGH ALREADY!!!  I can’t wait until the election is over.  November 6 cannot come soon enough.

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What is a Teammate?

Posted in Leadership, Video of the Week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2012 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

File:USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) photo illustration.jpgThis past Saturday, October 6, the United States Navy commissioned its newest guided-missile destroyer, the USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), at pier 88 in Manhattan, New York City.  This ship honors Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy, a New York native who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan, June 28, 2005.

Among other distinguished guests, in attendance for the commissioning ceremony were the Mayor of New York City, the Honorable Michael Bloomberg, the Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Jonathan Greenert.  Also present was Adm. William McRaven, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command.  It was Adm. McRaven’s four-minute remarks during the ceremony that stood out to me, and is the subject of this post.

“Michael Murphy represents all that is good about our special operations warrior.  And, to have a fine fighting ship named after him is the highest compliment one could’ve paid to Murph, and all the SOF soldiers and SEALs who perished that fateful day,” Adm. McRaven said.  “In the SEAL teams, the greatest compliment one SEAL can bestow upon another is to call him a teammate.  It’s a simple term, but it conveys everything about how we live, how we fight, and sometimes how we die,” Adm. McRaven said.

What is a teammate?  Watch the video below, and let Admiral William McRaven define it for you.

The following video is a combination tribute to Lt. (SEAL) Michael Murphy and remarks by Adm. McRaven from the ship’s commissioning. Unfortunately, I was unable to embed the raw video from his speech. But, you can find the original video HERE. But, the video I am presenting here is quite touching. Adm. McRaven’s remarks, along with the music and images in the video, make it perfect for this post.

Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy lived, fought and died a teammate to his shipmates; a teammate to the end.

To the crew of the Michael Murphy, you have a legacy to uphold.  Murph would expect anything bearing his name to be battle-ready at all times; to go in harm’s way when the Nation calls, and to bond together as teammates, knowing that it’s not the metal in the ship that makes you strong, it’s the hearts and souls of her crew that make her invincible.  To the officers and crew of the USS Michael Murphy, may Michael’s spirit steady your resolve and guide your every deed.

Admiral William McRaven

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Commissioning Ceremony

USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112)


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Armed Forces Salute

Posted in Video of the Week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2012 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

Armed Forces week has marched along, culminating in the honoring of our military tomorrow; Armed Forces Day (May 19, 2012).  I wanted to kick off this blog’s commemoration of Armed Forces Day with a tribute to the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to preserve and protect our country.  In this video, The West Virginia University Band presents our “Armed Forces Salute,” which features a medley of the songs from all branches of our great military, as well as a very special field show that will absolutely amaze you; truly fascinating what they do in this video.  Enjoy!!!

Reach Out and Live Your Dreams

Posted in Video of the Week with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2012 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

We haven’t had a “Video of the Week” in quite some time.  I got nostalgic this week, and wanted to dig back to the ’80’s; arguably one of the greatest decades for pop music in America and the World.  So, how do I just let loose on this Friday and let it all hang out for the end of the week when my blog is solely dedicated to the discussion of leadership and the synergies between military and corporate leadership?  Well, that’s what dreams are made of.

I joined the Navy during the Top Gun days.  No, not because of the movie; I had bigger influences, and, yes, dreams.  The movie, “Top Gun” was all the rage in the mid-80’s, and young men were joining the Navy and Air Force to become jet fighter pilots.  You talk about dreams.  To become a pilot, let alone a jet fighter pilot of a multi-million dollar piece of government hardware, was a lofty dream.  But, with a dream and a plan, many set out to become part of something bigger than themselves.  I’m sure most realized that becoming a fighter pilot was not realistic; but, again, they had a dream.  For most, many who joined the Navy and Air Force during that time realized their dreams in their own way, and found their ‘wings’ in a variety of career fields in their respective services.

The point?  Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.  But, we dream all the time, don’t we?  We have those images, ideas, emotions and sensations on a lot of things during our day; during our lives.  We don’t need someone to define our dreams all the time.  We know what we want or desire.  We may not always know how to get from here to there, but that’s what dreams are made of.

So, today I thought we would rekindle the Video of the Week feature on this blog with a few ‘dream sequences’ energized by a few familiar military images.  Let’s break away for a few moments and dream on this beautiful Friday, and let’s follow our dreams to wherever they take us.  Enjoy the sensations and collect your emotions from whatever your dreams are made of.  As the Van Halen song, “Dreams,” says:  “…we live in a World that must be strong…and in the end, on dreams we will depend…that’s what dreams are made of.”

Ironically, the videos I am presenting today are military-oriented and follow the “dream” theme of this post. We have Van Halen’s “Dreams” featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Runnin’ Down A Dream” featuring the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds. So, get motivated and start DREAMING!!! And, remember…It’s not a dream if you CAN DO IT!!! And, as these videos depict, our fighter pilots in the Navy and Air Force can certainly do some amazing things.


(simply curse over the various ads and banners on the video(s) to avoid their distraction)






Van Halen is copyright Interscope Records, a record label owned by Universal Music Group. Original video footage is copyright of its respective owner(s). Fair Use is implied and this video’s purpose is to entertain. No copyright infringement is intended.

Footage usage from Thunderama 2011. The video be found on the USAF Thunderbirds multimedia page at I do not own the music. Again, the music and original video footage is copyright of its respective owner(s). Fair Use is implied and this video’s purpose is to entertain. No copyright infringement is intended.

The United States Military Academy at West Point ~ Established March 16, 1802

Posted in Miscellaneous, Video of the Week with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2012 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

United States Military Academy Wall TapestryThe History of West Point is integral to the history of the United States of America. From the day of its founding on March 16, 1802, a favorite expression at West Point is that “much of the history we teach was made by people we taught.” Great leaders such as Grant and Lee, Pershing and MacArthur, Eisenhower and Patton, Schwarzkopf and Petraeus are among the more than 50,000 graduates. Countless others, following military service, have had distinguished careers in business, medicine, law, sports, politics, and science.

The mission of The United States Military Academy at West Point is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.

highland falls west point cadetsRenowned as the world’s premier leader development institution, West Point accomplishes its mission by developing cadets intellectually, physically, militarily, ethically, spiritually, and socially. The student body, or Corps of Cadets, numbers 4,400 and each year approximately 1000 cadets join the Long Gray Line as they graduate and are commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Today, The United States Military Academy at West Point celebrates its 210th birthday.


The Hellcats at the Old Guard Tattoo


For Freedom We Fight

Tribute to the West Point experience and the Class of 2011


On Brave Old Army Team

Act of Valor ~ (Navy SEALs – Sea, Air, Land…Hollywood)

Posted in Miscellaneous, Video of the Week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2012 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history.  A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey.

Act of Valor follows a Navy SEAL squad on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent, which unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat.  An elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, and in the process takes down a complex web of terrorist cells determined to strike America at all costs.

Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film–showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs.  The filmmakers had unprecedented Naval access resulting in never-before-seen military operation scenes which are composited from actual events in the lives of the men appearing in the film and their comrades.

Here is the Extended trailer for the movie –

The Navy SEALs in Act of Valor

Behind the scenes of Act of Valor

Oh, and did I mention that they’re using REAL BULLETS????


Related links discussing The United State Navy SEALs –

Inside Navy SEALs Team Six, Training

An Inside Look at the SEAL Sensibility

The True Undercover Boss

Act of Valor

Leadership Lessons of the Navy Seals

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