Talking Proud Photo Gallery - Military leadership --- much responsibility at low levels of rank

Legs? Who needs 'em? We got work to do. Colonel Gregory Gadsen, USA, a West Point graduate, he was returning from a memorial service in Baghdad for two Soldiers from his brigade on May 7, 2007, when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. He lost both legs above the knee and suffered a severe injury to his right arm. He was one of the first to be fitted with a next-generation powered prosthetic knee. He asked to remain on active duty, and served as commander, Fort Belvoir, Virginia before retiring.


Upload 'em. U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ashby Jakober, 445th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, coordinates en-route patient movement.

Exiting a UH-60 Black Hawk

Move it, move it, move it. A maintenance supervisor of the 145th Field Artillery Regiment, gives commands to his platoon following their departure from a UH-60 Black Hawk near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 28, 2018.


Now pay attention Marines. I'm not going to repeat myself. You four step out of line one more time, and I'm gonna have your ...
Do you understand me?


It's lonely at the top. This leader, with his followers in trail formation behind him, has a lot on his mind.


Easy does it skipper. You'll go when we say you go.


You wanna mess with me? Stand in line recruit. I'll get to you after I handle the others.


They are Marines, not female Marines. And their leader is leading, and they are following, with enormous pride.


In battle, leaders rise up and lead. And I don't mean tomorrow. Now!


"Leaders are not born. They are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal." Vince Lombardi.


No time to explain, go that way. A Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, gives orders to his team during the final exercise of Exercise Tiger Strike 2016, in Sabah Province, Malaysia


Building teams essence of leadership. You cannot be a leader unless you have followers. The very good leaders know how to build teams which in turn follow his-her leadership. That's what you see here as Sailors go through a damage control drill aboard the USS Wasp.


Leaders, true leaders, instill leadership. Gerald Irons, a former NFL football player, runs a Football & Leadership Development Summer Camp. By teaching football skills, he helps the young learn leadership skills and how to become a leader.


Move over that way. A team approaches an Afghan village, and this team leader wants his men to move over to provide the proper cover.


Right over there lieutenant! The truth is I do not know what General Eisenhower is telling this lieutenant, but Ike looks mighty serious and involved. Whatever he's saying, you know he's leading. Eisenhower once said, "Leadership is the art of getting someone to do something you was done because he wants to do it."


Yeah, we know, you want to be a Marine Corps officer. First this. A Marine Corps officer candidate breaks the surface of the Quigley, a murky water obstacle used for training, at the Officer Candidates School on Marine Corps Base Quantico.


These are my Marines, I'm their instructor, and they're damn good Marines.
This Marine sergeant is a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and he is leading F/2nd Recruit Training Battalion as it marches across the parade deck during its graduation. You can see there is no frivolity with this man, and take a look below at why — his lean and mean Marine recruits could be the photo ad for the "Few, the Proud, the Marines."




Point takes the lead.
.Pfc. Jonghyun Lee, USMC, F/2nd Recruit Training Battalion has the lead as point man, taking his squad up a hill with ammo boxes to resupply the unit's fighting positions above in a Crucible Recruit Training exercise. No fooling around here. Never underestimate the importance of the point man. The others follow so he-she must have the old head screwed on right.


Let's go. Move it! A Marine sergeant barks instructions to his platoon mates from 2-7 Marines and 1st Cobat Engineer Battalion as they participate in live fire attacks at Twenty Nine Palms.


Command. Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Silvernale, platoon sergeant of the Company C, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment (Airborne), yells out commands to his troops during air assault training where UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters took them into a section of Alaska’s Chugach Range to engage an opposing force.


The Marines call this motivation. I call it leadership training.


I told you to stop that beast, Sir! When I tell you to stop that B-52, I mean it, Sir! Now I said stop her, right now, Sir!


Hold it. Be quiet. Standby. He’s lead, he’s point, no matter what the rank, he’s giving the orders now. And those behind follow.


Hey you guys, get your buns over there! Tech. Sgt. Adam Gardner, USAF calls for additional help during a brush fire March 16, 2015, outside the main gate at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.


Don’t you even think about it Skipper. I’m telling you to stop my airplane, so stop it now or I won’t let you drive her anymore.


No dammit, I said put the stupid thing over there skipper! Do it now, Sir! Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Adam Haffner, amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), directs the landing of an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, with authority.


I said hold that jet skipper! Here you have a Navy Aviation Boatswains Mate Airman Apprentice telling the pilot of a F/A-18E Super Hornet to hold in position while his colleagues attach him to the catapult. The pilot, an officer, does what the young Sailor tells him, for sure.


You got it? USAF basic military training instructor teaching new recruits about the UAF”s wingman concept: take care of each other, take care of your wingman.


You, get your buns over here pronto! An Army Basic Combat Training Instructor. He’s in charge. Any doubts?


Hold your damn horses Skipper! We’ll tell you when we’re ready for you to go. Sailors readying their Navy EA-18G Growler for takeoff from the USS George Washington on a grim looking day.


Stop! Without uttering a word Army Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol Team Leader ordering his men to stop, danger ahead. Unit D, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division, 1967, Vietnam.


Wait a damn minute skipper, I’ll tell you where and when you can go. Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class (E-5) Christopher O’Neil directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Gunslingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron 105 onto a catapult on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).


"Gimmie Gas Sarg!” Staff Sgt. Jennipher Jackson, USAF, attaches a fuel hose during an aircraft refueling operation in Korea.