The Commander Is The Most Imperative Participant

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In any mission, the Commander is the most imperative participant. He or she guides the mission to the intended outcome. It is through the commander’s activities that the directed outcome is achieved. Through successful understanding, visualizing, describing, directing, leading and assessing the commanders of Soldiers are able to accomplish the directed mission and thus winning wars. Throughout the role of commander in the Battle of Hamburger Hill, Lieutenant Colonel Weldon Honeycutt attempted the complete these commander’s activities. (ADRP 5-0) The successes and failures of mission command he had, will be explained, giving a better understanding of the Battle of Hamburger Hill and the pivotal turning point in the Vietnam war.
LTC Honeycutt was born in 1931 in Greensboro, North Carolina and joined the Army at 16 years old by lying to enlist. He was promoted through the ranks and became a Captain five short years later. He commanded a company within the 187th Regimental Combat Team at the start of the Korean War. This was when Honeycutt proved himself; he was the commander of the company that overran a key hill controlled by the Chinese. Working under General William Westmorland we was given the nickname “Tiger” for his actions in the Korean War. General Westmoreland and LTC Honeycutt maintained a personal and professional relationship throughout their careers. LTC Honeycutt was “always a controversial figure, the colonel was considered by some fellow officers as one of…
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