US Military Officers Too Dangerous???

By John Farnam

General Norman Schwarzkopf armed in public with President George Bush
General Norman Schwarzkopf armed in public with President George Bush
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Ft Collins, CO –-( “Moral courage is the most valuable, and usually the most absent, characteristic in men.” ~ Patton

Too dangerous to “allow” our military officers to be armed?

We did at one time, back when we trusted our own troops!

This, from a friend and retired fellow officer:

“When I was a brand-new 2LT at Fort Lewis, my Battalion CO told me, when I met him for the first time, that I would be carrying my issued M1911A1 45 ACP pistol everywhere on post and that I would also be carrying, in addition, my issued M16A1 rifle when in the field.

He said,

‘Son, you are an Infantry Officer. You, and all our brave soldiers, comprise the first line of defense for our Nation. You are assigned to serve as the S-2 in an infantry battalion. So great an honor is difficult to imagine!

We serve to fight, son! First and foremost, we’re here to gun-down enemies of the USA.

Welcome aboard!’

His final word of warning:

‘Son, don’t let me catch you unarmed. Lead by example. Your battalion, your family, and your Nation expect great things from you.

Now, get out of my office and go inspire our troopers!’

I wonder if such things are even said to junior officers any more.

The Assistant Division Commander at the time was (then) Brigadier General Norman Schwarzkopf, who always preferred a rifle range to an office chair. He verbally praised junior officers who were seen openly bearing arms on post. He personally, was always armed.

Our division commander at the time was a cowboy from east Texas who, needless to say, also wore his M1911A1 everywhere.

This was, of course, way back in the days when generals actually lead by example!


“When we least expect it, life sends us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change. At such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened, nor in insisting that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait!” ~ Paulo Coelho

Challenges never do!


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7 years ago

When men were men and freedom was a highly prized responsibility .

TSgt B
TSgt B
7 years ago

As a retired Air Force NCO, serving from the end of Vietnam until a few years after the 1st Gulf War, I am sadly disappointed in the current situation and predicament of the U. S. Armed Forces. We ARE THE VANGUARD OF FREEDOM. WE VOLUNTARILY PUT OUR ASSES ON THE LINE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. For this WE STAND. We did not swear an Oath to any person or political party. We swore it to the People. This “rooster lollipop” (come to your own conclusions) in the White House is… Read more »

Sam Hill
Sam Hill
7 years ago

Arm every man woman and child. When the lights go out no one will be left behind.