Angel’s Share: Musings of a bourbon sipping ACW Student

April 26, 2009

The evolution of military tactics…

Filed under: Uncategorized — angelshare @ 11:51 am

Earlier this month I attended another seminar led by Bill Hewitt, sponsored by MHO. Bill is a retired Lt. Col. and in the four or so years that I have known him, his approach to the battle of Gettysburg is just a bit different…at least it makes ME look at it differently. You see, Bill approaches such topics as Pipe Clay Creek Circular and the PPT Charge from a military perspective. Much different than the perspective of the historian – and the discussions that I have had over the years with Bill have broadened my understanding of some of the command decisions.

The first part of the day was spend in the classroom and Bill opened with an overview of the evolution of military tactics. He posted a brilliant slide that details the journey of tactics which can be applied in both a macro and micro sense. The four main elements of the tactical journey include “doctrine, leaders, equipment and units.” The “fifth element”, not to be confused with the awesome Bruce Willis movie, is “dimension.” Dimension covers length, depth, height and the all important time factor.

As Bill laid out the journey he then applied the impact of changes within the elements and provided a micro study within the American Civil War…..the morning went by quickly and it was all we could do to absorb as fast as possible.

I was able to record the morning event and I am working with Bill to turn the content into a few podcasts. I have the rough draft done of the first podcast and the goal is to segment them into a series. Hopefully, Bill and I can offer the podcasts for sale in the near future….we are trying to work out the logistics and pricing models now. More to follow as that happens….


April 13, 2009

Well, it’s now official!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — angelshare @ 10:01 pm

Today I reached a goal and milestone in my life….I completed my coursework at the University of Phoenix in March and today in the mail I received my diploma. So folks, you are looking at the most recent graduate of the University of Phoenix Bachelor in Science of Business Management! Wow! It is hard to believe to a certain degree….

I struggled early on in my career opting to get out in “the real world” and learn by doing rather than by going to school. I obtained an Associate’s degree from Springfield Technical Community College in 1983 and hit the road. Over the course of time I learned my trade, worked on HVAC units and controls and eventually went into technical support for a controls company. From there I moved into sales and 9 years ago, into Management – becoming one of the company’s youngest branch managers at the time.

I’ve since moved over to Johnson Controls where I am a branch manager in Knoxville. I moved the family to be near the Smokey Mountains and it’s been a great experience. About 2 1/2 years ago I started back at the University of Phoenix online to get my degree. The time has certainly flown by, but there were some individual assignments and papers that I thought would never end!!

I was able to accomplish this with the support of my beautiful wife and lovely kids….now we can spend some Saturdays together without me reading or writing a paper frantically that is due on Sunday night! I also need to thank my friends who were very supportive of me during this time too.

Well, in taking stock I now have to figure out what is next. I’ve grown interested in digital photography so I want to pursue that along with some of my Gettysburg interests….Farnsworth’s Charge, Scales Brigade and a growing interest in how each commander planned for the potential of what could happen and the reality of what did happen.

I hope to post a bit more frequently now and hope to have some thoughts worth your time in considering……..


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