“We need to spend this money.”—MAAWS: CERP and FOO in Baghdad. A long discussion about measures of performance vs measures of effectiveness and the mentality of “right or wrong, just get out there and do something!”
“Don’t worry! I am not dead!!!”—1st phone call from my only child, a US Marine, who was also the youngest Marine in the Corps in 2002, after his first fire fight after just arriving in Kabul while on duty at the Embassy.