Evaluation Of Leadership In Somalia: Msg Gordon And Sfc Shughart

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Evaluation of Leadership in Somalia: MSG Gordon and SFC Shughart Somalia, 02 October through 04 October, 1993, proved to be a tragic day for the lives of many brave U.S. soldiers and their families. These men, in addition to sixteen other U.S. soldiers gave their lives to help uphold democracy in the world. These men, MSG Gordon and SFC Shughart exemplified the four Army values: courage, candor, competence, and commitment. Upon examination of the four Army values and the actions of these men, it is clear these were moral men who made effective decisions and promoted unity and trust in their unit.Values are what people hold as moral standards; things they abide by in making decisions and in every day life. The four Army values are courage, candor, competence, and commitment. Courage, as described by FM 22-100, Military Leadership, is defined as that of moral character. When challenged by others, a person should do what they believe is morally correct. They should stand by their values. A person should not look for what is easiest, but what is right. Candor is the ability for someone to be open with their ideas so long as it is not disrespectful to those around them or to those in charge of them. This allows the unit to communicate clearly, without confusion. Competency is the possession of skills by an individual that allows them to understand their respective position. This enables the person to comprehend orders and follow through with their mission. Commitment, the fourth of the Army values, is believing and supporting the cause of the Army, and the beliefs of the country. By combining these four Army values, a unit can produce more efficient results.Blackhawk Down and Mogadishu: Heroism and Tragedy are two books that explain the battle that took place in Somalia in early October, 1993. Elite fighting forces (Delta Force, Ranger and Sniper units) were sent to apprehend Mohammed Farrah Aidid, a Somalian drug lord. The operation was in grave danger, unbeknownst to the American troops. The troops carried a light load, as the expected the raids to be quick, and additional weight would only slow them down. Somalians mobbed the roads, attacking the convoys of humvees. The land battle was furious and many men lost their lives. Delta Force began to send air support, accompanied by sniper and airborne ranger units. The helicopters were shot at, and many were grounded. With ground support scarce, and grounded birds, the situation seemed grave.Knowing that these men must be rescued from the fallen helicopters, MSG Gary Gordon, and SFC Randall Shughart requested permission to aid their wounded pilots. As previously described, the situation was dangerous, and permission was denied. Only after their third request were they permitted to attempt to aid their fallen comrade, TF 160 pilot Michael Durant. Through a blazing maze of enemy fire, they found their way to their fallen pilot. As they set up a perimeter, taking the bulk of the fire upon...

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