Skip to comments.Pace to Leave Legacy of Battle Focus, Commitment to Troops, Top NCO Says (“Our Patton”)
Posted on 09/30/2007 12:06:14 PM PDT by SandRat
| WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2007 Marine Gen. Peter Pace will leave behind a lasting legacy of professionalism and commitment to the troops when he retires Oct. 1, his senior enlisted advisor and self-described battle buddy told American Forces Press Service today.
In meetings with the defense secretary, at congressional hearings and even in informal sessions with military family members, Pace has never wavered from his moral compass, Gainey said. He has always spoken the truth, even when it wasnt popular, he said. His biggest weakness is that he has not learned the art of BS-ing.
Pace has always felt a strong obligation to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who make up the U.S. armed forces, Gainey said. As a result, he always kept their interests, along with the military mission, in the forefront of his mind.
Hes mission-focused, but he always says, How will all of this affect Corporal Pace and his family? Gainey said. He has not forgotten compassion and the fact that its all about taking care of troops and their families.
Gainey said this characteristic makes Pace stand out from the many other great military leaders. What sets him aside is that hes also a wonderful person whos never forgotten who he is, where he came from in life and how he got where he is, he said.
The sergeant major attributes much of Paces style to his days as a young Marine lieutenant in Vietnam, where he came to appreciate the importance of junior enlisted troops and noncommissioned officers.
To this day, Pace shows his thanks regularly, jumping at every opportunity to greet a young servicemember and present his personal military coin. Ive seen him stop a whole convoy to shake the hand of a young driver, Gainey said.
Troops in the field respond strongly, frequently marveling that an officer of Paces stature will take the time to recognize them. Hes like a rock star to them, Gainey said.
On a recent visit to Afghanistan, a young troop there called Pace our Patton, a reference to World War II hero Gen. George S. Patton Jr. Thats how the young people see him, Gainey said.
Paces personal staff experiences his personal connection every morning, when the general walks into their daily stand-up meeting with the greeting, Good morning, family. How are you?
Never in the past two years has he not said that, Gainey said. That tells you a lot about the man. Thats how he is.
Gainey said he hopes Pace writes a book after he retires to share his leadership philosophy, and that it becomes required reading at all military schools.
After all, anybody can get in front and say, Follow me, Gainey said. Not everybody can say that and make everyone want to follow. But thats what General Peter Pace does. Hes the real deal.
Gen. Peter Pace, USMC
Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, USA
Does anybody know what words and symbols are on his coin?
Pace has gone on record as saying the gay lifestyle is immoral. In our increasingly PC world its refreshing to have a man who stands behind his convictions. He will be missed. We salute you sir ^5
Go here http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=47623 for the story and the photo of the coin.
Pace has never wavered from his moral compass, Gainey said. He has always spoken the truth, even when it wasnt popular, he said. His biggest weakness is that he has not learned the art of BS-ing.
Patton is a big endorsement: I’d actually like him to toss his hand into the Republican Presidential Ring ‘08
worth reading: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=47507
I have over 40 division and command coins in my collection, but that one would be at the top of my list.
EARNING IT, however, would be no small task.
God bless General Pace for standing firm.
Which coin. Pace’s or Gainey’s?
Pace should run for Senate in Virginia. We need some real men in that body!