Meet Brigadier General H.R. McMaster

This is huge, huge news. General David Petraeus is finally reforming the US Army from it’s fossilized cold war stance into a nimble asymmetrical warfare organization by promoting colonels to general officers based on merit and combat experience. Col. McMaster is only one on the list of new BG’s who have cut their teeth and shown extreme resourcefulness in asymmetrical warfare, but he’s one of my personal long-time heroes in this current war on terrorists (I read several millblogs, but I never ever comment there because I’m a pencil-neck civilian, even though my dad was a USAF colonel).

Colonel H.R. McMaster, now a BG!

Colonel H.R. McMaster, now a BG!

This is one tough hombre; one bad-ass mofo. Isn’t “McMaster” the coolest of all possible names for an American warrior? He’s not alone on the BG list either, which reads like forty yards of combat-hardened fucking barbed wire.

Now, if the shit-ass shyster-politicians – inferior scum, all – will just get the hell out of the way and let these guys do the jobs God created them to do, I’ll sleep perfectly well at night, thank you very mucking futch.

10 Responses to “Meet Brigadier General H.R. McMaster”

  1. Rebecca H Says:

    Not to throw cold water on anyone (Mr. H terms me the “wet blanket”), but the military also has a system of points that lead to promotion. I would suggest that some of the promotions are due to the fact that these people have served in wartime, an opportunity that hasn’t existed for many (besides Air Force pilots) since Vietnam. Wartime (especially combat theaters) presents many more opportunities for advancement in the military than peacetime, and certainly General Petraeus would not jump the system to promote people just because they’re in acccord with his view (although, we can say, most responsible military people probably are in accord with his view.

    That said, there is also a certain amount of subjective judgment that goes with promotion, when there’s more than one candidate for a slot. Political kissups rarely get the nod in wartime (I give you Wesley Clark’s largely peacetime service). Warriors (and intelligent wartime strategists) do.

    My point is, if our military forces manage to forge a peaceful interlude for us (and may it be long), our military will once again fall back on the kissups. But also, let us pray there will still be people there (not only military, but political) willing to step up with the heart and right solutions, when war erupts again.

  2. Angus Dei Says:

    One question, Rebecca: Did you read the article, both pages?

  3. thefrollickingmole Says:

    Theres always the chance that a more “conventional” war may break out, but I cant see many in that group not rising to the challenge.
    It will be interesting to see some of the priorities in R&D of weaponry and tactics as this group trickle through as well. Also interesting to see an MP promoted, I do feel thats to bring some more oversight to detainee issues to prevent another Abu Ghraib. If a prison/detention system doesnt have good leadership they tend to go to shit quickly.

    And how depressing must it be to be a jihadi nutbag and realise that this woman
    Can kick your ass 5 ways to breakfast?
    I strongly believe one of the biggest reasons for the backwardness of much of the Islamic world is tied to the fact they automaticly cull the 50% of their population without dangly bit out. They could have the Islamic Einstein, Shakespere or Newton among them, but if its got tits it will never be free to advance them.

  4. thefrollickingmole Says:

    Heres one of the ladies he promoted in an article on logistics. I dont know how much of this is bumf and big noting, but bugger me she seems bright and committed.

    “..Q: What have been your greatest success stories since becoming the deputy chief of staff, G-4?

    A: We are an Army at war and transforming. For the past five years, the Army has been able to sustain Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom [OIF/OEF] with ground equipment readiness rates greater than 90 percent. Our depot production is twice as high as pre-OIF levels. Reset is well underway. In fiscal year 2007, our depots will repair approximately 117,000 major items of equipment. Additionally, hundreds of thousands more items of equipment will be repaired at the field level. Since 9/11, we have reset more than 200,000 pieces of equipment and weapons and have provided approximately $193 million in depot support to other services—the largest output we have produced since the Vietnam War. ..”

  5. ACS Says:

    Finally! The DOD finally saw fit in retaining the exceptional skills, leadership and services of this great American military leader. I served with BGEN McMaster in Iraq in 2005 and know first hand what a brilliant officer and a gentleman he really is! I had a chance to interview him during that time and produce this video for his command the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (3d ACR). Enjoy!

  6. Ash Says:

    The more good men we have out on the ground, the better ACS.

    Thank you for serving.

  7. Angus Dei Says:

    Awesome vid, ACS! Gave me goose bumps and chills.

    And yes, there are no words to adequately thank you for your service, but thank you. If you ever need music for a video production, let me know. I’m a composer with both BM and MM degrees.


  8. ACS Says:

    Thank you for the support and kudos. I would very much be interested in taking you up on the offer for your talents as a composer. I truly only work with epic orchestral compositions for my projects instead of the “typical” hard rock music compilations you see on splattered all over You Tube everyday. And thank you for providing a site to post such diverse and salient material on the web. Let’s stay in touch.


  9. Angus Dei Says:

    In the sidebar is a link to “Hucbald”: You can find me there.

  10. Bob Hauer Says:

    I knew H.R. in Schweinfurt. His troops would sleep on a bed of nails and run through bick walls for him He isbar none the finest combat commander in the US Army

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