Keith Nightingale

COL Nightingale is a retired Army Colonel who served two tours in Vietnam with Airborne and Ranger (American and Vietnamese) units. He commanded airborne battalions in both the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 82nd Airborne Division. He later commanded both the 1/75th Rangers and the 1st Ranger Training Brigade.

The invasion began with subtle sounds and vibrations on cat’s paws growing to crescendo.  We remember and depict the crescendos but forget the subtlety of sounds that brought it all...

Wait.  Wait.  GO.  Slam.  Knees hitting the deck.  Recover.  Move back. Don’t get in the way.  Pack it in.  Jam it up. Repeat.

Most people who have not been a Grunt in combat, they do not appreciate what makes a Grunt smile or what passes for amusing.

They are nameless and ageless but they are forever. They made us what we are and they will determine what we will be.

Flexibility exercised with good judgment is a pearl without price if it resides within the mind of the man on the spot.

It is our national tar baby. Most simply, it is a mess. We are there. We would like to get out. What are our options?