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 image captures why uncommon valor is a common virtue amongst the brotherhood of blood.

Now that the Grunts have carried the Hill, what do we do with it? Can the leaders be worthy of the led?

Always, our young men with guns trudge, crawl, climb and run with a quiet universal dignity.

Killing is easy. Living with it later is far harder.

Every generation has a cataclysmic event that forever flashes for the participants - the visualization of the moment. Years pass and yet the greatest degree of detail is recalled.

Here are some points to consider as compiled from numerous grunt-level communications ranging from junior enlisted to senior flags.