The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 5, 1997 · Page 46
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 46

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 5, 1997
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Continued from previous page others, and selfless service and loyalty, then the behavior coming out of that value system will be consistent with Army standards. We have seven values in the Army: courage, honor, integrity, loyalty, duty, selfless service and respect. One of the important things we learned from Aberdeen is that it's very important for our soldiers, particularly those in leadership positions, either as noncommissioned officers or as officers, for those soldiers to have greater loyalty to the institutional values than they have to each other. Because when things go bad, it is when soldiers decide they're going to be more loyal to each other than they are to what they've been taught by the institution, and that's when a cover-up occurs. Q: Another topic: Who are our enemies? We don't use the word "enemy." But [there are] three categories: We've got the peer competitor, like the Soviet Union was; right now there's no peer competitor, and we don't project the emergence of a peer competitor for another several decades. Then there's the regional threat — Iraq and Iran, and that whole potential for regional upset — or North Korea/ South Korea. Then we have warrior threats, something like m Rwanda or Somalia, Haiti. That s a much smaller thing, but it can be explosive and of strategic interest. Q: What's the worst aspect of your job? Not being with the soldiers. It's not the same thing as being a battalion or brigade commander where you re really involved and in the field. Q; Do you have any regrets? I really don't. I like the way my lite went. Some people might say, "You don't have a husband. YOU don't have children." Everyone has to make choices, and I don t think it would have been possible to have done both. Q; You could still get married. Well, certainly — put my phone number in this article. Q; Anyway, It* been a good life - ls that what you're saying? Absolutely. I've had opportunities very few people have had. C3 Sandra MpElwalne, bawd In Washington, D.c, frequently writes for USA WEEKEND. Cesar 6. Soriano contributed to this story. 6 U8A WEEKEND • OOt. 8-6,1W?

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