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Old 01-26-2013, 18:50   #271
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Great story, Bandy. I miss his insights, and wonder what interesting things he would have had to say about all the events unfolding these days.
You and me both.
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Old 03-13-2013, 19:59   #272
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I was reading through my PM's from COL Jack and came across this story he shared with me. I had asked him about his leadership style and methods. He was always kind enough to answer questions like that...even from a civilian like me.

I miss him.

The Story goes as follows:

"I was always approachable and I was always tested by each unit to which I was assigned. For instance, in the second SF company I took command of I had a senior NCO come up to me, take out his knife while saying, "Hey Sir, I see you are a mountain climber cause you got that big old rope hanging from the patch on your sleeve" As it was, there was a thread that I had failed to notice that was loose from freshly sewn on patches which is normally something that folks get "gigged" for in inspections as a lack of attention to detail. This sergeant was going to show me that his standards were higher than mine, and that I wasn't going to be able to get away with such an "infraction" of his standards. So I told him, "Damn, you are right! Why don't you remove that rope and while you obviously share that same level of interest in mountaineering by being able to identify that object as a climbing rope, after you remove it, take it over there to that hand rail and properly store it for me by securing it with a bowline knot and don't forget to throw on the safety half-hitch" Well you obviously cannot tie anything that is 2" long around a 4x4 railing. After the change of command was over, he sheepishly came into my office, apologized for being a jerk, and invited me to come over to the team room to relax with the team and share some of my goals for the unit. The bottom line is that you can never take yourself too seriously, you have to maintain your sense of humor, and never let anyone think you are not in charge. But you also have to clearly lay out to all the mission and vision you see for the organization, what your expectations are of them, what they can expect from you, and who exactly you are and how you are going to operate."
WOW, I just came upon this thread. What a Man. Reading this sends chills. I missed this all but what a great site to catch up and remember or even introduce a great person to new people. This site is as great as this Man.

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Old 10-25-2013, 18:34   #273
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It's that time again...Colonel, hope you are enjoying a cold one or three with your buddies. You are missed...
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Old 10-25-2013, 18:48   #274
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Yes I too miss his comments and his wisdom.....

Reat in Peace Col........ You are not forgotten.
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Old 10-25-2013, 20:35   #275
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It's that time again...Colonel, hope you are enjoying a cold one or three with your buddies. You are missed...
I so miss his "Winter Pics" of the Wildlife in the snow and his "Interactions" in here!!

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Old 10-25-2013, 22:28   #276
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I was thinking of him just this morning as a random flash thought. It is hard to believe it's been 5 years. I remember when I read TS's post a few days after his passing. I was in the field and had just sat down in my office. Upon reading the post I closed the door and wept.

COL. Jack provided advice and mentorship because he cared about people. I have a COL Jack saying hanging in my office space, a saying I've had in each office space since sometime in mid 2007. It says:

"You have to understand that I did not fit the mold of the typical officer as I considered myself to be a soldier who just happened to be an officer. Officers have several significant roles, but none more significant than using the power of their position to enable their subordinates (and I mean that in rank only) to succeed. That means that your job is to accomplish the mission (which you do not do on your own but by the effort of all the soldiers you focus on the tasks required) and take care of your troops (which means that you provide them with the leadership, training, resources,,etc. required to successfully perform those tasks and well as stand for them, with them, and always in front of them)."

It's advice I took to heart and advice I've tried to exemplify.

I miss him.
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Old 10-25-2013, 22:48   #277
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You are not forgotten, Sir.

Thanks for your friendship and leadership.

Rest in Peace.

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Old 10-30-2013, 13:56   #278
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I was using one of the Colonel's many nuggets of wisdom just the other day.

Rest in Peace, Sir, we were all blessed to cross paths with you.
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Old 01-25-2014, 10:12   #279
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Good by old Friend

Am working on my memoirs and googled Jack to get the spelling of his name right. I served as a bn cdr under him when we first stood up the Training Group in 89. He was a great guy to work for.
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Old 01-25-2014, 14:21   #280
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I can't find the PM,

But I remember the Colonel's wife was having some difficulties, is she safe, well, and cared for today?

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I can't find the PM,

But I remember the Colonel's wife was having some difficulties, is she safe, well, and cared for today?

S
When this was posted, I advised his son by PM. Today he got back to me:

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Just so you know, someone is asking after your mom's welfare in your dad's thread.

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Thanks for the heads up. I haven't been on the site in a while, but just read your email. My Mom is doing great. Trying to get her to sell the house and move down here to Free Pineland and move in with us; but she is reluctant to leave her friends and life. Winters are tough up there in VT, but we are up there quite a bit to help out and the neighbors are great with helping out.
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Old 05-29-2014, 23:34   #282
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Thank you RR,

Good to know.

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Old 10-19-2014, 17:10   #283
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Colonel, you are still very much missed. I hope you are enjoying a cold one and enjoying the fall colors... RIP.
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:29   #284
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Colonel, you are still very much missed. I hope you are enjoying a cold one and enjoying the fall colors... RIP.
That would be a cold ice tea, the COL didn't drink.
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Today Marks the 10th Anniversary of COL Jack Moroney's Passing
Old 10-27-2018, 01:52   #285
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Today Marks the 10th Anniversary of COL Jack Moroney's Passing

Good Evening Quiet Professionals,

Ten years ago today, COL Jack Moroney, my father and hero, suddenly and unexpectantly passed away.

With my family's permission, I am posting the eulogy I was honored to deliver at Arlington National Cemetary on 04 November 2008:


Thank you all very much for coming. You honor my father and our family. We
are grateful and deeply humbled by your presence here today.

A few weeks ago, my 12 year old son Brian was working on a series of Veteran's
Day projects for school. During his research, he came upon the following quote
by Winston Churchill,

'We sleep soundly in our beds because Rough Men stand ready in the
night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."

Well kids, let me tell you something about your Grandfather. Your Grandfather
was one of those Rough Men. He was a rough man who loved his family, loved
his country, and loved his soldiers.

Your Grandfather Loved His Family.

Your Grandfather loved your Grandma very very much. After he retired from the
Army, I asked him what he planned to do next? He replied that now he had to
make up for all the lost time he missed with your Grandma.

He loved your Aunt Carron. She was his favorite....daughter. Favorite daughter.

He loved your Uncle Dan, especially after he chose to attend the same
university, nearly the same major, lived in the same dorm room, and chose the
same branch of military service. He even named one of his dogs, "Jack"!

He loved your Aunt Romi, he had to, she had more parachute jumps than he did!

He loved your Mom. After meeting your Mom for the first time, he took me aside
and said, "She would make a terrific wife!...DON'T **** IT UP!" As always, he was right.

He loved his sister, as you two guys should love your sister.

He loved all his in-laws, nieces, and nephews, although he thought some of his
nephews needed haircuts.

And he loved you three guys, very much.

Your Grandfather Loved His Country.

He was conservative...VERY conservative.

One of your Grandma's friends found him "slightly to the right of Attila the Hun."

He believed in Democracy, and loved its champions.

He was a huge fan of Rush Limbaugh, William F. Buckley, Mark Steyn, Dennis
Miller, Charles Krauthammer, Charlton Heston, ....and Wagner.

If you don't know who these guys are, don't worry, your Mom will make sure you
know before you move out of the house.

He was prepared to sacrifice his life for the just cause, whether it was to defend
the Constitution of the United States or to Liberate the Oppressed, without
hesitation.

Lastly, your Grandfather Loved His Soldiers.

He was the best example of the "servant leader" I have ever seen.

He believed in and lived the maxim,
"If you take care of your people, they will take care of you."

He loved his Soldiers, and his Soldiers loved him.

Of the many many condolences we have received from his Soldiers over the past
week, the one which best sums them all is,

"I loved him like a brother."

So kids, be proud that your Grandfather was one of the Rough Men.

He loved us all, and we loved him.

He was our Hero, and is now a Legend.

...and Legends live forever...
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