I only briefly met the man, during an excercise in Spain. Junior enlisted don't usually get to shoot the **** with 4 star generals. But his time as Commadant, which comprised the majority of my time in, he was unafraid to make changes that he felt were necessary for the Marine Corps to adapt to its current role in the world. I believe I recall him saying that he wanted to restructure our European bases so that they would reflect current military needs, rather than Cold War attitudes we maintained past Reagan and through Bush 2s reign. I am not sure how succesful he was in that, but I remember him saying it was something he felt need be done. He was the SACUER(Supreme Allied Commander Europe) and US CENTCOM Europe, after his stint as the Commadant. I wrote in another thread, he was frank and honest with a Congressional commitee that asked if the US could decisivley win two MTWs(Major Theaters of War) at the same time. Other branch commanders said yes, and then asked for money for more projects. He told them no, he did not think US forces could handle two MTWs the way our forces were structured. He seemed to me, to be a principled and honorable man that is unafraid to speak the truth to his superiors.
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"Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis