Military Review English Edition July-August 2014 - Page 73

You Are Fired Maj. Gen. Michael W. Symanski, U.S. Army Reserve, Retired Maj. Gen. Michael W. Symanski served the Army from 1970 through 2007. He commanded the 89th Regional Support Command and served as the Army Assistant G-3/5/7 for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs. He was the senior advisor for logistics, strategy, and policy to the Afghan Ministry of Defense 2009-2010. He holds a B.A. in history and political science, and an M.A. in history from the University of Illinois. Y ou may not see it coming, but usually few are surprised when a senior leader does his duty by relieving a subordinate leader who committed unacceptable personal behavior or who publicly failed in leadership and MILITARY REVIEW  July-August 2014 management. The firing probably is done for the good of the service or to ensure mission accomplishment, and the guilty party and the public expect it. Granted, toxic leaders rarely are aware of their own poison and believe they are good Brig. Gen. Courtney Whitney, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and Maj. Gen. Edward M. Almond observe the shelling of Inchon from the USS Mt. McKinley, 15 September 1950. Gen. Douglas MacArthur was fired by President Harry S. Truman because of MacArthur’s open and public opposition to U.S. policy during the Korean War. 71