Military Review English Edition September-October 2014 - Page 91

WARRIOR SPIRIT of memorized text. Nevertheless, if senior leaders do not aggressively create a command climate in peacetime that fosters risk taking, trust, and leader accountability, the warrior spirit is likely to dissipate altogether soon after complete cessation of combat operations in Afghanistan. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates expressed concern for such inherent problems associated with a drawdown prior to his departure from office in 2011, saying, Men and women in the prime of their professional lives, who may have been responsible for the lives of scores or hundreds of troops, or millions of dollars in assistance, or engaging MILITARY REVIEW  September-October 2014 Pfc. Patrick Murphy (right) delivers a vicious kick to the head of Pvt. Zach Rabenold in their bout during the final night of the modern army combatives tournament held as part of the 82nd Airborne Division’s All American Week celebration at Fort Bragg, 21 May 2008. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mike Pryor, 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. Public Affairs) 89