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The Battles of Peace

ISBN13: 9780345483041
ISBN: 0345483049
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $19.0
Publisher: Ivy Books
Published Date:
Pages: 280
Average Goodreads rating: 4.00/5 (3 ratings)

One company commander's battle against drugs and racial conflict in the war to rebuild the post-Vietnam army

In 1974, being a soldier was neither an easy nor a popular profession, as Captain Michael Lee Lanning found out when he assumed command of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany.

The start-up problems of the all-volunteer forces were still painfully evident in the United States Army. Morale was low, drug abuse high, racial conflict frequent, discipline poor, and criminal activity common. Even the barracks were a pathetic shamble.

These were just some of the problems Captain Lanning faced as he struggled to make Alpha Company "combat ready." What followed is a shining testament to how leadership by example can make a difference. In eighteen months, Alpha Company went from being an unruly, unprofessional, drug-infested unit to the best in the battalion, racking up top marks, honors, and commendations. They became a company to which Lanning could honestly say: "You are the best soldiers in the best company in the best army in the world."