The Lieutenant Don't Know

The Lieutenant Don't Know

One Marine's Story of Warfare and Combat Logistics in Afghanistan

Book - 2014
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This book provides a refreshing look at the nitty-gritty of what our troops have been dealing with in Afghanistan, from the perspective of a young officer who was perfectly willing to learn, and also take responsibility for his units in a confusing war where combat was not merely on the “front,” but all around, and looking over all their roads.
In our wars since 2001 the term “front line” has long since lost its meaning, and the true combats have waged throughout the countries we’ve invaded, especially along the supply routes. Our opponents have not been able to stand with conventional forces, but instead attack inside our lines, their presence everywhere, if not always discernible. Into this mix of behind-the-lines attacks, combat logistics have played a larger role than ever.In Afghanistan particularly, the long convoy routes have been vulnerable to the same kind of surprise attacks suffered by the Soviets in past decades, the British 150 years ago, and Alexander the Great 2,000 years ago. The combats surround, and in that godforsaken landlocked land, the means to supply a Western army has to be undertaken with blood and sweat, once the quick panacea of airpower is overtaxed.When he joined the Marines, Jeff Clement was not a high-speed, top-secret recon guy. A logistician instead, he led combat convoys across treacherous terrain in southern Afghanistan through frequent enemy attacks in order to resupply US and British positions. As such he and his vehicles were a constant target of the resistance, and each movement was a travail, often accompanied by thundering blasts as the insurgents paved their way with IEDs. Each movement was fraught with danger, even as each objective had to be met. As a Marine Corps lieutenant, he deployed to Afghanistan twice, and always found a learning curve, as men previously on the ground were more savvy, and the insurgents, there for the duration, were savvier still. The Lieutenant Don’t Know provides a refreshing look at the nitty-gritty of what our troops have been dealing with in Afghanistan, from the perspective of a young officer who was perfectly willing to learn, and also take responsibility for his units in a confusing war where combat was not merely on the “front,” but all around, and looking over all their roads.

Publisher: Havertown, Pennsylvania ; Oxford, Great Britain : Casemate Publishers [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781612002484
161200248X
Characteristics: 264 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm

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Sep 16, 2015

Every offensive campaign needed combat logistics support,...

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Sep 16, 2015

Freedom was outside the wire-...

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SEBoiko
Sep 16, 2015

The faster we moved, the faster we continued to move.

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SEBoiko
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Every Marine a rifleman, every Marine officer a rifle platoon commander.

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Enjoy being a platoon commander. It's the best time you'll have in the Marine Corps, and you only get one shot at it.

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..., and that he would not pass any candidate who he did not trust to lead his son in combat.

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Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd platoon, Alpha Company USMC. Operation Enduring Freedom 10.1. 1/2010 to 7/2010.

JCLMelissaW Jul 07, 2014

This is a highly readable, well-told story. So many current war memoirs are from infantry Marines or Navy SEALs or Army Special Forces, but Lieutenant Clement's experience in combat logistics was no less dangerous, arduous or important to the overall war effort than theirs. It is both refreshing and interesting to read about a completely different aspect of the fight. He is passionate about his men and paints a detailed picture of the day-to-day operations of commanding a miles-long convoy driving 3-5 miles per hour.

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