Richard Rodgers wrote:
Dave ... who is the solo-holdout on the Army Chief of Staff? It's gotta be Colin Powell. I wonder if he REALLY wants to wear that title (solo-holdout) the next time he and his peers get together over drinks? Something tells me Colin will come around.
In the meantime, another great signature ... I knew the corps would come through for us! SEMPER FI
As a former Marine I certainly will not belittle the Corps but to get a Marine General is not an easy thing to do; believe me. Probably the hardest of signers because of the Marine Corps mentality and selectiveness, especially considering the Corps didn't want Audie in WWII. Big mistake!, lol!
In any case, I always analyize the person and try to guess as to weather he will sign. Sometimes they surprise me. I served under Kelley but didn't think he would sign. By contrast I served under CMC Al Gray (Korea and Vietnam vet) and felt he would as he had THB on his reading list for professional developement when I served under him as CMC. To this date I haven't heard from him. You never know!
As to the sole hold-out, I said it was Chief of Staff. General Powell was not Chief of Staff but rather Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The sole hold-out is General Reimer, who was Chief in the late 90's.