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Crispin Burke

Major Crispin Burke has been serving on active duty in the U.S. Army since 2002. He is an Army aviator qualified in the UH-60 Black Hawk and the LUH-72 Lakota helicopters. His assignments include the 82nd Airborne Division during Hurricane Katrina, Joint Task Force-Bravo in Honduras, the 10th Mountain Division during the Iraq War, and the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Germany. Major Burke administers the blog, "Wings Over Iraq." He has been featured in the New York Times, Small Wars Journal, Foreign Policy, World Politics Review, and the Wall Street Journal.

Recent articles from Crispin Burke

A U.S. Army Soldier maneuvers a Talon Robot, designed to defeat improvised explosive devices, into position to gently picking up a baseball during Counter-IED training at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Oct. 15, 2013.
Leadership
What Major League Baseball Can Teach Us About Recruiting And Keeping Good Troops
Talent management in Major League Baseball offers lessons on recognizing, rewarding, and recruiting personnel.
Stryker WIN-T Inc 2 Evaluation
Leadership
We Preach Subordinate Empowerment, So Why Don’t We Practice It?
Army leaders claim they practice mission command, but it’s a different story behind closed doors.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, then 20th Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command Task Force 214 commander, speaks at a memorialization ceremony in the Campisi Alert Facility at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, June 13, 2013.
Community
5 Epic Military Leadership Fails Of This Decade
The last six years have not been without their share of bad behavior and consequences.
Screenshot from the Army's online newsletter, "Flightfax," issue number 51.
Humor
There’s Some Bizarre Humor Hidden In The Army’s Aviation Safety Magazine
The Army's online newsletter for aircraft safety also offers readers random one-liners embedded in its pages.
Barrage balloons floated by the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion seen above Omaha Beach during the first days of the Normandy invasion, June 1944.
History
‘Forgotten’ Reveals The Untold Story Of D-Day’s Heroic African-American Soldiers
New book highlights the history of the mostly African-American 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion that landed on the beaches of Normandy.
U.S. Army Spc. Timothy Houston, a UH-60L Blackhawk crew chief assigned to the 282nd Aviation Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C., scans the flood ravaged streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sept. 11, 2005.
Community
4 Lessons The Military Learned In The Wake Of Hurricane Katrina
After Hurricane Katrina, the military learned several valuable lessons about disaster response. Here are four of them.
John Boyd during the Korean War.
Joining the Military
5 Times When Ignoring The Military’s Rules Paid Off In The Long Run
These military leaders knew that sometimes you have to break protocol to be successful.
Darth Vader and his storm troopers from Star Wars movie fame brought their grim visages by the NASA exhibit at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Entertainment
5 Things Star Wars Taught Us About Contemporary Warfare
The Star Wars series foreshadowed many issues that the U.S. military faces on the battlefield even today.
lewis and clark expedition
Community
How One Night Of Drinking Led To One Of History’s Greatest Command Teams
The Lewis and Clark expedition would never have happened if it wasn't for a drunken night of debauchery.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower addresses American paratroopers prior to D-Day.
Leadership
6 Smart Habits Of The US Military’s Most Successful Commanders
Great generals have life lessons for both soldiers and civilians.
Soldiers and airmen watch a PowerPoint presentation of military postal operations in Iraq during an Operation Iraqi Freedom theater mail conference April 26, 2005, at Al-Faw Palace, Camp Victory, Iraq.
Community
5 Ways Not To Bore Your Troops To Death With PowerPoint
While it’s painful enough to sit through PowerPoint briefings, making them is even worse.
William Slim
Community
10 Leadership Lessons from One Of Britain’s Greatest Soldiers
The general who commanded Britain's "Forgotten Army" in Burma was a kickass leader.
Dirt gets stirred up as U.S. Army Pfc. Erik Tyson, of 2nd Platoon, Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army Europe, fires an AT-4 anti-tank rocket during a live-fire exercise outside Combat Outpost Sangar in Zabul province, Afghanistan, July 1, 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Eric Cabral/Released)
Community
The Most Powerful Battlefield Innovations In History
Historically, most powerful battlefield innovations haven’t been gunpowder and gasoline, but rather, soup cans, needles, and lemon juice.