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
Overpaid, Oversexed And Over The Military: A Review Of ‘War Virgin’
A review of Laura Westley’s “War Virgin: My Journey Of Repression, Temptation And Liberation.”
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
6 Smart Habits Of The US Military’s Most Successful Commanders
Great generals have life lessons for both soldiers and civilians.
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.
10 Leadership Lessons from One Of Britain’s Greatest Soldiers
The general who commanded Britain's "Forgotten Army" in Burma was a kickass leader.
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.