- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The Army on Monday fired Col. Frank Zachar as commander of the 172nd Infantry Brigade, which is based in Grafenwohr, Germany. No hanky-panky alleged — they are just saying he was a lousy commander. As if that were grounds for relief! Next thing you know, we’ll see generals held accountable. Zachar looked destined for stars — an Airborne Ranger who had been both to SAMS and the Army War College, and who posted Foreign Policy as one of his favorite links.
The command sergeant major also got the heave-ho.
Meanwhile, Tim Kane looks at why so many good officers, like my boss, are leaving the military voluntarily. Kane proposes more of a market orientation for handling jobs in the military. I like this idea, but wonder what it would do to the “suck it up” mentality that is the foundation of Army culture.