Thread. I was a CGSC student in 2009. This past week made me recall a media panel we had in Eisenhower Auditorium. 2 reporters from MSM, a reporter from Wired, and an international correspondent composed the panel (2M and 2W). Each panelist spoke. 1/
One spoke of being embedded with the Army in E. Afghanistan in 2002. The unit linked her crew up with a PA officer that everyone referred to as "Pap smear" ostensibly because of the O's last name and what everyone thought of him. 2/
That was the introduction an internationally respected reporter at a major news outlet had to our war effort. When she told the story, most of the 100s of MAJs in the auditorium laughed. It would get worse. 3/
During Q&A, a MAJ, speaking in Spanish, asked the Brazilian journalist out. Only a few knew what he said until she dunked on him -- and the school. 4/
Her response was basically, "First of all, I am Brazilian and although I happen to speak Spanish, I speak Portuguese. Second, this guy just asked me out. I am a serious journalist and only accepted this invitation because I thought this was a serious institution.” 5/
Have no idea who the MAJ was, but recall going back to my staff group embarrassed, while others (a majority I would say) thought it was funny. I heard there was an investigation but believe he continued in the course—we said it was ok. 6/
From 2012-14 I taught at CGSC. Once students get to know you they feel as if they can push boundaries. My staff group ended a brief with a slide showing a woman in a bikini. I went off for the 1st and only time. 7/
My mistake was that I didn't use it as a chance to talk about a cultural problem—I honestly didn't think about it probably because it never happened to me—and in the circles I ran in, we never talked about SA and SH. 8/
There was one woman officer in the class—many of the men used her as an excuse for poor behavior. "She doesn't care," they said. Oh yeah, I doubt that – it was 1 vs 15 and she had likely been subjected to worse. BTW, she was selected for O6 this year and is awesome! 9/
Fast forward to now. DMs from a current CGSC student. Trust me, every year students complain about the curriculum. In this case, the MAJ wonders why we are still teaching Tailhook in our Leadership modules and not addressing contemporary challenges. 10/
The student and his peers discussed mentorship of women and “Male Fear.” Another topic I did not understand until Squadron Command. My S1 was a woman and an exceptional officer. I was taken aback when I counseled her. 11/
She came in the office and first thing she asked was if I wanted the door left open. Asked in all the counseling she observed if I ever had the door opened and she said no. Guess what, we had a great counseling session with the door closed. 12/
At the end, she thanked me profusely. It has since dawned on my naïve ass why. She was used to being ‘othered.’ The opened-closed door was symbolic of her treatment. Good enough to do the work, but not fully trusted or effectively mentored because of some arbitrary “fear.” 13/
Anyone out there – probably us so-called “olds” – ever receive a counseling with various subjective measures such as “takes the shot,” “answers the mail,” and “audio matches video?” 14/
Right now, audio doesn’t match video – we’re saying all the right things, but some “leaders” are impediments to cultural change. There is an entire report that informs this statement. END/
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