Perry’s Blog

Thoughts and notes from Perry Smith

Teaching at the Hull College of Business And At Fort Gordon

Two months ago, I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker at a course on strategic management at the Summerville Campus of Augusta University. The class consisted of 24 scholars (at the James M. Hull College of Business), most of whom were about to graduate. I arrived early and got a chance to visit with a few of the early arrivals. I was especially interested in how they charted their...

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Doug Barnard’s Arc of Accomplishments

The Augusta Chronicle and the funeral service for Doug Barnard have highlighted, so very well, many aspects of Congressionman Doug Barnard’s remarkable life: his military service in World War II, his successful banking career, his service as executive secretary to Governor Carl Sanders, his highly influential sixteen years as a Member of the United States Congress, his service on thirteen...

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PBS Series on Vietnam War Impressive, Yet Saddening and Incomplete

Is it possible to watch a television series and to be very impressed while being profoundly disappointed? The answer is yes. The Vietnam War, a ten-episode production on PBS, fits this description quite well. This conclusion leads to the next question—should I spend eighteen hours of my valuable time watching this special? My answer is no. If you wish to learn about the Vietnam War and...

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Intercollegiate Sports: Then and Now

The game was a very tight one. Two nationally ranked teams were playing. The score was 4 to 4 with 12 seconds to go in the game. Everyone was anticipating an overtime period. The game was college lacrosse. The date was April, 1956. The location was New Haven, Connecticut and the teams were Yale and West Point. The Yale team was moving the ball towards the Army goal when Army defenseman Ben...

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The Challenges Of A Fighter Pilot—Story Number One

The 555th (Triple Nickel) Fighter Squadron just deployed from its home base in Aviano, Italy to a base in Afghanistan. The pilots will be flying their F-16s on a six-month combat deployment. A full package of maintenance and support personnel will also deploy from Aviano. The squadron commander has asked me to send him lots of flying stories that he will share with those in his unit. I thought...

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Two Flying Stories—Dealing With Emergencies

One of the great challenges of flying fighter aircraft is having responsibility for everyone in your flight. Much of my flying was in formations of two, three or four aircraft. If I was the flight leader and any of the aircraft had an emergency, I had the responsibility to assist. The following is an example. Flying in an air-to-ground exercise over North Carolina, there were three F-100s in my...

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