Forest Fire Directorate: Command Based on Intention

On December 9, 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel
Chris "Otis" Raible, Commander
Officer of the VMA 211 (Avengers) maritime strike squadron, issued his
commander's direction for squadron attack pilots.
Lieutenant-Colonel Raible was killed in action on September 14, 2012, but his
leadership legacy
lives to influence the world that he has left behind. Several fire chiefs
shared this statement of intent with us, now we share it with our audience.
May his influence provide
the chiefs of forest fires with an example of clear intention of the chief.

From: Commander, Marine Attack Squadron 211

To: Squadron Attack Pilots

Subject: Commander's guide for squadron attack pilots

1. Professional hunger.

My goal is to identify the officers who want to be
Professional attack drivers and dedicate the resources needed to build them
in flight leaders and instructors that are necessary for the long run
the health of our community. This is not a socialist organization. We will not do all
be equal in terms of qualifications and flight hours. Some will advance faster than
others, and since it is not a union, your rate of advancement will be
nothing to do with seniority. Your rate of advancement will be rather determined
by your hunger, your professionalism, your work ethic and your performance.

If flying and supporting Marines is your passion and
your profession, you are in the right squadron.

If these things are just considered your job, please
understand that I must invest for the future in others. Your time in a gun
squadron could be limited, so it's up to you to make the most of the
the opportunities that are presented.

2. professional objective.

Our approach to aviation is based on the absolute
requirement to be "brilliant in the basics."

In recent years, Marine TACAIR has not been involved.
tactical almost as often as the administrator. Good understanding of NATOPS and aircraft
systems, and SOP is therefore just as important as your understanding of
ANTTP and TOPGUN. With this in mind, make sure the administrative portions of your plan
are solid before moving to planning objective areas. Once you start tactical
planning, remember that keeping things "simple and easy to execute" will be
are usually your safest way to success. If the plan is not sure, it's not
tactically correct.

3. attitude.

I firmly believe in the phrase "hire for attitude, train for

Work Ethics, willingness to accept constructive criticism,
and a professional approach to planning, briefing and debriefing will help you
90% of the way to any qualification or certification you pursue. the
the remaining 10% is composed of judgment and flight performance, which
often come after the first 90%. Seek to learn from your own mistakes
and the mistakes of others. Just like a championship football team takes stock of its
game movie, let's analyze our tapes and perform a deep flight
debriefing. It has often been said that the success of an exit is directly
proportional to the caliber of the plan and the brief. The flip side
is that the amount of learning that takes place as a result of an exit is
directly proportional to the size of the debriefing.

4. Moral courage.

Talk if something seems wrong or dangerous.

We all know what standards are supposed to be in Naval
Aviation and in the body. Apply them! When we fail to apply the existing
standards, we establish and apply a new, less stringent standard.

5. Dedication.

If you study an average of one hour per working day, six months from
now you will be brilliant. That's all there is to it; an hour a day. As you start
notice the difference between you and those who are unable to find 60
minutes, I want you to know that I will have already taken note.

Then I want you to ask yourself this question: "How good is it?
could I be if I really gave it all?

6. When everything disappears, attack pilots have a mission:
provide offensive air support to the Marines.

The Harrier community needs professional attack pilots who
can answer this call.

It does not require you to give up your family. It's not
require you to work 16 hours a day, six days a week. It only requires a few
simple commitments to answer this call: be effective with your work time
that you can study one hour a day; be fully prepared for your outings and get
the maximum possible learning of each report; have thick skin and be
willing to accept constructive criticism; find a weekend a month to continue
cross country. When you are given the opportunity to move forward, for those few
days go to the carpet and give your all, 100%, to the detriment of all others
thing in your life.

To quote Roger Staubach, "there is no traffic jam on the road
extra mile. "

If you can be effective during the work week, give a
Olympian effort for control towers and certifications, and are a team player, the
the sky will literally be the limit for you in this squadron.



  • Read "Order Based on Intention" on page 15 of Leader in the forest fire department.
  • Re-read Lieutenant-Colonel Raible's memorandum and adapt his message so that it is compatible with the forest fire department.
  • Consider providing your subscribers with a written statement expressing your intent.


We first published this post on the 5/2/14