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Amy Fraher
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Amy Fraher

Amy L. Fraher is a retired Navy Commander and Aviator,Director of the International Team Training Center at San Diego Miramar College. Her book Thinking Through Crises comes out Spring 2011

The reformer: Adm. Mike Mullen

Question:Considering all spheres of endeavor, who would you nominate as Leader of the Year in 2010? Why?

I nominate Adm. Mike Mullen, the 17th chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, as 2010 Leader of the Year for his influential leadership during the debate and repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy. Although a career military man steeped in Armed Forces' tradition and protocol, Admiral Mullen nonetheless exemplifies the innovation, resourcefulness and reflective action required in today's challenging times. Testifying to Congress about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the Admiral persuasively summed up the issue: "For me it comes down to integrity." The balance, thoughtfulness and integrity he displayed are traits we need more of in our society right now.

By Amy Fraher

 |  December 20, 2010; 4:13 PM ET
Category:  Accomplishing Goals , Military Leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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i vote for admiral mike mullen because he was extremely instrumental in getting through congress in its final days two very important pieces of legislation--repeal of 'don't ask don't tell' and START.
can't do much better than that.

Posted by: brigidquinn | December 24, 2010 2:51 PM
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Amy, I would agree that Adm Mullen deserves consideration for his support of the repeal...DADT was a law that required officers to suppress the speech of other fellow citizens. But, I would add his plea to his fellow officers to refrain from demanding appropriations for unnecessary weapons or platforms - To understand that financial profligacy will deliver our nation and heirs over to a foreign power more quickly that war and to say so to those peers who would rather pillage than diet, is a rare bit of character.

Now, if he could get his admiral friends to have SecNav restore the historic Jack of the Union to the bows of the Navy ships...well, I guess miracles are too much to demand.

Posted by: BillKeller | December 23, 2010 7:57 PM
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My nephew is an astronaut. I asked him about Pampers, he said I wear undies now. I told him you still need Huggies buddy. He's saving money for space camp to follow in steps of former astronauts. He has a long way to go up. He said that library is mission control center. He's planning a Tang stand and wants a Mustang GT some day. Buy Tang. It takes two to Tango.

Posted by: jobandon | December 21, 2010 9:58 AM
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As Chris Carter would say, "C'mon man!" In this case ComMANder. Mullen moved that direction immediately after Gates tossed that dead fish on the table. This was one of those holdouts for lame duck they bet on.

Canary Mullen just chirp when someone rattled his cage.

Posted by: educ8er | December 21, 2010 7:40 AM
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