COMM 373 Communicating Leadership week three reflection: Honoring Maj. Gen. David C. Meade

Being a 10th Mountain Divarty warrior in the classroom from the Haiti/Somalia Era takes guts. Dealing with service-connected traumatic brain injury, blast wave trauma and complex post-traumatic stress disorder makes for great difficulty.

Nonetheless, like every mission, we rise to the occasion, climb to glory and achieve honors. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater communications department offered an outlet this week for remembering our post commanding general from the ’95-’97 regime.

For the week of April 3-10, we were tasked with the following questions:

  1. Power can be defined as “the ability to influence others.” In your opinion, does influencing others automatically quality someone as a leader? Why or why not?
  2. Describe a situation or experience in which you experienced power or influence by a person in a leadership position. What did this look like? What strategies were used by the leader to influence, and how effective were these strategies? Has there been a time (such as a job or situation) in which you felt the most, or the least, empowered by a leader?

The Outpost 422 Centaur Five Delta Command Driver Response:

Influencing others includes peer pressure. In my opinion, tyranny is a form of influence that qualifies as an act of cowardice.

Peer pressure influences others to take on life risking behavior and is unethical. Gaslighting someone into submission is never viewed as an appropriate end. Aristotle would expect all humans be the ends and never the means.

Peer pressure is a means only social contract. I disagree that influence automatically qualifies someone as a leader.

Maj. Gen. David C. Meade Reflection

When I served with the 10th Mountain Division, I drove a battalion executive officer who taught human factors engineering at West Point.

He introduced me to our post commanding general who had the ultimate power to ruin careers.

Maj. Gen. Meade stood 6’4, who wore his West Point Chief of Staff emblem on his dress uniform with pride.

We 10th Mountain boast our elite status as the Pentagon’s Light Fighters. We are the first to deploy.

His appearance intimidated people and had the power to end a happy day in the motor pool by showing up unannounced.

The strategies used by the leader were an authoritative style requiring all who stood before him to snap to the position of attention before he would say, “as you were,” which translates to “rest in attention.”

The strategies in the military use rank for representing a person’s stature in the military community. You did not dare act inappropriately in front of a two-star general.

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Division runs were no less than 12 miles and we always rose to the occasion to outshine all other battalions by running our artillery combat guidons around the entire divarty formations. Maj. Gen. David C. Meade was an artillery commander and we represented him.


In the military, your chain of command is your line of sight. The effectiveness of military rank strategy only applies when you serve in the military.

Off base behavior could constitute punishment, especially if you did not acknowledge a senior ranking officer in public.

The strategies in the military between officer and enlisted are rudimentary dating back to General Washington’s Army.

Still to this day, I show respect for those who are in authority because I respect their position of authority.

For example, I refer to my professors by their courtesy title and never by their first name. This would be the unbecoming of a soldier.

I want my professors to understand they are extremely valuable to me. The strategies taught in the military instilled virtue with my approach to those who are empowered.

My noncommissioned officers on the other hand made me feel least empowered. The enlisted stayed after each day while they went home to their families.

I felt least empowered because the leader is always the last to go home.

That’s why I stayed an E-4 until I got out of the military. I never wanted to be their example.

For Immediate Release: Outpost 422 launches a University of Wisconsin and statewide call to action seeking support for the University of Wisconsin Missing-in-action Recovery and Identification Project

Wisconsin Senate Bill 602 Rejected

Outpost 422 Response

*Press Release

 Outpost 422

 For Immediate Release

 Contact: Bradley Burt,, (608) 852-1983

Outpost 422 launches a University of Wisconsin and statewide call to action seeking support for the University of Wisconsin Missing-in-action Recovery and Identification Project.

 Outpost 422 seeks contributors for the “I Will Not Forget” campaign utilizing corporate social responsibility canvassing for covering the rejected $360,000 allocation of funds from Wisconsin Senate Bill 602 during the 2021-2023 session. On March 15, 2022, the bill was rejected based upon the failure to meet Joint Resolution 1. The bill was introduced by Wisconsin Air National Guard Iraq Veteran Sen. Roger Roth (R-WI).

Whitewater, Wis.—Outpost 422 works with students of Team 5 of the COMM 242 Team Building course at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater host a POW MIA cornhole tournament in response to the rejection of Senate Bill 602. The group’s call to action seeks those who attend donate to the UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project through a flow code campaign.

The brand’s campaign, “I Will Not Forget,” recognizes and adopts the mission statement of Rolling Thunder by publicizing the POW MIA issue and turning the issue into a social responsibility campaign. Outpost 422 Chief Executive Officer Bradley Burt doubles as a reporter for the event for his Capstone 486 final project. Burt’s brand works with nonprofits developing social media canvass campaigns, who is also a member of Team 5.

The group’s final class project hosts a “bags” tournament at The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater sand volleyball courts Saturday April 9 from 2-4:30 p.m. The group’s tabling event is a call to action sponsored by Outpost 422. Outpost 422 is a corporate social responsibility campaign organizer and public affairs investigative journalism reporting source trained through the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Investigative Journalism’s Watchdog 101 course.

Senate Bill 602 sought an allocation of $360,000 from the state of Wisconsin for the University of Wisconsin Missing-in-action Recovery and Identification Project, who deploys to Belgium in June for a forensics POW MIA search and rescue mission. The project sits underfunded and needs the state of Wisconsin and its corporate citizens’ donations to cover the cost.

Outpost 422 will continue to canvass across social media raising funds and awareness, which includes publishing a documentary about POW MIA advocacy in Wisconsin for the CEO’s final class project for Capstone 486 at UW Whitewater. Outpost 422 launched a “70 Years Not Forgotten” campaign through the Royal Purple in September seeking readers and contributors for a strategic planning team locating crash site documents where the campaign originally launched.



University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students’ ‘bags’ tournament honors 70th year anniversary of Volk’s disappearance April 9

Students of the Communication and Team Building 242 course bring Wisconsin together in Whitewater April 9 with an honorary cornhole tournament.

Come join Team 5 from Dr. Katherine Miller’s Communication Team Building 242 class by honoring Wisconsin POW MIA on Memorial Day.

The tournament honors Wisconsin POW MIA, who adopted Rolling Thunder Chapter 5, WI, while extending the invitation to student veterans and the community to come together for fun and friendly interaction.

All proceeds from donations help the University of Wisconsin Missing-in-action Recovery and Identification Project collect money for their next trip to Belgium.

The group honors First Lieutenant Jerome A. Volk through team member’s outpost outreach “I Will Not Forget” campaign, which supports Rolling Thunder’s mission statement for publishing awareness about POW MIA.

The group seeks opportunities for student veterans on campus to connect with the community in honor of their service. The goal for the tournament hopes all who feel unwelcome come forward and connect.

The tournament hosts an additional tabling event for cohesion and conversation about the contributions of Volk.

Volk went missing on Nov. 7, 1951. The group hopes all who attend will remember him on Memorial Day.