Warriors, Inc. and its Cadre
The wire diagram designates my position as S-1/3/4. This designation refers to the staff officer responsible for three areas: Human Resources and Administration; Planning, Training, and Operations; and Logistics. In practical terms, my current duties with Warriors, Inc. include staff planning, personnel readiness and management, preparing training guidance for the CO's approval, identifying training requirements, compiling training records and reports, organizing and equipping units, integration of supply and transportation, administration, bookkeeping, publicity, and creating and maintaining this website. On occasion, as the project warrants, I also act as a unit commander.
I took an unusual and twisted path to arrive at this position. After a convoluted series of employment and educational posts, I ended up with a Ph.D. in Theatrical Hoplology, a field which combines anthropology, sociology, economics, and more to the study of military history and performance. At the time, I worked as a teacher, director, and choreographer of stage combat, specializing in the creation of historical fights. My knowledge of armor, weapons, and fighting styles throughout the ages allowed me to bring history to life in a dynamic and exciting way.
This unique background caught the attention of Gregg Goldstone, 1st Assistant Director of Starship Troopers, who placed me in its core group of Mobile Infantry. As such, I participated in Captain Dye's first co-ed extended boot camp in Hell's Half Acre, Wyoming. Before the end of the production, I had been promoted to Staff Sergeant and commanded my own platoon. This led to a gig on Rough Riders and then the more esoteric of our projects, including Terminator 2:3D and Star Trek: The Adventure, along with the Medal of Honor series for Electronic Arts. Over time, I moved into some of the larger film productions such as Wag the Dog.
In the mean time, I kept my hand in historical fights and weaponry through the Los Angeles Fight Academy, and as Executive Director of the Society of American Fight Directors. All of this came together for Alexander with Oliver Stone. My background with historical conflict and bladed weapons made me the natural choice to train Colin Farrell prior to the unit training in Morocco. Freddie Joe Farnsworth and I worked with Colin for six weeks prior to the shoot, Freddie Joe teaching horsemanship and me teaching weapons. I also commanded the Persians and Ethiopians in our 21-day 24/7 training in the desert of Morocco. I continued as cadre and weapons master throughout the shoot in Morocco and Thailand.
Most recently, I served as Adjutant on the maxi-series The Pacific for HBO in Australia. While acting as administrator for the Military Department is about as easy as herding cats, I managed to make it through and keep the department running as smoothly as possible. And I managed to train some Women Marines as well.
I'm currently heading up the Task Force for publishing: Warriors Publishing Group.
It's quite an eye-opener to hear a Marine in full Drill Instructor Voice say, "Don't get all forklempt over the size of the buttons on someone's fly that won't be seen on camera
we got too much to do to worry about stuff no one will notice. You wanna worry about that, go make documentaries or write reference books. We are storytellers, people! You gotta make it emotionally true, and that's our trade! And you'd better be certain that everything the audience does see will be accurate to the sixth decimal place, 'cause without that, we'll get cognitive dissonance. And I will not have any cognitive disconnect in my unit; have I made myself clear?"
When you hear words like these echo through the canyons, let me give you some advice. Grab your straight jacket, or marry the guy. You'll note the choice I made by my new last name, but I keep the straight jacket handy. I like to keep my options open.
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