Sergeant Major’s Heroism, Quick Thinking, Saves Entire Platoon From Certain Death Jay May 24, 2012 Army 36 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AFGHANISTAN – Many leaders struggle to make a real impact on soldiers’ lives, but Command Sergeant Major Richard Widmark doesn’t have that problem. Widmark, assigned to 325th BSTB at Bagram Air Field, saved a platoon from certain death today after spotting a six-vehicle convoy returning from a security patrol. He immediately noticed one of the Soldiers was clearing a weapon while wearing neither his protective eye wear or Army Combat Helmet (ACH). Even worse, the Soldier had the “eye-pro” perched on top of his head. Springing into action, CSM Widmark screamed, “You! Hey you! Who is your Squad Leader? Who is your Platoon Leader?” Upon identifying the Soldier’s chain of command, Widmark then launched into an impromptu 25-minute briefing on how “laxadasical” approaches to standards were causing Soldiers to die “outside the wire.” “Attention to detail is what keeps our Soldiers alive, gentlemens [sic]. Make no mistakes,” said CSM Widmark, during the life-saving ordeal. He went on to explain that if the leadership allows one standard to slip, then they are liable to allow all standards to slip. Such a slippery slope could lead to the deaths of an entire platoon — as he put it, “in one frail swoop.” The platoon leader was grateful for the Sergeant Major’s bravery. “I don’t know, we just came in after a 16-hour patrol, the boys were ready to just get out of the vehicles and stretch their legs,” said 1LT Jimmy Pendergast, “Then this Sergeant Major, wearing a FOB bra [shoulder holster] and reflective belt comes over and starts chewing on my medic’s ass. I go over and [SPC Kaden] Hester is at parade rest and this guy is screaming for me and his squad leader [SSG Al Chang]. So me and Chang and [Platoon Sergeant SFC Victor] Barlow stand there and listen to him sputter and fume for like 30 minutes.” 1LT Pendergast went on to describe the “correction” as “laced with fallacies” and “as unintelligible as an address book that’s gone through a shredder.” “His grammar, diction and pronunciation were horrible. I think he made some words up,” said SSG Al Chang. “I may use them in the future for comedic effect.” Among the flurry of mispronunciations and newly coined words were such terms as “ascadent,” “negligible discharge,” “moosetaches,” “eye pertection,” and the aforementioned “laxadaisical.” CSM Widmark closed the life saving counseling with a plea. “You boys is doing great work here in Iraq [sic], outside the wire. It hurts me every time I hear about you boys getting blowed up by those impoverished explosive devices.” He was later seen correcting Soldiers in other high threat situations, including a group that had their hands in their pockets, and some others who had their sleeves rolled incorrectly. His paperwork is currently being reviewed for the Bronze Star and is working its way up the chain of command. David May says: April 16, 2014 at 3:09 AM I belive this is the same CSM who almost killed a soldier, while using his knife-hands. Afghan A Bannanastand says: April 16, 2014 at 3:09 AM I have it on very good authority that the PT belt was actually invented to give SGMs something to do. If you think about it, it’s the only way the whole thing makes any sense. Cory Fitchett says: January 25, 2014 at 9:43 PM IS this guy serious? he must be a havard grad too. Him and BHO must have hung out together. Paul Bennett says: January 25, 2014 at 9:43 PM Sounds like a Progressive Liberal CSM! James Stevens says: January 25, 2014 at 9:43 PM Hate to be party pooper but that is Sgt. Maj. John Sixta character from Generation Kill. Having said that, I suspect this guy’s character was drawn from “real life”. Michael Campbell says: January 25, 2014 at 9:43 PM I have the same patch as the guy in the photo. Troy R. Stull says: January 25, 2014 at 9:43 PM And the CSM was immediately award his fourth BSM. Jerry Stauffer says: January 25, 2014 at 9:43 PM Part of me believes this has happened thousands, if not millions of times. Change the setting to a factory and I have witnessed this myself-twice last week. That man will be Generalissimo of the Unesco Statutes someday. Sean Quigley says: January 25, 2014 at 9:43 PM Now that’s one Sargent Major that takes the high ground when it comes to saftey John Kevin says: January 25, 2014 at 9:43 PM lackadaisical is actually a real word…. Torsades de Pointes says: January 25, 2014 at 9:43 PM The longer I serve the more I realize what little need there is for the rank of SM or CSM. Cut it off at 1SG and we are good to go. Andrew Auten says: January 25, 2014 at 9:43 PM Let the real soldiers do their Job.. Ed Kenny says: January 25, 2014 at 9:43 PM I remember a certain MSgt Comm Chief chewing our asses about our “laxey-daisy attitudes”. For the record, it was not the same SNCO that told a Marine he failed a PFT because his chin wasn’t “paralyzed to the bar”. Nick Collins says: January 25, 2014 at 9:43 PM Bwa ha ha…. David Bezerra Jr says: January 25, 2014 at 9:42 PM God save the CSM! Jonn Lilyea says: January 25, 2014 at 9:42 PM I could tell you stories. Ryan Gore says: January 25, 2014 at 9:42 PM Reminds me of the time I was out in the field working in the aid station and was asked, “What would you do if a decapatory patient walked in.” The only reply I could think of was “Run as fast as I can”. Jacob Johnson says: January 25, 2014 at 9:42 PM Everyday heroes. Lou Windsor says: January 25, 2014 at 9:42 PM FOB Bra. Comedy Gold. Mike White Rice says: January 25, 2014 at 9:42 PM HAHA! And that is exactly why I hated making a pit stop on that base. Zach Hazen says: January 25, 2014 at 9:42 PM Id rather take a walk down HWY 1 then walk down disney drive.. Robby Potter says: January 25, 2014 at 9:42 PM I do believe I have met this CSM with a different name tape on. Anyone else have that feeling? Adam Broussard says: January 25, 2014 at 9:42 PM Pretty sure this happened. Dan Widge says: January 25, 2014 at 9:42 PM I suspect the Army sends all SGMs through a course that has their brains removed….true story of one in Iraq who jumped on a convoy to go out and give an article 15 to a solider who had a negligble discharge. The SGM decided that he’d man the .50 cal…and proceeded to charge it, hit the trigger and send a round through the guard tower. He did this 2 more times. He is a true retard. Jim Easter says: January 25, 2014 at 9:42 PM I thought I read Afghanistan, Then the CSM said Iraq. I guess one shithole looks like the next Martin Wakefield says: January 25, 2014 at 9:42 PM No shit there I was, at the FOB Chowhall surrounded by CSMs with my boots unbloused. Doug Kibbey says: January 25, 2014 at 9:42 PM “Impoverished Explosive Devices” have taken more lives than you can shake a shtick at. So quieten down and pays attinshon! A person says: November 9, 2012 at 2:18 PM So they made my high school gym teacher a CSM? Mark says: October 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM We could have used CSM Widmark in Haiti when many members of a unit which will remain nameless got into the habit of shooting the sandbag clearing areas. Simple clearing procedures!! It got so bad, the BG started issuing Article 15s. CSM widmark could have saved many careers down there. janus says: August 1, 2012 at 1:42 AM ouch.. that hit a little TOO close to home… Michelle Lotz-lynch says: July 23, 2012 at 10:41 AM Bwaaahhh…richard widmark!…I can’t tell you how much this hits the truth…you guys are hi fucking larious!