The doctoral process has been an exciting, albeit challenging, experience. I have enjoyedthe tremendous support of a fantastic cadre of professors along the way. My committeemembers have been incredibly supportive; Dr. Curtis Friedel is the consummate scholar and agood friend. He served as my major professor, and also co-authored the framework that wasused in this study. Dr. Friedel is a true professional, and always found the time to provide inputeffectively and in a useful manner. Dr. Krisanna Machtmes has been a remarkable and willingparticipant in providing assistance that helped me understand the intricacies of qualitativeresearch. Dr. Michael Burnett, a wise and effective leader, truly enabled my participation in thisprogram. I greatly appreciate the efforts of all three of these dedicated professors.A very special acknowledgement needs to go to the three professors of the LSU MALAin Military History program that is offered at Fort Polk, LA. Dr. Stanley Hilton, who served asthe program director, without him, that phenomenal program, which has high notoriety amongstmany Army officers, would never have existed. Dr. Hilton also served on my doctoralcommittee, and personifies that type of professor I would emulate. The other two members of the Fort Polk program are Dr. Karl Roider and Dr. William Clark. Dr. Roider is a professor thehighest caliber, and I have always thoroughly enjoyed our many conversations. Dr. Clark alwaysprovided an interesting and enjoyable learning environment.Finally, I would like to thank my wife Donna, and our children: Aaron, Robert, Jordan,and Michael. Our children always brighten my day, and provide me all the motivation in theworld to continue to strive and achieve my goals. I always want to provide a worthy example forthem. My wife, Donna, is my partner in life and my best friend. She is the most amazing personI have ever met, and I am always humbled by her love and commitment to our family and me.