1 October 2012Re: Recommendation for former Gunnery Sgt. Josh Brown, USMCMr. James Hoagland8460 Shelbyville Rd.Simpsonville, KY 40067Good Morning, Sir:I am happy to provide this recommendation for former Gunnery Sgt. JoshBrown, USMC, and I do so
This is a candidate that I know very well, having trained him and was hisProfessor in Homeland Security at American Military University.The capsule of my background is that I am a former Marine Mustang(enlisted man who became an officer), combat veteran, 25+ years performing classified work "in the shadows” for US military specialoperations units, and 12 years as a professor of Homeland Security, havingtaught more than 7000 students. I also possess a JD, an Ed.D., and a Ph.D.I seldom write recommendations. At best, only the top5% that requests arecommendation get one from me. My recommendations represent myreputation. I guard that.Specifically, I carefully read the job description and requirements thatGunnery Sgt. Brown provided me as to the position for which he isapplying, and compared them to his qualificationsIt’s a very close match.Here's why: Gunnery Sgt. Brown is the type of individual who can takeorders and he can give orders. He can secure an area (human and nonhumanassets), validate conditions, communicate rapidly and concisely,immediately mobilize resources to accomplish one or more specific tasks,and continually perform detailed work without error.In a nutshell, he is somebody you can trust. He is rock-solid stable. He is aman you want in charge. Undoubtedly, I would expect that he will be able tofind ways to improve the safety, security, and transportation functionsrequired, and do so without being asked, because he is manifestlyconscientious.Here is what I also look at, in someone requesting a recommendation fromme – the three P’s.” Production, professionalism, and personality. If theapplicant doesn't have all of them in abundance, his application gets tossed.Don’t toss Gunnery Sgt. Brown's application.