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July 22, 2018

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June 30, 2018
General Short was my commander while I was working with the 4450th and again at HQ USAFE and at Aviano during the Serbian Air war. He was the greatest leader I have ever known, and I owe him so very much. Before I left Ramstein I told him something I have never told any leader before...I told him I would fight down to my knife to defend him and his son. I know it might have sounded corny, but the General looked me in the eye and said thank you. Then he smiled and said "Sgt V...can you believe they gave me three of these"....I told him he should have four. God Bless you General Short.
May 17, 2018
Greatest Commander, Strongest Leader. I had a positive impact on Many lives because This Man taught me SO much SO well.
November 30, 2017
November 30, 2017
Gen Short was my squadron commander in the famed 334th TFS Eagle Squadron. I often flew on the then Lt Col's wing serving as his deputy flight lead which required his trust meeting his high standards of flight discipline and leadership. I always prayed I lived up to his standards and did not meet his wrath or disappointment. As an Academy graduate I was also proud of my fellow grad and aspired to achieve like him but alas many of us are not born with his rare breed of leadership. I had the privilege of welcoming Gen Short to speak to my Air War College class and asking him the first question. To my great pleasure, he never mixed words cutting to the issue and its solution. Read his many interviews and you'll understand. I am also sure he was surprised to see me at War College but I know he was proud as he referred to me as only my closest friends do - Danny. I will miss your words as they were always on target and well understood. Rolling a nickel on the grass in your remembrance, sir. Hopefully I speak for the departed Spanky, One-Y, Beak and others. It was our honor.

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