This statement directly addresses the dichotomy between the role of the warfighters (the guys with guns on the ground-GWGOG) and the FAOs. Using Iraq as an example, we had the capability to surge our GWGOGs to much success. However, the roles of FAOs, specifically the successful role of FAOs as advisers to the GWGOGs requires that each FAO has put in the requisite time within that country/region, that each FAO has forged the relationships needed to be effective.
And it is in this respect that RADM Lemmons statement must truly become the mantra for FAOs worldwide. In whatever position each FAO finds themselves in (whether stateside or overseas) they must seek ways to build that trust and cooperation within their ROI (region of influence) throughout their career.
(In future postings I will discuss the nature of trust and cooperation and what is required to create them)