Lt. Col. David Couvillon was tasked with governing the Wasit Province of Iraq, and the learning curve was steep.
8 Things I Learned as an American Ruling an Iraqi Province

#8. The Job of “Governor” Comes With Precisely Zero Training
"We mobilized in February of 2003 and [were] assigned to Task Force Tarawa. I organized our rolling stock into a convoy to a place called Al-Kut. I got off the first airplane and went looking for General Natonski. He said, ‘Col. Couvillon, I’m glad you’re here.’ I knew something was wrong because he pronounced my name right. ‘You’re the governor now.’"
…So I asked, ‘What does that mean?’
“‘You’re the governor; anything that happens is your responsibility.’”
“‘I get that, but what do I do?’
“‘Anything that happens, you’re responsible for.’ That was the extent of my training.”

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Lt. Col. David Couvillon was tasked with governing the Wasit Province of Iraq, and the learning curve was steep.

8 Things I Learned as an American Ruling an Iraqi Province

#8. The Job of “Governor” Comes With Precisely Zero Training

"We mobilized in February of 2003 and [were] assigned to Task Force Tarawa. I organized our rolling stock into a convoy to a place called Al-Kut. I got off the first airplane and went looking for General Natonski. He said, ‘Col. Couvillon, I’m glad you’re here.’ I knew something was wrong because he pronounced my name right. ‘You’re the governor now.’"

…So I asked, ‘What does that mean?’

“‘You’re the governor; anything that happens is your responsibility.’”

“‘I get that, but what do I do?’

“‘Anything that happens, you’re responsible for.’ That was the extent of my training.”

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