Observing Kernan as he prepared Burnett's parachute regiment for battle in the Falkland Islands taught the future TV titan what it takes to lead a band of brothers and sisters -- whether armed with guns or cameras.
Gen. Kernan, who went on to be named Supreme Allied Commander in Europe in 2000, kept in touch with Burnett over the years. The commander, now retired, is suitably impressed with his one-time charge.
Says Burnett: "More than anyone, he taught me how to do more with less, how to deal with deadlines, how to be mission-focused. When you're in the Army, nobody wants to hear your complaints about how you can't make the mission work. It's the same in television."
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