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Default Air Force Logo Leadership, risk, the birth of aviation
I recently devoured a fascinating book titled, "Profiles in Audacity: Great Decisions and How They Were Made," by Alan Axelrod. It contains inspiring accounts of how great leaders made a momentous impact in history. Some people often take for granted the personal and professional risk taken by many visionary leaders as if their successes were
0 9/13
2011
Default Air Force Logo Tobacco + Teeth = ?
It's that time of year again; your annual dental exam is approaching. You immediately know that the dentist will ask "Are you flossing?" Or, "I see you are still using tobacco; are you interested in quitting?" The reason dentists ask those questions is because we care about you, the patient. Kicking tobacco is no easy feat (pun intended). Nicotine
0 9/09
2011
Default Air Force Logo Frequently asked…
Two frequently asked questions I get are, 'Do you ever tire from hearing people complain and what is the most common complaint?" My response to the first question is "Absolutely not!" I thoroughly enjoy having the opportunity and ability to assist. Of course I don't enjoy that people are in distress, but what I do enjoy is having the opportunity to
0 8/05
2011
Default Air Force Logo Real lessons of leadership
From the day I entered active-duty I was submitted to a series of classes aimed at making me a maintenance officer, which is where I started an education in 'real life leadership.' However, those opportunities are pale in comparison to what I learned from the Airmen. I had just gotten home and my wife mentioned that her friend, also a maintainer's
0 7/27
2011
Default Air Force Logo Followership: Supervisors must ‘Be the Light’
Followership is a critical competency in a young force, and I recently witnessed a pretty cool analogy as to what helps the follower "make it" in today's Air Force and move on to leadership.The idea came to me while I was watching a documentary about sea turtles. As commander of the squadron with the largest number of first term Airmen on base,
0 7/27
2011
Default Air Force Logo Your access has been denied
Servicemembers are required to adhere to higher standards than those in the local civilian communities due to the importance of the mission and the responsibility for the safety and security of our country.Everyone who has served in the U.S. Air Force has received briefings on how their personal conduct, in or out of uniform, must be above reproach
0 7/22
2011
Default Air Force Logo Your access has been denied
Servicemembers are required to adhere to higher standards than those in the local civilian communities due to the importance of the mission and the responsibility for the safety and security of our country.Everyone who has served in the U.S. Air Force has received briefings on how their personal conduct, in or out of uniform, must be above reproach
0 7/21
2011
Default Air Force Logo Critical communication
While sitting talking to some of our future enlisted leaders at a recent Airman Leadership School event I realized that there are some real communication differences between the older generation Airman like myself and the younger generation. As I mentally compared ALS to the old NCO Preparatory Course I took long ago (yes I'm that old) I realized
0 7/13
2011
Default Air Force Logo Are you prepared?
As a young person coming into the military in 1986, I can recall plenty of times when a few guys and girls from the jet engine shop would make last minute plans to go out on the town of Madrid, Spain, or even a last minute journey through the mountains. It was typically spontaneous with little to no preparation. In this instance, Brett, Doug and I
0 7/13
2011
Default Air Force Logo Bombs on target
The 509th Bomb Wing and the B-2 have never had a problem with putting bombs on target in combat. I have been fortunate enough to be part of our war fighting team during the "Shock and Awe" campaign for Operation Iraq Freedom in March 2003 and during our most recent efforts for Operation Odyssey Dawn in March 2011. There are a lot of moving parts
0 6/23
2011
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