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  • Focusing, Inspiring, Motivating and Developing Airmen

    We all know the importance of feedback. Feedback facilitates a meaningful and purposeful dialogue between supervisors and the Airmen they lead. Feedback forces supervisors to get to know their subordinates by asking deeper questions about finances, relationships and other things that can impact an Airman's career.In this week's commentary I want to
  • Leadership: dreaming, learning, becoming more

    In the words of President John Quincy Adams, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." Adams explained the essence of leadership in fewer than 20 words by stating that a leader is one who motivates others to be more than they thought they could be. What Adams meant by dreaming did not
  • Days of Remembrance 2014: A time to remember

    The U.S. Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation's annual commemoration of the Holocaust. This year's theme is "Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses." Days of Remembrance is from April 27 to May 4."The 2014 Days of Remembrance provide an opportunity to reflect on the relevance of two important events in Holocaust
  • Integrity is forever

    It takes courage to do the right thing, no matter the consequences.It takes years to build a reputation as a person of integrity, but it only takes a second to lose that hard-earned reputation.Do you jeopardize your integrity to fulfill momentary desires?Ultimately, some such choices may have negative and far-reaching consequences; amongst other
  • Chaplain at War with Grief: My Experiences at Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, Dover AFB, Del.

    As I prepared to tip the commissary bagger, "To the Colors" sounded. Instantly, I turned to face the flag flying over the 509th Bomb Wing headquarters.As I rendered honors to our flag during the National Anthem, a cold blast of wind hit my face. The music faded and tears formed. I was, for those few moments, transported back to the ramp at Dover
  • The Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement

    In 1976 President Gerald Ford signed the Executive Order recognizing February as Black History Month. Men and women of all races across the nation take time out in February to celebrate, educate, and honor all contributions made towards African American History.This year's theme was "Civil Rights in America," chosen by the Study of African American
  • Overcoming barriers: African-American women in the military

    The reasons behind America's Civil War and why people fought are numerous. For one woman, freedom was the only reason needed. While working for the Union Army as cook and nurse, she was also an armed scout and spy. In fact, she would become the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war when she guided the Combahee River Raid, which
  • Defying odds, defining a nation: Presidents’ Day

    With the fast-paced lifestyle we in the military are accustomed to, it's sometimes easy to forget about the history of this nation, and the strategic moves of the men who made such a place possible. On the third Monday in February we celebrate Presidents' Day in honor of the birthday of both George Washington and later on, Abraham Lincoln. Though
  • Heritage Months: don't hate, celebrate

    The United States of America has a rich and diverse ancestry that helped build this great nation, and our military draws its strength from our country's rich tradition of diversity. This is one reason why the military recognizes the achievements and contributions made possible by that legacy during heritage months each year. However, many people
  • 2014: Reflections on Leadership for a New Year

    We've all seen the news highlighting active-duty Air Force manning reductions in the 25,000 range, between eight to 10 percent of the service. I know many of you are worried. I'm not focused on 10 percent, but I'm focused on 90 percent. The Air Force still provides opportunities as we move forward.Going into 2014, it is easy for us to focus on the