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Default Air Force Logo Leadership Forum: Asking why
A few years ago, I had the unique privilege to spend time listening to and talking with Simon Sinek, author of The New York Times best seller, "Start with Why."  If you have not heard him speak, read his book, or perhaps watched any of his many TED Talk on-line presentations, I highly encourage you to do so.  The premise of Start with Why, is that
0 9/15
2017
Default Air Force Logo Leadership Forum: Trust is an operational accelerant
In his book, “The Speed of Trust,” Stephen M. R. Covey talks about trust as one part credibility and one part capability. To me, credibility is doing what you say you will do, and capability is having the necessary skills to do what you say you will do. I view trust as an operational accelerant that, at its best, enables unparalleled agility,
0 9/08
2017
Default Air Force Logo Leadership Forum: Know your people
After entering the Air Force in April 1993, I was very concerned that I would get lost in the shuffle. After basic military training, I attended technical school at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, before arriving to my first duty station at Castle Air Force Base, California. When I arrived, I was told by my peers that, as long as I didn’t get Tech.
0 9/01
2017
Default Air Force Logo Leadership Forum: Followership makes for good leadership
Ducemus…we lead! Our recent successes in our Nuclear Operations Readiness Inspection and Unit Compliance Inspection, with deployments and exercises are a testament to individual leadership and the leadership training Airmen received at every stage in their career. For a great team like ours to pull it all together when it counts most, it requires
0 8/25
2017
Default Air Force Logo Leadership Forum: Fearless leaders, step out of the shadows
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine it's not just in
0 8/18
2017
Default Air Force Logo From brat to boots
I am a brat.Well, more like an Army brat but I am brat just the same. This means I am a proud child of an Army veteran, my dad.Since 1986, April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices children make for their military parents.Some of my earliest memories involve hearing Soldiers call
0 4/26
2017
Service members gather at the beginning of a Bataan Death March memorial ruck March 4, 2016, at White Sands Missile Range, White Sands, N.M. Each year, men and women pay their respects to those who lost their lives during the tragic march in the Philippines during WWII.  (Courtesy Photo) Finding the finish line
Last year, I made the decision to ruck the Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands, New Mexico. I signed up for the Military Heavy Division, which means rucking 26.2 miles while in uniform with a mandatory 35 pounds. I remember deciding not to train because I felt I was in shape and I thought it would just be a nice walk with a little added
0 3/16
2017
George G. Shaw, center, poses for a photo with his granddaughters Jenna K. Caldwell left and Megan E. Caldwell on the back porch steps of their house, 2001, in Arcata, Calif. (Courtesy photo) From engine grease to Air Force blues
I grew up covered in engine grease. In a dimly lit garage, I watched my grandfather rebuild classic cars. Sitting on the tailgate of his Ford truck, I learned how the world worked. We discussed politics, history, current events and common sense.I heard stories about his childhood in war-torn England and the hope and despair of the people. He told
0 8/16
2016
Default Air Force Logo Helping our Air Force family
How many of us have had a mother, father, brother, sister or child call us for help in their time of need? The request may have been a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand to get them through, a monetary request or just being present. No matter how we received the request for help, we stop what we are doing and do whatever it takes to take care of
0 7/20
2016
(Courtesy graphic) My experience with Green Dot
I volunteered to teach this new program, Green Dot, without really understanding what it was all about. All I really knew was that it involved bystander intervention, in some way, shape or form.I searched online, read a few articles and saw the program was designed to stop personal violence, which includes bullying, abuse, stalking, dating
0 7/01
2016
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