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  • The obligation of balance

    According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of balance is: an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady; keep or put something in a steady position so that it does not fall.

  • Why?

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — Simon Sinek offers the thought, “There are a few leaders who choose to inspire rather than manipulate in order to motivate people,” but choosing to inspire requires different skill sets than choosing where to eat for lunch.Sinek goes on to explain that inspiration

  • It’s all about the sauce

    My favorite food is pizza. Red pizza or white pizza, lots of veggies or meat lovers, thick crust or thin crust—it doesn’t matter to me, if you keep out the anchovies, it’s all delicious.

  • Professional obligations as leaders

    On Aug. 24, McConnell’s newest staff sergeant selects hosted a release party. What should have been an incredibly joyous event for the wing was overshadowed by the lack of participation by some of our selects. As the names were called of individuals not in attendance, it became evident that a

  • Humility in good leadership

    There is a lot that goes into being an effective leader in the U.S. Air Force, but I find the most important ingredient to start with is humility. Humility isn’t thinking less of oneself; it’s thinking of oneself as no better than anyone else. It’s understanding that we all contribute to the

  • Football doctrine on the battlefield

    Football has brought us many great things, not the least of which are funny Super Bowl commercials and Gatorade. The game has also brought us many leaders whose philosophies on the gridiron can be translated to doctrine on the battlefield. Take for example Vince Lombardi and Tom Brady.

  • Are you ready to lead?

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — The path to command is a journey that can take more than a decade for some, but no matter how long your path is, your chance to lead might begin today. Are you ready to lead?While there are countless books, articles and leadership seminars to help guide you to

  • Can I get a handclap?

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — You may have heard the song by Fitz and the Tantrums and seen the trending “Lemme get two claps and a Ric Flair” YouTube videos, and I know you’ve definitely heard my version. Cue the eye-roll: You probably think I’m a “hugger” too. That’s not exactly right though.I

  • The Air Force they deserve

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.—Personnel at McConnell Air Force Base are blessed to serve in a supportive, military-friendly community.Whenever I am off the installation in uniform, I am constantly being thanked for my service. On several occasions, my lunch tab was picked up by an anonymous citizen

  • Riding for the brand

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — Many of us remember watching cowboy shows and movies on TV when we were kids. They were mostly about justice and fighting for what was right, and they showed outlaws, rustlers, sheriffs and marshals. One thing that always seemed to be in those movies were large