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Default Air Force Logo You Are a Person of Interest
Every person has information that is unique to themselves which is used by numerous organizations both on and off base. Organizations such as banks, credit agencies and your unit all have records that contain information about you. Some of this information includes your Social Security Number (SSN), date of birth, address and phone number, account
0 4/17
2013
Default Air Force Logo Leadership is not magical or mysterious
The recurring topic of my week was leadership. My Senior NCOs were having a professional development lunch on Friday to discuss what leadership is. Since my monthly luncheon with my Junior NCOs and airmen happened to fall in the same week, I thought I would capitalize on the topic of leadership and ask my NCOs their opinion on the matter.I posed
0 3/21
2013
Default Air Force Logo Integrity First in the 21st Century
"Integrity is the fundamental premise for military service in a free society. Without integrity, the moral pillars of our military strength, public trust and self-respect are lost." - Gen. Charles A. GabrielIntegrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do are the core values that are the foundation of our U.S. Air Force and what
0 2/25
2013
Default Air Force Logo LET THEM LEAD AT ANY RANK, IN ANY AFSC
I have always believed that if two military folks are standing on the street corner, someone is in charge. Our military organization is centered on this premise. Without clarity in this area, confusion sets in, mission success is degraded, and, in some cases, missions fail. In a squadron construct, ultimately the squadron commander is in charge,
0 2/06
2013
Default Air Force Logo Insight - Then and now
Visiting our nation's hallowed war memorials not only reminds us of our profession of arms, but strengthens our sense of duty. I recently had the opportunity to visit the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. What military members will notice immediately are the 15 Medal of Honor recipients and 177 documented acts of heroism earned that day of
0 1/16
2013
Default Air Force Logo Operational Readiness
November concluded a challenging period, punctuated by two exhausting exercises. The first was our annual participation in USSTRATCOM's annual GLOBAL THUNDER exercise and the second was an Operational Readiness Exercise which is intended to prepare the wing for next year's Operational Readiness Inspection. Both of these exercises require the
0 12/14
2012
Default Air Force Logo Making the hard choice
As a commander and leader in the Air Force, I have learned my primary role in accomplishing the mission and taking care of Airmen is to make decisions. The unit - whether it's a flight, squadron, group or wing - is comprised of professionals with various degrees of expertise. These Airmen, non-commissioned officers and commissioned officers are
0 11/28
2012
Default Air Force Logo Doing the hard things
Do you do hard things? Would you choose to do something you don't like to do? I took a professional survey once that was designed to help me choose a career. It asked a lot of questions such as, "would you rather type a label or glue a label on a bottle?" or "would you rather work outside or inside?" I was very interested to see what this marvel of
0 10/26
2012
Default Air Force Logo Getting to yes
If there is one thing certain in today's military environment, it's that there are plenty of problems to solve, taskers continue, augmentees and volunteers are needed and resources ebb and flow. As we experience dwindling resources, leaders need to ensure our organizations have the proper starting point to support decision-making. That starting
0 10/18
2012
Default Air Force Logo The good in confrontation
Throughout my years in various personnel fields, classifier, manpower specialist and currently the equal opportunity director, I have heard one constant from supervisors and employees, "I hate confrontation." Confrontation is a form of communication that is essential when striving for effective mission accomplishment. Wouldn't it be great if
0 10/02
2012
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