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  • What I Saw in Puerto Rico

    What one sees often largely depends on where one chooses to look. Having collapsed on to my bed at the end of another 16-hour work day, my uniform again soaked through with sweat, I saw that day's latest headline: Inadequate hurricane response in Puerto Rico.
  • Thanks, F-100 guy

    They say when the going gets tough, the tough get going.I prefer to think of the F-100 guy.As with any job, duty or responsibility - no matter how otherwise great the organization is - there are times when frustrations seep into my day-to-day experiences as an Airman with the Michigan Air National Guard. It is at those moments, when the going gets
  • A chief's view on leadership

    Leadership is the ability to influence others to willingly work toward the mission and vision you have defined. In order to influence others, you must have a relationship -- and to have a relationship you must have trust. Simply put, no trust equals no relationship, and no relationship equals no influence.The goal is to motivate people to want to
  • Being competitive among your peers

    Several years ago, I posted an article about making yourself competitive for promotion and it laid out six points with short explanations of why it is important to always stand out from your peer group. It also covered topics on being a Technical Expert, Volunteering, Being dependable, Participate, Superior Military Bearing, and displaying a
  • Creating a legacy

    As Memorial Day approaches, we take time to honor our veterans and reflect on the sacrifices they made and the legacy they have left behind.Legacy is defined as something received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past. Do you ever wonder about what legacy you might leave behind? If you haven't, I recommend you do so.Recently I had the
  • Where are you going?

    Where are you going?If you can't answer that then you are due, might I say over-due, in setting a goal(s).Success is the progressive achievement of a goal. You have to have one or you are just a ship without a rudder; ending up wherever happen-chance leads you. Take control of your destiny.Look at those people that you feel are successes in their
  • Celebrating Women's History Month

    March is Women's History month and the Dept. of Defense has dedicated the month of March to honor the contributions of women in the U.S. Armed Forces. As of 2015, women made up about 15 percent of the U.S. military. More than 165,000 women are enlisted and active in the armed services with over 35,000 additional women serving as officers.Women have
  • Motivating Airmen in Generation X, Y, and Z

    As military members and leaders we are all faced with the task of motivating and retaining our airmen. If we look at what motivates Baby Boomers VS Generation X,Y, and Z, I have found through personal experience and reading that not all of us respond the same.Here is a short list of what may help motivate our upcoming generation of future
  • You, me and our core values

    You, Me and our Core Values...It was several years ago that I discovered my great appreciation for the Air Force and its culture. I had always known I enjoyed being in uniform, but in this particular instance I was hooked. I was looking for something to read on my plane ride to the First Sergeant Academy (2001). The Air Force's Core Values was
  • The Re-enlisted Airman

    It actually began long before this flight ever took off.Long before the crew chiefs began running their checklists and before the pilots got on board - before they "stepped" as they say in Air Force lingo. Before the security Airmen went to roll call and before the commander approved the day's orders.No, this story started, oh, we'll say about 15
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