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  • Attitude A Key Quality for Successful Leaders

    Of all the qualities that go into being a successful leader, I believe the most important is maintaining a positive mental attitude. A positive attitude doesn't mean being sunshine and rainbows all of the time. It entails being teachable, humble, and optimistic at all levels of leadership. Technical proficiency is very important, but all aspects of
  • The Air Power Imperative and the Value of the Air National Guard

    Transcript of Oral Testimony to the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, September 14, 2013My first memory of historic Selfridge Field is of my father, a proud Air Corps veteran, taking me, his teenage son, to the base's air show at which the Thunderbirds performed in the most alluring 1950's-vintage silvery fighter jets. Little
  • Leadership

    Is Sexual Assault Prevention and Response training so important that the Department of Defense (DOD) needed to shut down operations for a mandatory 4 hours of training? Is it really that bad? Let's look at the numbers. Just last year, the DOD had over 26,000 service members indicate they experienced unwanted sexual contact. A large majority of
  • Carpe Diem for CCAF

    Carpe Diem, Latin for "seize the day", is a call to take full advantage of the opportunities before us. If you are an enlisted member and have not completed your Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) degree, now is the time to do so. While CCAF degrees were at one time only "nice-to-haves," they are rapidly becoming essential for enlisted ANG
  • Being Obsolete

    What are you doing to make yourself obsolete? Are you making yourself obsolete by not knowing the ins and outs of your career field? Every career field has something that changes over time. Once you work your way through your 3-level training, then your 5-level, you have had all the technical training you will ever need, right? Not in our Air
  • Be an Expert in Your Specialty

    I'm glad that I have an opportunity to express some thoughts to the wing this month, just as we execute our wing-wide SAPR training in August. I have served in the Air Force, first as a cadet and now as an officer, for over 27 years. In that time, I can never recall so many training demands, and I imagine most of you feel likewise.All of our
  • The Value of Diversity

    Diversity it is a word we hear about from time-to-time, and many of us only think of it when we have attend a class on the subject in order fulfill a training requirement. Diversity, however, is integral to our well-being as a military organization. When the concept of diversity is discussed, most of us think of the major differences define
  • Hooked on America

    By the Bicentennial, I was hooked. I think the part I liked best was that business about all men being created equal. Later, I discovered that Mr. Lincoln's language was had become a bit dated and it was really that all people are created equal, but the sentiment - the ideal - remained the same. The fact is, when I was a boy, I fell hard for all
  • Self ... Serving

    Today I would like to talk about Service Before Self and how it relates to being a senior noncommissioned officer and a noncommissioned officer. It is not uncommon, many of us have either worked with or been supervised by someone we felt did not have our best interest at heart.By the time we reach the rank of TSgt or even as early as SSgt, it is
  • Time for the May PT 'Pain Plan'

    Yep it's that time of year again, Dr. Seuss said "How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" So as we gaze at ourselves in the mirror and see that we're not indeed wherever we want to be; back in shape for our annual PT.Not