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  • First & Foremost: Leadership

    As the newest Group Commander in the 127th Wing, I have been given the opportunity and privilege to share a few thoughts. In my address to the troops at my Change of Command ceremony I wanted to emphasize one primary topic, namely LEADERSHIP. Over the last 24 years I have been around the block a time or two and have seen my fair share of leaders. I
  • Playing the Hand You're Dealt...

    I learned early on in my Air Force career, that often times you just need to play the hand you're dealt. But what does that actually mean? Sitting idly by and lamenting that the dealer dealt you "junk" isn't the way to build a winning hand and/or improve your odds of going home with the big money at the end of the night. But do you, instead, just
  • A Staff Sergeant's Legacy of Leadership

    Words are powerful! They take just moments to speak, but they can echo for a lifetime. How many times have you heard someone say, "What does he know, he's just a Staff Sergeant" or "what can I do - I am only an Airman?" I'm here to tell you there is no such thing as "just a Staff Sergeant" or "only an Airman." While I was speaking to a fellow Chief
  • Utilize Your Chief's Council

    Many of you may have heard of the Chief's Council but I was wondering if our wing members actually know what the council is all about? As a member of the Chief's Council, I would like to take this opportunity to inform you, the members of the Wing, about the council, its purpose and the objectives outlined in the council's bylaws.The purpose of the
  • Proud of Your Service

    On Jan. 9, 2012 I stood out on our flightline happily awaiting the returning men and women of the 127th Wing, returning home after over 100 days of service in Afghanistan, and I felt a tremendous surge of pride. The men and women of the 127th Wing, all volunteers, had just spent 100 days away from friends and families. All had missed Thanksgiving,
  • Novum Inceptum

    As this new year begins, I'd like to share a few ideas associated with the term "Novum Inceptum". This is a Latin phrase that translates to: "A New Beginning". In case you were wondering, I didn't come up with this phrase on my own; it was my class motto at the U.S. Air Force Academy.We all understand that change is part of life, and often, change
  • Remembering

    As I get older, I find myself looking back over my life, sometimes with fondness, other times with regret, but I tend to ask myself, "How did I get here?"When I was 19, I was working at a job that had little chance for advancement, so when my supervisor told me that I should check out military service, I listened. I went and talked to a recruiter
  • Be the change you want to see in the ANG

    It is an honor to write my first article for the Prevailing Wind. For those that do not know me, I have been a member of the 127th Services Flight since 1987. After my initial enlistment in the Regular Air Force I was under contract for 18 months in the Michigan Air National Guard. I planned on doing my 18 months and then becoming a civilian. All
  • A year of change: more coming

    Wow 2011, what a dynamic year! We all experienced significant change in 2011. We also experienced tremendous success. Bringing pride to our Selfridge community and the State of Michigan.First the change: The year stated with Col. Augustine announcing his move to the 122nd Fighter Wing in Indiana. In March, Brig. Gen. Peplinski announced his pending
  • Organize to live your life with less stress

    The never ending tasks we face each day can sometimes seem insurmountable! As Citizen-Airmen, we are professional jugglers in an ever-changing world. We not only execute the mission on a daily basis, we ensure our career progression along with our subordinates. We also provide for our family, engage in a hobby or two and possibly even pursue a