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Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lessons: Compliance - the life you save could be your own
In August 2000, the Air Force lost an F-16 when it crashed in a field near the town of Tulia, Texas. The Air Force convened an accident investigation board to look into the reason for the crash. It was determined that crash occurred because the pilot violated flight directives by performing unauthorized aerobatic maneuvers. The field the F-16
0 5/21
2014
Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lessons: Paddle faster than the current
As a 16-year old Boy Scout in New Jersey, I was determined to earn my Canoeing Merit Badge. Many skills were taught such as navigation, keeping the canoe straight while paddling, what to do with a swamped (flooded) canoe, how to recover a capsized canoe, and water rescue, but one important lesson stood out. Our instructor said "If you ever find
0 5/15
2014
Default Air Force Logo Dignity & Respect; Are You on the Team?
"Dignity & Respect" is a key topic on the minds of the Air Force's most senior leadership. The Chief of Staff of the Air Force's position: "Treating EVERY Airman with dignity and respect must be at the heart of who we are and how we operate. It isn't a 'tag' line; it's the core of everything we stand for as a service". There's no room for
0 5/01
2014
Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lessons: Why Do You Serve?
As Airmen, we all serve. From the airman basic to the chief of staff, we all serve. Our government civilians serve. Our spouses and children serve. We are part of the Air Force family, which exists solely to protect our great nation and all of its citizens.We protect our citizens' freedom of speech; the right to criticize our actions; the right to
0 4/23
2014
Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lessons: Grow where you're planted, then branch out
"Grow where you're planted." These words can create sudden tension and dampen the mood of any mentorship opportunity. To many, it's an admonishment to toe the line and do the job they've been told to do, an indication that their professional desires are not important, and proof that their leadership is out of touch with their abilities and
0 4/17
2014
Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lessons - Time for Change?
I was asked to provide a leadership prospective to publish on the base web site. I almost immediately drew a blank as to what I could possibly write about. I thought about it unsuccessfully for a week or so while I read some previous articles for some inspiration. Then I asked myself, "Why am I thinking about this so hard when we at Grand Forks
0 4/10
2014
Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lessons: Be the Air Force
We were all recently sent an e-mail from the Secretary of the Air Force. The Secretary, the Air Force Chief of Staff, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force took the time to pen that message because reaching out to their Airmen matters to them. They care about explaining what it means to be an Airman. I think taking a few minutes to
0 3/27
2014
Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lessons: Protecting the Castle
A young lady I went to high school with once wrote, "If we are living in our past's future and our future's past...does the present really exist?" Now that, my friends, is some real deep thinking. I prefer to keep my thinking a little closer to the surface. So my question to you is, "Why are you here?"In my position as the command chief, I always
0 3/25
2014
Default Air Force Logo Only you can solve the DUI problem
Over the last 15 months, Team Grand Forks has seen a rise in Airmen driving under the influence of alcohol. We ended 2013 with 14 DUIs and so far in 2014 we have already had five. If we continue down the same path, Grand Forks AFB could see upward of 20 DUIs by the end of the year.Many of you may think these Airmen went out for a night of drinking
0 3/20
2014
Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lessons: Reflections
Monday, August 19, 2013. For most folks, including myself, this particular Monday looked much like most other Mondays that had preceded it. Admittedly, it was a normal day in my life--special for the opportunities a new day brings but no more or less noteworthy than any other day save for one small, personal milestone: as of this date, I had now
0 3/19
2014
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