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Default Air Force Logo Second-mile leadership -- selfless service
Integrity, service before self and excellence in all we do are the Air Force core values. Integrity is being totally honest with self and others -- transparency. Service before self strengthens that honesty. Excellence respects the resources placed in our care -- people, goods and mission. The second-mile leader sees these values as the beginning
0 2/09
2009
Default Air Force Logo Second-mile leaders—behind the scenes
We have a tendency of focusing on those in uniform as our second-mile leaders. Although we have many Airmen stepping up to the daily challenge, there are countless others we cannot forget to recognize. There are many second-mile leaders working diligently behind the scenes that are often overlooked. For many years, these selfless servants have
0 2/09
2009
Default Air Force Logo What eagles teach us about second-mile leadership
Throughout history, eagles have been viewed as special animals. They are revered by many cultures for their grace in flight and for their ability to overcome even the most difficult of circumstances. However, perhaps one of the most interesting of features related to these magnificent birds is how they choose to build their nest in the cleft of
0 2/09
2009
Default Air Force Logo Don't be a fair weather leader
In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton, an intrepid British explorer, boarded the ship Endurance. He and his team of 27 men set sail for the South Atlantic. The group wanted to be the first to cross Antarctica. However, in October 1915, still half a continent away from their intended destination, their lives changed forever when their ship was crushed
0 1/26
2009
Default Air Force Logo Shoveling past status quo
When we were stationed at Ramstein, our family lived in a small farming village above a small apartment occupied by our landlord's grandmother, a wonderful lady named Frau Dietrich. She was a stereotypic German, proud of her garden, her flower boxes and the pristine condition of her driveway and sidewalks. She was right to be well-pleased with her
0 1/21
2009
Default Air Force Logo Are you a second-mile leader?
In ancient times, it was routine for a soldier to demand a citizen carry his load for up to a Roman mile, a distance of 1,000 paces. This practice, formerly known as "impressment," was no easy task, considering a soldier's backpack routinely weighed upwards of 100 pounds. However, given the soldier was in a position of authority and the citizen was
0 1/06
2009
Default Air Force Logo Second mile leadership in the 319th Mission Support Group
What does second mile leadership mean to you? Have you ever heard the term before? In Roman times a soldier could ask a citizen to carry his bags or weapons for one mile, if the citizen elected to go beyond that one mile it was his own choice. In the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount tells his followers, "If someone
0 12/30
2008
Default Air Force Logo Tankers: From a Question Mark to Today’s Fight
Air refueling operations continue to be amazing aerial feats, especially for people who witness the process for the first time. As mobility Airmen, we consider it simply part of what we do but, in reality, it is quite remarkable to have two aircraft meeting less than 50 feet apart at more than 20,000 feet above the ground traveling at speeds close
0 12/22
2008
Default Air Force Logo A wing holiday story
I have attended many wing, group and squadron holiday parties through the years, and they have ranged from simple pot lucks to $60 per head holiday extravaganzas. This year, our wing's holiday party, hosted by Col. John Michel and his wife, Holly, Mayor Michael Brown from Grand Forks, University of North Dakota's president, Dr. Robert Kelley, and
0 12/22
2008
Default Air Force Logo AMC unveils new mission statement and focus areas
This past June, I issued a call for all AMC personnel to "return to basics," and I thank you for the renewed attention you've given to our core values and our mobility mission while restoring the Air Force's good name with your daily, outstanding mission accomplishment. Today, we build on that focus. As you may know, the Air Force recently refined
0 12/09
2008
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