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Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lessons: What does being an NCO really mean?
When you go to any Professional Military Education, whether it is Airman Leadership School, the NCO Academy or Senior NCO Academy, you must remember that everything you learn is applicable, but it doesn't all apply at the same time. As a former PME instructor, I used to tell all of my students: "when you return to your work center and you're so
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Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lessons: Think Different
When people think about diversity, differences in race, ethnicity, religion, and gender typically come to mind. While these traditional categories are important, the Air Force's definition of diversity is much broader. AFI 36-70 defines diversity as "a composite of individual characteristics, experiences, and abilities, consistent with the Air
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Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lessons: Authentic Leadership
"Extroverts make the best leaders" -- words spoken by an instructor to my cadet class in officer training. An introvert myself, I did not understand exactly what my instructor was trying to teach us. Was he saying that introverts had no hope of being the "best leaders," or was he insinuating that introverts should pretend to be extroverted? How
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Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lessons: Failure IS an option
We have all heard the phrase failure is not an option. Failure is certainly an option, and one we need to become more comfortable with. Today's climate is one of diminishing resources. Sequestration and force management have cut our ranks and our checkbook while deployments tax both. To meet our nation's call we need to ensure we are doing the
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Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lessons: Communication and Collaboration
Growing up on the east side of Indianapolis, I never dreamed I would be an Air Force Chaplain, or a military officer. The nuns who taught me in elementary school would have said the next stop for me was prison. It is a privilege to wear the Air Force uniform. My personal successes in the Air Force are attributed to a host of others. Many people
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2nd Lt. Nicque Robinson writes a commentary about how the legacy of Capt. Lance P. Sijan inspired her to Focus on the Heart went it comes to leadership. Because Capt. Sijan was the first graduate of the United States Air Force Academy to receive the Medal of Honor, a cadet dormitory, Sijan Hall, was named after him. The dormitory was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1976. As part of their training, all new cadets at the Air Force Academy are required to learn Lance Sijan's story. (Capt. Lance P. Sijan photo courtesy of Air Force Heritage Museum, U.S.Air Force hand model/Airman 1st Class Bonnie Gratham, U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez) Leadership Lessons - Focus on the Heart
It was the spring of my freshman year at the Air Force Academy. Finals had been taken, seniors were preparing to graduate, and everyone was looking forward to being one year closer to leaving that place. I'd had a pretty rough year. I was fighting accusations of an honor violation, which eventually got dropped, I was barely keeping my head above
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Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker was the first American general to die in World War II. He was the first Native American in U.S. Army history to attain the rank of major general. Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma is named in his honor. He was a member of the Osage Nation. (Courtesy Photo) Native American Heritage Month: a legacy of honor, commitment
During the month of November we pay tribute to the contributions of Native Americans throughout history. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November as National Native American Heritage Month. To this day military installations across the nation celebrate the service that Native Americans have given to their
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Default Air Force Logo "Cubum Autem in Duos Cubos..." A Leadership Conjecture (Part 1)
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Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lessons: Broken Sunglasses
When asked "how did I become a Safety Manager" I have often replied with "by making lots of mistakes." Most of the time this was just a comment intended to induce a good laugh. However, looking back it does colorfully describe key waypoints on the path which has led me to where I am today. You see if it weren't for a little bad luck I possibly
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Default Air Force Logo Leadership Lesson: Would you follow you?
Leadership is supposed to be a choice, not just a position. We are all leaders in some capacity whether at home, work, or in the community. There are examples of leaders everywhere. Many are powerful, many are popular, but few are worthy of being followed.Many leaders follow successful models who exemplify the values, skills and qualities they
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