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  • Don’t reach for the Round-Up

    Recently I attended a training seminar put on by the Air Force Profession of Arms Center of Excellence (PACE). During the seminar the presenter made an analogy comparing performance-impacting "issues" to weeds. When comments from the audience were invited, I suggested a slightly different perspective.This morning as I was standing on the field for
  • Empowerment: More than just a word

     I am a first-term Airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. I am approaching one year time on station and getting close to achieving the next skill level in my job. At this stage in my career, my number one focus is on training and mastering my job. All Airmen are expected to "check the boxes" in order to complete their training, but how
  • Air force Reserve offers security in an evolving economy

    Every year approximately 100 Airmen separate from Grand Forks AFB in search of something better. The perception is that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. This was the thought when I got out via Palace Front in 1995 due to a reduction in force. At that time I was a staff sergeant with nine years military experience and just short
  • Be an Airman first!

    Only 1 percent of our great nation raises their hand to recite the oath of enlistment. No matter what the reason was for joining the military. They have all recited the following: I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear
  • It’s time to choose our next boss!

    I am 27 years old and have been a member of the United States Air Force for 17 months. I have been old enough to vote for two presidential elections, with the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election being my third. However, I have never voted.Unfortunately, far too many people my age and older have never taken the time to perform their duty as an
  • Do your job…well

    I hate Bill Belichick. For those of you who aren't football fans, Bill Belichick is the coach of the National Football League's New England Patriots. As a lifelong Indianapolis Colts fan, I've seen the New England Patriots put an end to my team's Super Bowl aspirations year after year. Admittedly, I've never met the man, but from what I know of
  • Leadership Lessons: "Cubum Autem in Duos Cubos..." A Leadership Conjecture (Part 2)

    Part One:  As Airmen, we can read and mentor more In part one of this series we discussed the requirement for leaders to develop reading and mentoring habits. The underlying premise is that it's impossible to separate these habits in order to make the whole leader. Hence, part one's clever title and subsequent practical advice is meant to shape
  • Leadership Lessons: Five Points

    Several weeks ago I was asked about my leadership beliefs and philosophy. At the time I didn't have a good response mostly because I never really thought about it. After several weeks of thought I came up the following five points on leadership. I picked them up over the last 16.5 years of being an officer and leading many different types of
  • What do you have Faith in?

    There are five guiding principles that every Airman here, should know, embrace, reflect on and apply to their everyday efforts. I like to refer to them as the Five Fs: faith, family, friends, future, freedom. It is important that we all understand what each of these mean and how we can apply them to our every day mission of defending the American
  • Leadership Lessons: No Money, No Mission

    When looking down at the long list of Air Force Specialty Codes during my third year of ROTC to pick my future job, I was only looking at one: Pilot. Not only did I not know much about any other AFSCs or even what a comptroller was, but through my ignorance I believed that if I did not become a pilot I would be on the second tier, a second class