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  • Second-mile leadership as an airman

    Recently, I looked out my window to find another airman 1st class shoveling my driveway. I was grateful for this because I was injured and my wife is pregnant, so we weren't able to deal with the recent snowfall. I continued to think about this as the day went by and discovered a side of second-mile leadership I had not realized previously. It is
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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