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  • Leadership Lessons: Building connections that matter

    I recently listened to a Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) talk entitled "The Illusion of Being Connected," given by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. In his talk, McChrystal postulated that connectivity in today's world does not guarantee the
  • Getting out in Grand Forks: the Lincoln Drive Park

    I traded bases during technical school. Most people thought I was crazy for wanting to go to Grand Forks, N.D. instead of Barksdale, Louisiana, but my wife doesn't like hot weather and I didn't care where I was stationed as long as I was able to see a new place. I grew up in a small town in southern Ohio, but I was always able to find something fun
  • New rape prevention program may be the answer we’ve been looking for

    I have a couple of favorite phrases that I like to keep in my vernacular: "You don't bring a knife to a gun fight," and, "If you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself."I recently saw some news that combines the spirits of both of these phrases, and put a big smile on my volunteer victim advocate face; it chronicled a new rape
  • Leadership Lessons: Keeping Safe and Secure

    Basic security fundamentals are taught to all Security Forces during technical training despite seeming inherently simplistic. During the summer of 1990 at the Security Police Academy, our instructors repeatedly stressed the importance of not just observing that doors and gates were closed but to also check them thoroughly. This was done by pulling
  • Leadership Lessons: The definition

    Leadership. There appears to be no shortage of definitions. A Google search of "leadership definitions" yields roughly 127,000 results in .39 seconds; add the word "quotes" to the search and results jump to 791,000.  It seems that every notable person across every professional field has his or her own definition. With so many concepts of
  • Leadership Lessons: My most memorable opportunity

    As I ran down the 5K trail during our Glow Run fundraiser on May 15, I was fondly reminded of when I was asked to take the lead on the Relay for Life at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Having a hard time saying no to such a meaningful event I willingly accepted, not knowing this would turn out to be my most memorable leadership opportunity. I had
  • Leadership Lessons: From Pilot to PA

    Throughout college I was a cadet in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC). While in AFROTC, I had only one job in mind; I was going to be a pilot. This isn't an uncommon aspiration for a modern Air Force cadet partly because a lot of cadets join without fully understanding what their career field options are. The other part of it is
  • Heroes at Home: Thomas R. Slaughter

    About 2009, a young lady came to see me for an Air Force Aid loan for food. Airman Benjamin was a single mother. She had heard me speak at the First Term Airmen Course.Anytime anyone comes to see me for an AFA loan, the first thing I do is a budget. I want to see where their money is going.We did a budget and it wasn't pretty. I pulled her credit
  • AMC Commander reflects on his first year

    To the men and women of Air Mobility Command, I can't thank you and your families enough for the hard work and sacrifices that you make each day.  You are an unrivaled, Total Force team - active duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian Airmen - and you make rapid global mobility a reality.In the year since I took command, I've truly been impressed by
  • Leadership Lessons: How to Get More Mileage With Personnel Maintenance

    A long time ago, a very long time ago when I was a young staff sergeant, a vehicle maintenance chief gave me some mentoring on how to get more out of the Airmen you lead. Throughout my career I would often go back and read those notes on "Personnel Preventative Maintenance" and try my best to apply them to the Airmen that I am both directly and