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Default Air Force Logo Jump and enjoy the ride
As I prepare for my change of command and departure from Goodfellow next week, I struggled to find an appropriate topic for my last commentary. Eventually, my wife's tandem skydive this weekend gave me the inspiration. As I was reflecting on the day's events, I realized her experience was a metaphor for my assignment as squadron commander. Please
0 7/20
2010
Default Air Force Logo Mentoring - Why we need it during all stages of our career
Today there are many perspectives on what mentoring means and many different methods used to mentor. Mentoring might be described as the activities conducted by a person (the mentor) to help another person (the mentee) do a job more effectively and progress in his career. The mentor may be someone who has "been there and done that" before, and may
0 7/13
2010
Default Air Force Logo What I've Learned ...
Last week I passed my 25th Air Force anniversary. Another milestone of 2010 is that I turned 50 years old. I've spent exactly half my life in the Air Force. These five decades have taught me much and they have certainly given me perspective. With your indulgence, I'd like to share with you some of what I've learned.- No matter your chosen vocation,
0 6/28
2010
Default Air Force Logo Adapting intelligence training, overcoming obstacles
Throughout history there have been critical points in time when the citizens of our great nation stood up and explicitly felt compelled to make an unforgettable impact - be it in Trenton with Nathanael Greene, at Little Round Top with Joshua Chamberlain or with Col. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller commanding two battalions of Marines 26 miles south of the
0 6/28
2010
Default Air Force Logo Fourth of July safety from 2nd AF commander
I'll be honest with you, the Fourth of July weekend is not one of my favorite times of the year. I guess it goes back to when I was a child and I had some painful experiences on that weekend. I remember one Independence Day when my brother and I were out playing croquet and he hit me in the head with the mallet. Now he claimed I was standing too
0 6/17
2010
Default Air Force Logo A leader for our times
As is my custom around this time of year, the focus of my leisure reading gravitates towards the birth of our nation, the ideas which formed it and the personalities who gave substance to those ideas. Ideas are most purely expressed by the actions of those who support them and it would be difficult to say that any man more embodied the ideas which
0 6/17
2010
Default Air Force Logo It's not the fall, it's the recovery
As commanders, we must contend with hard decisions when it comes to determining and delivering punishment to our subordinates. Some of the tough questions we have to answer are: Does the punishment fit the crime? Should it be judicial or non-judicial? What impact will the punishment have on the offending Airman or the squadron? Will the Airman
0 6/15
2010
Military Training Leaders provide solid groundwork that help our professional Airmen become successful. MTLs from the 313th Training Squadron (from left): Tech. Sgt. Salvatore Luizzi, Master Sgt. Ricky Choate and Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Mitchell. (U.S. Air Force photo) Blue Ropes - the value of strong leaders
Our Air Force is revered for its ability to project power on a global scale and execute operations at a tactical level worldwide. How? It's through the training and the leaders who make the foundational framework from which our Airmen launch their careers. No one can dispute that our professional Airmen are successful because of invaluable,
0 6/14
2010
Default Air Force Logo What I know for sure ...
In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity - Albert EinsteinWhen you believe you can - you can! - Maxwell MaltzAs the end of my command tour approaches on June 15, these areas below are what I know for sure: 1.  Do the right thing all the time - 24/7. Ensure that your actions are ethical, moral and legal; strive to always be professional
0 6/03
2010
Default Air Force Logo Is it worth it?
Goose bumps rush over your body as you march down the bomb run in your blues. The crowd is full of familiar faces from family to childhood friends. The cheers are thunderous and strong, and all eyes are on you and your fellow Airmen. You are now a member of the most powerful air force in the world - the United States Air Force. Nothing can measure
0 6/01
2010
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