Tag: commander commentary
  • Reflections of a loyal heretic

    For the past two years as commander of the 517th Training Group and Assistant Commandant of Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, America has entrusted thousands of its sons and daughters to my care. The previous Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, emphasized the importance of these service members in the 2018 National Defense Strategy stating, “The creativity and talent of the American warfighter is our greatest enduring strength and one we do not take for granted.” Our obligation as leaders of these warfighters is best captured in a single phrase, “to whom much is given, much is expected.”
  • Resiliency Toolkit: The power of a positive thought

    Many of you have probably been in a situation where nothing seems to be going right and every step you move forward, something hits you in the face, knocking you two steps back. In these moments, your biggest adversary becomes your own mind.
  • The Importance of a Growth Mindset

    In her March 2019 article, Chief Master Sgt. Shae Gee, 17th Mission Support Group superintendent, emphasized the importance of leading by the right example. I encourage you to read her story.In short, as a young staff sergeant, she found herself in a situation where she had taken action to prevent a toxic supervisor from negatively affecting her
  • Do You Lead by the “Right” Example?

    We are taught throughout our careers in the Air Force to lead by example, be competent, have a purpose and care about the team. Aristotle claimed, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” This habit is built on every single day. The habits we have are then seen and repeated by those who come after us. Many