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Default Air Force Logo Revitalize the squadron now
Just under a year ago, Gen. David Goldfein was confirmed as our Air Force’s 21st Chief of Staff. Just days after his confirmation Goldfein published his first of three short papers titled “The Beating Heart of the Air Force…Squadrons!”
0 6/27
2017
Default Air Force Logo Proud of who I am, proud to serve
My life has changed significantly both in the military and as a civilian since the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” which was the military’s ban on gays and lesbians serving openly.
0 6/27
2017
Default Air Force Logo Balance: A key aspect of personal resilience
The way I look at resiliency today is very different than when I joined the Air Force just a few years ago. The emphasis was just not put on it like it is today. Not because previous Air Force leaders didn’t care about the subject, rather, I feel we as a force didn't fully understand the importance of having or building it.
0 6/21
2017
Default Air Force Logo Increase unit effectiveness by connecting with people
There are huge responsibilities levied upon leaders in our profession; accomplish the mission, uphold good order and discipline and take care of our people. Some expectations are easily quantifiable, like mission accomplishment (measured by on-time rates, aircraft generation data, etc.) and good order and discipline (assessed through status of discipline meetings, number of Uniformed Code of Military Justice or legal infractions). It is more difficult to judge how well we take care of our people. The failing isn’t the lack of a metric, rather not fully recognizing (or remembering) that taking care of people is directly related to mission accomplishment.
0 6/21
2017
Lt. Col. Robert Rayner, 921st Contingency Response Squadron, shares some thoughts on leadership. (U.S. Air Force Courtesy Photo) Next Airman up
“Hey John, when you get back from C-17 re-qual you’ll be on G-series orders. The squadron is yours!”
0 6/13
2017
Senior Master Sgt. Ricky Smith, 921st Contingency Response Squadron, shares some thoughts on Airmen development and change. (U.S. Air Force Courtesy Photo) Growth requires a little discomfort
A long time ago at a base far far away, my chief used to send out daily quotes and excerpts from John C. Maxwell and other famous leadership authors. One day the daily message really resonated with me. Specifically, the message quoted Ronald E. Osborne: "Unless you do something beyond what you've already mastered, you will never grow."
0 6/13
2017
Default Air Force Logo It’s OK to ask for help, it takes courage to do so
Most of us are familiar with action movies where the main character overcomes impossible odds to reach the unreachable, attain the improbable or save the day from certain ruin. That character is sometimes portrayed as a pillar, unbreakable, unyielding…needing no one. The reality, of course, is we are human and fallible, often building on lessons learned from prior generations in order to survive and thrive.
0 6/06
2017
Default Air Force Logo Why continuous process improvement?
Nearly 20 years ago, I was honored to be the 5th Medical Group’s Airman of the Quarter, chosen to represent my group before the wing awards board. With my freshly lint-brushed uniform, a new haircut, and a head full of current events and knowledge of Air Force history, I reported to the panel, nervous but confident. After nailing the first two questions, I thought I had it in the bag when the chief at the end of the table dropped the question, “Airman Wheeler, why ‘Quality Air Force?’”
0 6/06
2017
Senior Master Sgt. Justin Laurie, 60th Force Support Squadron, shares some thoughts on leadership. (U.S. Air Force Photo) The “We’s” have it
Twenty-one years ago a kid from Cincinnati, Ohio, departed for Air Force basic training. He did so, not due to an overwhelming desire to serve his country, but as a rehabilitation opportunity of sorts. This kid needed discipline and the opportunity to reinvent himself. The USAF did just that, starting with his name.
0 5/31
2017
Maj. Naomi Henigin, 60th Force Support Squadron commander, shares some thoughts on the impact of change. (U.S. Air Force Photo) Change can be “tough”
Change is tough. Despite the fact that change is almost constant in our lives, our initial reaction is usually one of derision and skepticism. There is usually some excitement there, too, especially when the change is big. The mixture of uncertainty and excitement is uncomfortable, so we resist. We may know that it’s for the best and when we force ourselves, especially as leaders, to find the benefits of it, we can usually do so pretty quickly; but it’s still tough.
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2017
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