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Lt. Col. Jens Lyndrup, 660th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, shares some leadership insight. (U.S. Air Force photo) Balancing the Inverted Pyramid
For the last two years I have had the tremendous honor of serving maintainers as a squadron commander, an uncommon path for someone who grew up in the flying community. When I received the call, I wondered how my skills would translate and what I could offer the unit. I found out quickly what I did not know, but the unit’s mission and large population of Airmen revealed to me the servant leadership model so frequently written and talked about over the last decade. To improve the unit’s morale, function, and growth, I learned to approach the unit not as a top-down organization, but as a balanced inverted pyramid.
0 5/23
2017
Col. David Western, 60th Air Mobility Wing Judge Advocate, shares his thoughts on having a plan and taking care of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force Photo) Have a plan
Last week I used Uber for the first time. As an attorney I must make it clear that no federal endorsement of Uber should be intended nor implied. However, disclaimer aside, I have to admit it was easier than I thought.
0 5/16
2017
Master Sgt. Jessica Larsen, 60th Air Mobility Wing, shares some thoughts on the importance of providing regular and quality feedback to Airmen. (Courtesy Photo) Know your Airmen, provide feedback
Some of us run from confrontation, while others never seem to shy away from it. I like to say I fall somewhere in the middle. Naturally, I’m an introvert, but I have learned that good leaders have to step out of their comfort zones and have uncomfortable conversations with their subordinates.
0 5/16
2017
Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Patricia L. Kawa’a, 349th Medical Group 
Challenge the status quo
We are all familiar with the Airman’s Creed. What does it mean to you? What do our family and friends think when they hear it? The creed is pretty clear about who we should be, but sometimes our personal perceptions may interfere with meeting its lofty goal.
0 5/09
2017
Lt. Col. Vianesa Vargas, 82 nd Aerial Port Squadron commander, shares some leadership insight on leading teams. (U.S. Air Force Photo) Take every opportunity, you never know where it will lead
When opportunity “knocks” you answer, right? That’s what I did last year when I was selected to lead Joint Team Records, responsible for moving presidential records, gifts and artifacts of the outgoing administration in accordance with the Presidential Records Act. It was a tremendous opportunity for an Air Force officer to lead a joint team and work with interagency partners and executive staff.
0 5/09
2017
Chief Master Sgt. Christy Peterson, 821st Contingency Response Squadron, shares her perspective on the benefits of a positive attitude. (U.S. Air Force photo) Attitude is everything
There is nothing more exhilarating than being around people who exude a positive attitude. In life, attitude is everything. It is the lens through which you see the world. It affects the actions you take based on past experiences and now interpret in current situations. It governs the way you perceive the world and the way the world perceives you. It is attitude that can determine how fast you will achieve your goals or how well you will acquire a skill or knowledge.
0 5/02
2017
Lt. Col. Blaine Baker, 82st Contingency Response Squadron commander, shares his thoughts on leading and empowering Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo) To effectively lead, we must trust and empower
Throughout our military careers, whether long or short, we’ve all seen good and bad examples of leadership. One key attribute found in most effective leaders is they implicitly trust their people and they avoid “getting into the weeds” by working their subordinates' tasks for them.
0 5/02
2017
Commentary by Maj. Traci Bowman, 60th Logistics Readiness Squadron You will never regret the time you spend with people
This March I reached a milestone of 24 years of service - one I never thought I would achieve when I left my home as a young kid not sure exactly what I wanted to do, but knowing I didn’t want to do it living at home with my parents. While I have had amazing adventures and been given incredible opportunities, there is a fairly common lesson I learn each time my family packs up our home for the next assignment: regret.
0 4/19
2017
Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Raul Cabral, 60th Maintenance Squadron 10,000 steps a day made easy
As one of the last Air Force members that wore the utility green uniforms that I was issued in basic training over 28 years ago, I have seen our great service evolve. I remember the day we got that first green screen computer in our shop so we could start documenting aircraft maintenance actions versus the pad of Form-349s and a pencil.
0 4/14
2017
Commentary by Lt. Col. James Duke, 60th Civil Engineering Squadron Investing in your future
Compounding interest. Stocks. Mutual funds. Individual Retirement Accounts. 401K. Retirement plans. I hope your eyes haven’t glazed over. The preceding words mean something. They mean being better prepared for your future than the vast majority of your peers. Financial independence and peace of mind are your rewards, but you won’t get there unless you start looking. The “buzz” words of investing in your future by having a fitness plan come to mind, but just as important is to realize the earlier you start, the better off you are.
0 4/12
2017
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