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Default Air Force Logo What is success to you?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines success as, “a favorable or desired outcome.” Depending on who you ask, people will describe it differently based on what’s important to them. As I near 24 years as a servant Airman, I’m frequently asked, “Chief, how did you become so successful in your career?”
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2017
Chief Master Sgt. Jayson J. Watson, 45th Aerial Port Squadron, offiical photo Mentoring is true leadership
This week I had the rare privilege of seeing a friend and counterpart retire after 36 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Chief Master Sgt. Kirk Stewart retired effective July 25. He left with 36 years of knowledge and experience.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Dealing with adversity
No-one is immune to the trials and tribulations that life has in store for us. I’ve experienced an ample share of adversity, barriers and disappointment, but through these hardships, emotional fortitude was gained.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Quality mentorship matters
Mentorship is more than just leading others down a career path and checking some boxes. Don’t fear the opportunity to show others what a life with passion and purpose can feel like.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo So there I was
“Flares, flares, flares! Chutes, chutes! We’ve got two chutes! Initiating CAP (combat air patrol)! Launch the rescue aircraft!”
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2017
Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman, 60th Air Mobility Wing, shares what being a military father means to him and encourages all military parents to cherish every moment with their children. (U.S. Air Force photo). Cherish every moment
It’s 4 a.m., and a car parks outside the family home. Inside a proud father of two takes one last look at his daughter and son before hugging his wife and walking out the door.
0 7/18
2017
Lt. Col. Jeff Krulick, 321st Air Mobility Operations Squadron, shares some insight on the importance of asking the right questions. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The importance of asking questions
On a recent road trip, I had the opportunity to listen to the audio book, “Good Leaders Ask Great Questions,” by John Maxwell. Listening to the examples outlined in the book inspired me to reflect on the questions I ask as a leader and commander.
0 7/18
2017
Chief Master Sgt. Derrick Harrison, 621st Air Mobility Advisory Group, shares some thoughts on the importance of balancing work with personal commitments. (U.S. Air Force photo) The art of work, life balance
As we progress through the enlisted and officer ranks, we start to gain additional tasks, duties and personnel concerns. Your career is no longer just about you, but includes the Airmen you lead on a daily basis. Sometimes we get so consumed with making sure the mission and the people are taken care of, we forget to take care of ourselves.
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2017
Master Sgt. (ret.) Sean Arnold, left, and his mother Cheryl Brown, 60th Air Mobility Wing wing plans, pose together for a photo. (Courtesy photo) Thank you, Team Travis
Happy Birthday, Cheryl Brown. Or, as my brother and I say, "Happy birthday, mom." Let me tell you a little about her.
0 7/13
2017
Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Scheuer, 60th Surgical Operations Squadron, shares some leadership insight. (U.S. Air Force photo) Find your opportunity to excel
Life is made up of a compilation of moments steered by decisions, and defined by opportunities gained and lost. Several years ago I was approached by my squadron and flight commanders. What my flight commander said next was the beginning of an experience that helped shape who I am today and something I will never forget.
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2017
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