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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.
0 5/31
2017
Default Air Force Logo Sarajevo to Arizona: One refugee’s story
I am a doctor, a member of the armed forces and proud to call Arizona my home. I am also a refugee.
0 5/31
2017
Default Air Force Logo Let your people do their job
Recently, while deployed I came in one morning and saw things were more hectic than usual. The two master sergeants on shift gave me the morning update and the day wasn’t starting off well. Planes were broken, the flying schedule was a mess and my people were running around with their “hair on fire.” My instinct to fix things kicks in. “I got this,” I tell the them. “Let’s go.”
0 5/23
2017
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
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