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  • How do we become great?

    I recently watched a movie that I really enjoyed, "Free Solo." It is a documentary about a rock climber, Alex Honnold, and his attempt to become the first person to free solo El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park, California. Free solo is a form of rock climbing where the climber climbs without ropes. Honnold has a quote in the movie about achieving greatness. He says, "Nobody achieves anything great because they are happy and cozy." Like Honnold, most of us strive for greatness, but we also like being comfortable.
  • The power of stories

    Since the dawn of time, humans have shared stories. Before people could write, history was recorded through storytelling. Still today, people latch on to information that is passed in the form of a story. It’s why movies are so popular, why we read to our children at night and why we share “war stories” around the water cooler. Stories are a critical way we share information, connect with people and ultimately build teams.
  • The importance of diet and exercise in daily life

    We all have priorities in life. Our careers, friends, families, health, success and financial freedom are a few examples. One of the ways I’ve been able to maintain a healthy level of stress and resiliency is through physical fitness.
  • Use adversity to grow

    I want to address topics that are near and dear to people’s hearts. Suicide awareness, community struggles, church sermons on life change, our families, friends and my own personal encounters come to mind. It did not take long for me to see the correlation these topics had amongst each other – overcoming adversity.
  • The core of success

    The military measures success by achieved mission objectives.
  • Moving forward after failure

    Our Airmen are hurting. Our Airmen are overworked, underappreciated and far too often seek permanent solutions to temporary problems.
  • Fluid leadership

    Leadership. Where does it come from? Books, seminars, webinars, life experiences or mentors?
  • What service is

    Who remembers the little blue book? Not the brown one, but the blue one. I do as I read that thing like it was atop the New York Times Best Seller’s List in 1997, the same year I attended basic military training. In fact, anytime I hold that pale blue booklet, it’s hard not to reminisce of the cool Texas mornings spent standing in line during hours of darkness, my stomach rumbling, waiting and waiting and waiting some more, to enter the chow hall for breakfast, the best part of the otherwise miserable days that began my military career.
  • What service is not

    The year was 1997. Titanic dominated the box office, Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart” played constantly on FM radio and the luckiest of us had dial-up internet to check our email accounts. That was also the year I became a second lieutenant and the year the U.S. Air Force released its core values.
  • Believing a lie almost killed me

    Remember that old saying, “Perception is reality?” I believe this is a big lie.
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