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Default Air Force Logo Lessons learned on Mount Fuji
A few years ago, when I was stationed at Osan Air Base, South Korea, my wife and I were planning our summer vacation and we whittled our options down to two vacation spots. We could take vacation on Jeju Island (which has been called the "Hawaii of Korea") and enjoy the sun and beach at a leisurely pace, or we could travel to Japan and hike Mount
0 8/06
2013
Default Air Force Logo Your next move
As members of the military, we often take amazing opportunities for granted. Children and adults alike may have seen pictures of Rome or London, Alaska or Hawaii, or even Japan or Australia...knowing that may be as close as they ever get to those locations. We in the military have the wonderful chance to see or even live in amazing locations. Why
0 7/30
2013
Default Air Force Logo Goodbye and thanks
As many of the wing's group and squadron commanders know, taking command of a unit is one of the most exciting moments in an officer's life. As a commander, you get the opportunity to enact leadership skills you've spent years learning, steer the direction of a unit, and set the example for a generation of future leaders to follow - often in a
0 7/23
2013
Default Air Force Logo America's freedom: Appreciating the sacrifice
As an American people, we recently celebrated our independence as a nation. We celebrated the day in a variety of ways: watching fireworks, attending baseball games, hosting neighborhood block parties, eating a few hot dogs or just taking it easy with family members. Whatever the activity, somewhere in the hustle and bustle of the day we likely
0 7/16
2013
Default Air Force Logo We need leaders with ICE in their veins
As I was preparing to take command of the 21st Operations Group, one of my former Airmen called me to see if my leadership expectations had changed. He was preparing his own leadership expectations briefing for his first commander's call and he wanted to know if I still had a one-word expectation for my officers and NCOs...that they "LEAD!" I
0 7/09
2013
Default Air Force Logo 5 monkeys
A scientist was performing a behavioral experiment on monkeys to determine how they would react to negative stimuli. In a large cage, the scientist put a ladder leading up to a banana hanging from the top. He then placed five monkeys in the cage together. Immediately, and not surprisingly, one of the monkeys went straight for the banana. Before he
0 7/01
2013
Default Air Force Logo People--the constant that makes us great
On Oct.1, I will retire from the Air Force after 26 years of active duty service, four years as an Air Force Academy cadet and 19 years as an Air Force family member. During my preparation for retirement, I've been reflecting on my time in the Air Force and the changes I have seen throughout the years. When I came on active duty in 1987 the Cold
0 7/01
2013
Default Air Force Logo Developmental leadership
As I prepare to take command of the 21st Dental Squadron and I reflect on my career and exactly how I got here, it comes to mind that I've been blessed by outstanding leadership and mentorship throughout my Air Force service. As I contemplate the position that I am about to enter, I realize that leadership and position are two different things. One
0 6/25
2013
Default Air Force Logo Bump, set, spike of teamwork
Maybe it's shameless of me to say, 12th SWS dominates volleyball here at Thule. My admittedly partial observation of our Archies on the volleyball court is that we have developed a really strong team for volleyball. We know our servers, setters, spikers, coaches, organizers and everyone is an enthusiastic cheerleader. As the commander, it's fun to
0 6/19
2013
Default Air Force Logo Bloom where you're planted
As a colonel and group commander, I often field requests from young officers and enlisted members who ask to get on my schedule for "career advice." Invariably, this leads to a discussion where they lay out their well thought out, long-term plans for career success. During most sessions, I stop the young officer or enlisted member and share a story
0 6/17
2013
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