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  • Spring time for growth, transformation

    As a Florida native, I can't wait for spring each year.....a time to pull out the summer wardrobe and ski without all those layers. I also love the opportunity to hike with the spring flowers.Seeing the new buds on the trees, I'm reminded how these plants can resemble our own story. For months I ran by those same trees, thinking they looked dead.
  • Service before self

    With Memorial Day only a few days away, it seems appropriate to talk about "service before self," the most misunderstood Air Force value.I was already on active duty when the Air Force created the core values. At that time, many of us thought, "Well, it's official now, the Air Force is more important than my family or me."This year marks the 20th
  • Know your part, do your part

    It's already in the human psyche, so no one needs to learn this anew. But everyone needs to be reminded. From a leadership perspective it's important to capture lessons in a format that people are able to easily remember.For all things relating to sexual harassment and the potential of escalation to sexual violence in the workplace it's about
  • What’s a leader without a follower

    "He's not leadership material...he's just a follower." Have you ever heard or spoke words like that about someone before? They were assuredly meant as a put down and a sign that the person was not cut from the right cloth to serve in our military.As part of our warrior ethos, we study leadership continuously throughout our careers and hold its
  • Leading your people across the river without drowning yourself

    Leading an organization through a project or crisis can be a lot like leading a group of people across a river. A good leader is worried about the size of the river, strength of the current, temperature of the water and the skillset of the people that have to get across. That's a lot to keep track of. So much so that some leaders forget that they
  • National Police Week time to remember fallen officers, celebrate public service

    In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge in Washington, D.C., to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have
  • Slow your roll, drivers -- there are walkers about

    I won't walk on your car if you don't drive on my feet. Deal?I like to walk. Fresh air, sunshine and exercise without the need to shower or wear spandex.Peterson Air Force Base, as it turns out, is a remarkable place for walking. The base's tree-lined streets are almost universally equipped with well-maintained sidewalks. Well-marked crosswalks,
  • Resiliency a program for success

    As members of the U.S. Air Force, we are held to high levels of standards in every aspect of our lives, both professionally and personally. We have answered our nation's call to serve and are proud and humbled to be offered such a great responsibility. Despite the greatness which flows through our ranks, none of us are immune to trials and
  • Developing a leadership philosophy

    The number one question I get from young supervisors is, "How do I become an effective leader?" The question takes many forms, but it all boils down to the same issue; what set of skills does one focus on in order to lead effectively?In my feedback sessions with young supervisors at my unit, I often talk about the importance of developing a
  • Can we recognize an offender in our midst?

    Researchers tell us that while there is no one particular type of rapist, acquaintance rapists often follow a pattern of seven steps. If we understand the steps of an offender who knows their victim, we will be more likely to hold offenders accountable for this crime. Additionally, we will be more aware of intervention points.April is Sexual
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