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  • Professionalism

    One of the most uniquely American military traits is "professionalism." The term captures not just the desire of U.S. military senior military leaders, but also a trait demanded by the American public of its military. As a commander, I speak often of the term professionalism - hoping to help ingrain that certain ideal I want the Airmen in my group
  • What qualities, values define your leadership?

    Many years ago, a wise mentor inspired me and a group of young ROTC cadets to approach success as encapsulated in the Chinese characters of risk and preparation. He explained the Chinese written language lacks a single character that means success; rather the risk and preparation characters combine to create the idea of success. While I don't speak
  • Weigh your options

    It doesn't seem that long ago -- my junior year of high school -- trying to determine what to do with my life. Which path should I take? College or no-college? Military? Move away or remain in my home town? After talking with classmates I decided college was a must, but didn't know how to pay for it. Then a teacher of mine, a retired Army
  • Leading by example

    I am a big fan of inspirational quotes to keep my compass pointed to my true north. I keep a few favorites on my desk so that I see them every day. Certainly, some of them are platitudes that are better cross-stitched and hanging in my favorite aunt's kitchen than guiding my daily operations, as they have been so overused that they have lost their
  • Take time to celebrate success

    The start of a new year always brings promise of new resolution and reflection on the past year. As the holidays wrap up and the season for holiday spirit and festive gatherings come to a close, it is important to remember who we are as a wing.Foresight and vision are crucial, but what about past accomplishments? How do we know we are driving the
  • I am an American Airman… too!

    A large copy of the Airman's Creed is mounted on a door in my office. A previous commander prominently displayed it to remind the officers and enlisted in our group of the core principles that guide their service to our Air Force and our country. It's positioned in a way that I have looked at the Airman's creed every day I've sat at my desk here at
  • It’s about family

    My first assignment (after training) took me far away from my biological family. Much to the dismay of the new grandparents, my husband and I moved to Japan right after our first child was born.In Okinawa, we quickly met our new Air Force family. These coworkers, neighbors and chapel friends filled our lives with joy. Such fun we had exploring the
  • Sense of community

    As the holidays approach, many people are excited about all the gatherings to come and spend precious time with loved ones. But for many, it can also be a very stressful time where they will miss loved ones, may be going through some challenging times or feel a bit lonely. Each of us, as members of the Air Force family, has a responsibility of
  • Holidays time to ponder, celebrate traditions

    One of the big reasons leisure travel is so popular is that it allows us to step into a completely different frame of mind. "Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes," sang Jimmy Buffet. The destination helps establish the mindset.Going back to the home of our youth can reconnect us to our personal pasts -- there are times when I worship at the
  • Role of the first sergeant

    I have been in command for a very short period of time, but in this short period I have realized the absolute importance of the first sergeant to the well being of the squadron.The day after I started running the squadron I was in the shirt's office asking questions, and there have been very few days gone by that I haven't called, emailed or talked