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  • Embrace diversity: Living Martin Luther King’s dream

    You've heard these words or phrases before ... Bridge Barriers, Strengthen Communities, Drum Major for Justice, Empower Individuals, Unity, Purpose, Value, Justice, Dignity, Compassion ... Sound familiar? Those are just a few of the things that Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought and strived to accomplish. We celebrate and honor MLK because
  • Learning from experience: Success begins with education and training

    Coming from an Air Force family, I already had a pretty good idea what the Air Force was all about before I joined, or so I thought. Passed on to me by my father, I have been deeply embedded with Air Force ethos, the importance and value of education and training. My father, Lt. Col. Kenneth Bauer Jr., retired after his 20 years in service, but has
  • Training and education: Time for growth

    Every decision or complicated situation we face brings to bear all of our beliefs, attitudes, values, experiences and education. The fewer the experiences, the easier the decision, right? Unfortunately, with the ever-changing, increasingly complex military environment facing us, inexperience is a luxury we cannot have if we want to stay ahead of
  • Good to be the 'bad guy'

    I once worked with a senior master sergeant who I often praised for his willingness to be "the most-hated man in the room." This comment always did two things: shock everyone within earshot and bring a smile to his face. Most of the people who heard me say this simply thought I was insulting him, but he knew it was my way of saying thank you.
  • Compassion

    Our Air Force leadership has declared this year to be "The Year of Leadership." In December the leadership theme is Compassion. It may appear strange to some that an organization with extreme military might would focus on compassion, but great acts of compassion surround us. Leaders without compassion are bullies. Compassion is a combination of
  • Bicycle helmets required

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men Couldn't put Humpty together again. Guess what? The same logic applies to bicycles, scooters, roller blades, skateboards and other "non-motorized transportation devices." All it takes is one bad spill and all of Uncle Sam's vast medical science
  • The compassionate leader

    First things first. Everyone is a leader. Everyone has the power to influence others. Therefore, what I have to say applies to everyone. No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. Trite ... but true, if you stop and think about it. That's compassion. Leaders gain legitimacy by paying thoughtful attention to the needs of
  • Stay safe through hectic holidays

    Happy holidays! We are now in the middle of the holiday season, a time when all of the pressures of our busy schedules come together. The pressures of the office, the family, and social events with friends all demand more time than we have available. While this is my favorite time of the year, it is also one of the most hectic. Good planning is one
  • Early lesson in integrity

    When you're 10 years old and two police officers show you their badges while asking where you're going, even at such a young age you know you'll remember that moment forever. It was 1987, the year in which my interests were Garbage Pail Kids, baseball cards, video games and girls ... in that order. And just as I was too shy to talk to the girls, I
  • Of freedom and those who pay its price

    Not all holidays are created equal. I believe that some have much greater significance than others; among them are Veteran's Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day, days set aside for honoring those who paid the price of freedom. Those who, like the prophet Isaiah, stepped forward and said, "Here am I ... send me!" What will you be doing on Nov. 11
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