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  • Are you a situational leader?

    If you've been to any form of Air Force Professional Military Education, you have undoubtedly learned about situational leadership or spent some time studying the four-quadrant model created by behavioral theorists Paul Hersey and Kenneth H. Blanchard. I'm not going to broach those details here, however the subject has always intrigued me because
  • Effective communication is vital to success

    On March 3, 1847, Alexander Graham Bell was born. He is credited with inventing the telephone. On March 10, 2008, the 30th Space Communications Squadron cut the ribbon for the Combat Information Transport System, or CITS. It is a $27 million fiber optic infrastructure installation funded by Air Force Space Command. CITS is a Synchronous Optical
  • Don’t forget the Golden Rule … of customer service

    Most everyone has heard of the "Golden Rule", a famous quote in the New Testament of the Bible which states, "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you" (Matthew 7:12). This quote is a great reminder of how we should treat others in every aspect of our lives and is especially true as we pursue a Culture of Excellence. One
  • State of readiness important in expedition operations

    An essential element of being a "Strategic Airmen" is maintaining a high state of readiness and being prepared to answer the nation's call when tasked to deploy. It is important to note that the number of deployments, average deployment tour lengths, and predeployment training requirements are on the rise. In fact, over 500 Vandenberg Hawks have
  • Ten rules of followership

    We read books and articles regarding the characteristics and traits of a good leader. But we seldom read about what it takes to serve as a good follower - a highly relevant subject to all men and women of our Air Force. It is a responsibility no less important than that of a leader and it enables good leadership. Further, it is a given that we are
  • Charity Auction-the brats, the spouses and the Air Force need you

    It is almost here--the Vandenberg Spouses Club Annual Charity Auction to raise scholarship money for military dependants and spouses, as well as other worthy causes. It kicks off at 6 p.m. on March 15 at the Pacific Coast Club.We have a ton of awesome stuff to auction off. Let me give you a sample of the items: hotel and entertainment packages,
  • A Culture of Excellence through customer service

    Most Airmen in the 30th Space Wing have heard the phrase "Culture of Excellence" recently. Leadership is talking about it and I know some units discussed it on our last Wingman Day. But what do we mean when we talk about creating a "Culture of Excellence?" Let's take a look. According to Webster's Dictionary, culture is "the customary beliefs,
  • What a Culture of Excellence looks like

    In June 1997, for the first time, the Air Force published its Core Values - Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do. The core values are a touchstone for all of us as Airmen in today's Air Force. One of the things the core values do is challenge us to establish a culture of excellence. In fact, the "Little Blue Book"
  • African-American heritage is American heritage

    In the 1920s, Dr. Carter G. Woodson concluded that if African-Americans were to take their rightful place in society, young Americans of all races needed to learn about African-American contributions to our history and culture.In 1926, he launched the first Black History Week. Today, a movement that originally began in churches and schoolrooms is
  • What is a Wingman?

    I've designated 24 Jan as a Wingman Day, which drives the question, "What is a wingman?" A wingman is someone who looks out for their fellow Airmen. This Wingman Day recognizes that we just surpassed 100 days with no DUIs in the wing. I believe this is evidence that the "wingman culture" has truly taken take root in the 30th Space Wing.The