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  • July 4 is time for family, fun, safety

    The Forth of July is very special to me, when my family and I join the rest of the nation in celebration of the freedoms we hold so dear. As people who dedicate our lives to protecting those freedoms, we share a sense of how important our responsibility is to keeping our country safe--for us and for our families.That responsibility is not easy. We
  • Passion and caring preserves

    As I started to think about writing this article, I asked myself what I look for in an Airman (meaning all ranks) and what I believe has allowed me the success I've had in my career. I say that because I believe I have the best job in the Air Force--squadron commander.Obviously, we are influenced by our family upbringing and surroundings. Col
  • Do not become weary

    There's a famous quote in the New Testament of the Bible which states, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9. This quote is a great reminder to all of us that, as we approach Labor Day and the end of the 101 Critical Days of Summer, we should not grow weary in our
  • I am the leader I am today because...

    A couple years ago, at a previous medical group promotion ceremony, our deputy group commander gave some of her perspectives on leadership. She borrowed one theme from US Coast Guard Admiral James Loy in 1993: "I am the leader I am today because...." Of the several reasons ADM Loy gave were his role models. These are some of the role models in my
  • What the Airman's Creed Means to Me

    I am an American Airman. I didn't realize I was an Airman until I deployed with the Army. Although we serve toward the same end, I found the Army's culture very "grounded." As Airmen we are brought up with a far ranging vision. We project power. We are encouraged to spread our wings, take chances, and think outside the box. I love the Airman's
  • Leadership philosophy from my perspective

    Leadership is "job one" for all Air Force members. It is also fundamental to every organization including church and youth groups, non-profit organizations, small and large businesses, and any other entity united by common interest. Most successful organizations enjoy even more success with effective leaders at all levels within the
  • All it takes is a mentoring moment

    As I thought about taking command of my first squadron, I reflected back to all the people that had mentored me throughout my career thus far. The faces and words became visible and vibrant again.There is one mentor (my first) that comes to mind and stays at the forefront of my thoughts--Col. Oswaldo Mullins. I was a second lieutenant and he was my
  • Warfit should be Lifefit

    Warfit isn't just for passing a physical fitness test or staying in shape for deployment. There are many benefits to regular exercise that we've all heard for many years. It reduces stress, helps with weight loss, and improves overall health. We all know exercise is good for us, but sometimes it can be difficult to stay committed to a regular
  • I-N-T-E-G-R-I-T-Y: an acronym for professionals

    Based on the title and before you even start reading this article, I'm sure some of you are saying, "Oh boy, here they go again ... not another commentary from leadership about the Air Force's core values ... please!" O.K., before you quit reading and walk away from your computer, let me promise you the following: I'm giving away a free steak
  • Leadership: art of influence, not force

    Your supervisor comes into the office and demands that you have Airman Jones' enlisted performance report finished by close of business "or else!" So, you do as you're told. It's not your best effort, but at least the boss will be off your back.Months later, your new supervisor tells you he really wants you to finish Airman Smith's EPR today. He