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  • The John Challenge

    John changed my life. Who is John? He is the most courageous man I have ever met.To be honest, I really do not know him well. I only met him for ten minutes; nevertheless, those ten minutes had a profound impact.The day I met John, I was in pain and had not slept for days. I had severe stomach cramps and was in the hospital waiting room
  • Strengthening relationships key to success

    As a tenant unit commander at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, I’d like to begin by thanking the 20th Fighter Wing’s leadership for offering me the opportunity to “weigh-in” on a topic that I believe is important and to contribute to Team Shaw’s success.
  • Stay on target

    Years ago, I took a leadership class that covered multiple successful leaders in business. What set them apart was their problem solving skills and being able to get the job done. Most of the lesson was standard leadership and management philosophies that we have all heard or read about; however, the instructor piqued my interest when he started to discuss the leadership lessons in the movie, “Star Wars.”
  • Building winning teams through connectivity

    Coach Mike Smith, former Atlanta Falcons head coach, wrote a book titled “You Win in the Locker Room First.” It describes how to build a winning team in businesses, sports and life.In chapter five of his book, Smith says that “team beats talent when talent isn’t team.”Two of the best teams I have seen in my life were the 1980 U.S. hockey team and
  • Maintaining aircraft control

    “Maintain aircraft control, analyze the situation, take the proper actions,” is a mantra that is ingrained into young pilots’ minds while going through the initial phase of pilot training.
  • Rapid, Ready Weasels

    Gen. Mike Holmes, Air Combat Command commander, stated “every Airman’s job is to control and exploit the air. Whether you’re flying or fixing something, providing intelligence for it, making identification cards, or drawing blood in the hospital, everything you do every day is designed to help us control and exploit the air.”
  • WINNING

    During a recent Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) mission with the 79th Fighter Squadron Tigers, the flight lead’s overall objective for the mission - written on the top of his briefing boards - was to “Win.” We also see the word Win in our Commander’s Intent when we say that we must Win the Current Fight and be Ready to Win the Next Fight.We
  • The front line supervisor: teacher, mentor, leader

    As I take time to pause on this Veterans Day to reflect on our nation’s heroes, thoughts of sacrifice, mission dedication and unwavering commitment constantly resonate through me. There are far too many warriors to name, numerous missions to highlight and so many thanks to give; however, there is one group of steely eyed warriors that I must thank
  • Rewarding Risk, It’s a Must Do

    Why do we not reward unsuccessful risk? Strange question, right? We constantly encourage our Airmen to take risk, tell them it’s ok to fail, to look for new ways to do things, and to challenge the status quo; so why is it strange for us to hear “reward unsuccessful risk-taking?” The current fiscal environment, at best, is unpredictable with yet
  • When asked ‘Are you religious?’

    Instantly I am on guard. In front of the rest of the wedding party at my best friend’s weeklong celebration, I am asked this question.“Are you religious?”If I say yes, I feel like I would be stereotyped as the morality police, whacking people each time they take a sip from their coozy. If I say no, I can envision God parting the clouds, pointing
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