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Weasel Weigh-in
  • 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
  • How cooking spaghetti became part of my leadership philosophy

    Part of coming into command is developing your leadership philosophy. I wanted mine to incorporate the wisdom I had gleaned from mentors and past experiences. I also wanted the concept to be something memorable, like the “Six Sides of the Dice” philosophy by Lt. Gen. Robert Allardice, a previous Air Mobility Command vice commander.   These lessons
  • Shaw Weasel role in close air support

    During a recent informal poll around the 20th Fighter Wing, I found roughly 77 percent of Shaw Airmen know and generally understand the primary mission of the 20th FW.   We are the nation's premier suppression of enemy air defenses wing with three fighter squadrons and 77 F-16CM Fighting Falcons ready to execute SEAD when called upon. Clearly, it
  • Reintegration from start to finish

    After a lot of self-reflection, I realized I got this wrong. Several deployments, throw in a couple of remote assignments, I still got it wrong. I thought we were prepared; “the family is used to it, right? They have done it all before, it will be over before we know it. We got this!”  These were the thoughts going through my mind when I found out
  • Put your name on it

    Many people hear the term accountability and immediately make it a synonym for punishment or discipline. We often hear the phrase “You will be held accountable for your actions,” and it does not normally follow a good decision made by someone. It has turned the word accountable into a negative term. Some dictionaries even define it that way. However, if we want to encourage autonomous decision making and empower our Airmen, then we must de-link the term accountability from punishment and promote accountability as a desired action. Personal accountability will ultimately lead the individual to ownership of the job or task and that is when incredible happens in our line of work.