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  • The "not my problem" problem

    In an Air Force where being a leader at all levels is highly encouraged, it is becoming increasingly disturbing to me that people just do not seem to care. They are so focused on their particular area of responsibility, that when something new or unknown arises, they routinely brush it off as "not my problem." While this obviously does not apply to
  • Do your goals match your dreams?

    As a young man I grew up in a not so great area of San Antonio, Texas.  My parents were not perfect people but they did invest in me.  They taught me the basics and to be a man of my word. We were a family of little means but my parents instilled values and morals in me.  I say this to bring to light a trend that I have seen in today's youth.   As
  • Get out of the Dorms

    One of the biggest issues with today's generation is getting out of bed and away from electronics.  That said, the military today is no different. Any Airman living in the dorms what plans they have for the weekend, most of the time you will get an answer similar to "Videogames and Netflix."  Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that but
  • Honest Feedback

    In each of our offices or shops, we work alongside some of the brightest and hardest working people in the world. We work long hours in all types of adverse conditions together. In our downtime, we get to know each other and each other's families personally. We build relationships, dare I say friendships, with those with whom we serve. Part of it
  • #YOLO

    While unpacking from another permanent change of station, I came across a folder filled with clippings I have been carrying around with me since my early days in the Air Force.  Flipping through it, I stopped on one of my favorites, a commentary written 18 years ago by Army Colonel Mark Blum. In the piece entitled "Important vs. Urgent", Colonel
  • Why do you serve?

    What we saw on the morning of September 11, 2001, changed America forever. This was an unprovoked murder of 3,000 people, simply because they were American. There was a story written about a two year old girl named Christine Lee Hanson which hits home when I read it because I have a two year old daughter. Christine Lee Hanson was on her way to
  • Balance

    Whether we're talking about our life, family, or career, it boils down to balance.  Having a healthy balance is the only way that we can sustain effectiveness.  I can recall times as a young officer when working 14 hours a day was common.  There are times when the mission will drive us to work extended hours, but it shouldn't be the norm.  Getting
  • Leadership is for the Colonel

    "Hey, Senior Airman Chance you are taking over the flight training program because we are undermanned and the dart I threw pierced your name. Call the help desk and schedule an appointment with the Wing commander so he can motivate you to not fail with this responsibility the dart chose for you." Now all I have to do is make sure my troop dots the
  • Comfort Zone

    When was the last time you stepped outside of your comfort zone?  I was recently asked to assume a new leadership position which involves duties and responsibilities that I have never done before, and yes, I panicked.  I have spent my career honing my skills to be the best dental lab technician I can be.  When I was asked to be a flight chief for a
  • The “I” in Airman

    It is often spoken that each one of us is important to our mission. It may seem cliché when you hear it, but think about the impact of that statement. I am one of many Master Sergeants on this base and the same can go for any rank. So how is it that so much value placed on each of us?  Why am I such an important piece of the mission that happens
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