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Default Air Force Logo We can’t all be Washingtons
Growing up, I never considered myself a patriot. Patriots were people who I placed on a pedestal so high I would never reach them. When I thought of patriots, the images that came to mind are probably a lot of the same ones you have: our founding fathers, the men and women who fought on the front lines in the great conflicts of their time and who
0 7/15
2014
Default Air Force Logo Drive out fear: Of failure, of embarrassment, of not knowing what to do
We've all felt that sinking, gut-wrenching sensation telling us, "You don't have what it takes," or in the worst case, "I'd be better off somewhere else." Fear is a natural reaction to uncertainty, danger, and unexpected change. Fear in the duty section can shut us down, even today. I recall a day, when I was a captain, when my boss screamed at me,
0 7/08
2014
Default Air Force Logo Where is your ‘third place?’
Sometimes, being at our best means taking down time. Many of us consider ourselves high-performers at work and at home. We get up every day and charge on, without taking the time to truly be at our best.In today's Air Force, we can not afford to keep up that pattern. We are not machines -- we are people -- and people are at their best when they are
0 7/01
2014
Default Air Force Logo Change is nothing new
As I finish my time here as the 320th Missile Squadron Director of Operations, I've been able to reflect on the last two years. It has certainly been an interesting two years. A great deal has happened and has driven historic changes. Change is never easy, but it is nothing new for this base.From the first time I was assigned to F.E. Warren AFB in
0 6/23
2014
Default Air Force Logo Effective adaptability — how can you become a better leader?
We all know people who can quickly adjust to any situation they are put in. They possess a quality we all need--effective adaptability. Author Allan Calarco of Adaptability: Responding Effectively to Change, defines this as the ability to adjust to an unexpected situation by actively seeking information and demonstrating openness and support of
0 6/16
2014
Default Air Force Logo Make the most of the hand you’re dealt
I arrived on F.E. Warren just over a year ago fresh out of the Public Affairs course at the Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Md. I had stars in my eyes, and I was ready to begin my career as a public affairs specialist. But where I was eager and willing to begin my new job, I had the concerns of being stationed somewhere unknown. From the
0 6/09
2014
Default Air Force Logo Leading, following AND getting out of the way
Several years ago, I saw a T-shirt in a store that read "Lead, follow or get out of the way." Right next to it was another shirt described the advantages of being the "lead sled dog" (hint: it has to do with the view). The message was clear, it is better to be a leader than a follower.Taking leadership advice from )T-shirts isn't a good idea. While
0 5/28
2014
Default Air Force Logo Staying strong through the power of positive
From gravity bombs and cruise missiles to Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, the U.S. nuclear arsenal is incredibly diverse. As Nuclear Weapons Warriors, it is our job to inspect, maintain, repair, modify and test every aspect of our arsenal. It takes cool nerves and extreme mental discipline to do our jobs. These weapons are a major component of
0 5/28
2014
Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, Air Force Clobal Strike Command commander Lasting legacies
Service and sacrifice are common bonds that unite us across generations with those who served before. Memorial Day is a special time for all Americans to reflect on the legacies of the men and women who've made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States military.To honor these men and women, it is our duty to ensure that their
0 5/21
2014
Default Air Force Logo Comfort and Courage 101
I had the distinct honor of attending the U.S Marine Corps, Staff NCO Academy Advanced Course at Camp Pendleton, San Diego, Calif. in January. The first sight of a crowd of Marines created an immediate nervousness in my stomach. I started to wonder if I had prepared myself for the HOO-RAH shouting, snake-eating devil dog's who were awaiting my
0 5/20
2014
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