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  • Living a life of gratitude

    A long time ago – at least it feels like forever ago when I was still wearing a uniform - I worked with a very eccentric chief petty officer (that’s a Navy E-7 to all you Air Force folks).During the time we worked together, we had endless discussions on life, music and the Navy. Yet one conversation stuck with me and likely will for life.He had a
  • Lead selflessly

    When I was asked to write a leadership commentary, nearly two dozen topics instantly launched into my head, swimming around with stories and anecdotes of which could have the best impact, which could truly influence the reader and others which could teach and improve our Airmen. Things like: genuine care for people, respect, trust, empathy,
  • Z's Take on Leadership

    A few years ago, at one of my Professional Military Education seminars, I heard a guest speaker note, “Good leadership is easy to spot, and the concept itself is not that complex; yet, it so hard to do.”  To this day, I cannot recall the guest speaker’s name, but his words stood out to me so much that I wrote them in my notebook. I could not agree
  • Why I Am Disinterested In Your Political Beliefs

    With the 2020 elections less than a week away, I would like to take this opportunity to remind our active duty military and Department of the Air Force civilians of their obligations to follow U.S. law, Department of Defense directives and Air Force instructions, which set clear limitations on participation in political activities. The most
  • Positive Change

    General Dwight D. Eisenhower once said that leadership is the ability to get someone to do something you want done because they want to do it.The quote is one that I wasn’t aware of until I saw it etched into the first going away gift I ever received. I spent the first 3 years of my career at Hurlburt Field, Florida, working as the Logistics
  • Meet your ... School Liaison

    There are many stressors associated with being a parent in the military. The good news is that there is a person here at F.E. Warren who can help eliminate some of that stress.The Child and Youth Education Services School Liaison, Nancy Warner, is committed to outreach, advocacy, and partnership initiatives that provide solutions to
  • I don’t treat everyone the same…now let me explain

    I don’t treat everyone the same…now let me explain.  I do treat everyone with dignity and respect.  That’s whether you are an Airman 1st Class or a Lt. Col., the squadron’s commander’s support staff or the group commander, a government civilian employee or the UPS driver dropping off a package at building 1292.  What I’m getting at by saying “I
  • Empathy: Pass it on

    During this unique time, it is easy for people to get overwhelmed. From the pandemic to current race relations to the upcoming election, it appears that no matter where you look, there is something about each topic, good, bad or indifferent. All the animosity in the U.S. coupled with everyday life can be too much for some or bring out emotions and
  • Missed opportunities, lifetime of regret

    The day before one of my best friends tried to take his own life, he was laughing, joking and goofing around like he usually did.It was a normal March Florida day in 2001, and several of us were hanging out after class. We talked about the upcoming football season, the ongoing hockey season and whatever else came to mind.Though nearly everything
  • The Open Door

    “I have an open door policy” is something that we have all heard many times from leaders at every level across the Air Force. While this is a common phrase, how often is it truly meant?I strongly feel that leaders need to be accessible to those they lead. This can be done many ways, from visits to your work centers, presence on the job site, office