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  • 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

  • Preventing suicide - starting with myself

    Note: This commentary was originally published Sept. 6, 2018.     There is rarely a day that passes when I do not think of ending my own life.     Some days, my depression is an overwhelming weight to bear and it takes nearly everything I have just to push the thoughts away and get on with my

  • The world today

    Maintenance Nation,First and foremost we want to say how proud we are of all the work you have done in the last few months.  You have NO idea the amount of accolades we get from 20th AF and AFGSC on the job you have done during these trying times. Chief Mayberry and I are so lucky to be part of such

  • Teleworking Resiliency Skills

    Who would have thought three months ago that I would be doing my job while working from home? I never would have dreamed it, but the reality is that a lot of us are doing just that. Another fact is that while teleworking, it can become very easy for every day to seem like Groundhog Day. The days

  • Someone's always there to talk to

    Perhaps the hustle and bustle of Air Force life has your head spinning or the new way of life created by the current pandemic has you in need of someone to talk to.The Military and Family Life Counseling Program is always there for you and your family members.“F.E. Warren has three licensed MFLC

  • Staying fit during chaotic times

    During this time of craziness, it's easy to get down in the dumps. You're cooped up at home and you're not able to get out to do the things you normally would.In my case, I would be going to the gym and riding motorcycles with my friends, but I can't right now (dang you COVID). However, that doesn't

  • Hoaxes, cyberattacks and scams - oh my!

    During this COVID-19 outbreak, we face unprecedented challenges touching every aspect of our lives.  This has brought out the best in many of us, including McConnell’s military and civilian personnel and their families. Sadly, these challenges also provide an opportunity to bad actors looking to

  • Caring Through Chaos

    The world has seemingly plunged into unprecedented turmoil, with fear and uncertainty driving behavior that would be unlikely never be seen in “normal times.”COVID-19, or the coronavirus, has thrust the U.S. into a state of mind that has been at times unsettling, but at least in some instances,

  • The importance of followership

    Our society embraces the pursuit of leadership.  If you want to be successful in the military, you need to be a strong leader, right?  Read any performance report, and you will have the highlights of a person’s demonstrated leadership.   If we are all leaders, who are we leading?  Leadership is

  • Selfless Leadership

    When I was asked to write a leadership commentary, instantly, nearly two dozen topicslaunched into my head all swimming around with stories and anecdotes of which could have the bestimpact, which could truly influence the reader, and which could teach and improve our Airmen.  Thingslike: genuine

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