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Commentary: On an island, leading adaptive Airmen…Ready to execute

Commentary: On an island, leading adaptive Airmen…Ready to execute

My leadership philosophy wasn’t developed overnight; it is rooted in my parent’s investment in my childhood, sharing in my father’s 30 years of service to the Air Force, nurtured with my own life experiences and mentored by a handful of fine general officers. My childhood bestowed upon me the ability […]

June 4, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Crisis in perspective

Commentary: Crisis in perspective

Living in the time of a pandemic has been a draining exercise for us all, but if we take a step back for a moment there are some truly useful observations to be garnered. At the outset it’s worth pointing out that as Americans in the 21st century we are […]

May 28, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Where mission meets might: 86 AW and 786 CES

Commentary: Where mission meets might: 86 AW and 786 CES

Over the course of the past year, my fellow 86th Airlift Wing squadron commanders have provided leadership insight from their experiences in command. I wanted to take this opportunity to build upon their insight and expand it by highlighting the leadership opportunities that are brought forth to the Airmen of […]

May 21, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Keep the conversation going

Commentary: Keep the conversation going

As we all reflect back on our own Extremism Stand-down experiences, it is vital that we keep the conversation open. We have to keep asking questions, keep engaging with each other, most important of all, keep learning and growing. I would argue that few, if any of us, have “arrived.” […]

May 14, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Follow my lead

Commentary: Follow my lead

“What type of parent do I want to be?” is the question many of us face when approaching the prospect of parenthood. I believe the answer to this question is found in the answer to another question: “What kind of child am I hoping to raise?” My wife and I […]

May 7, 2021 ×

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Commentary: The accountability factor

Our society loves buzzwords. Many people often gravitate to speaking the language of the latest trend or fad, while attempting to capitalize on those words in a variety of ways. As I sat with this thought, I began to focus on some of the words that circulate in my circles […]

April 30, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Core leadership attributes from the Ramstein Staff Judge Advocate

“What is your leadership philosophy?” This was the question put to me shortly after I found out that I would be taking over as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 86th Airlift Wing. I previously led two small legal offices, as well as teams of legal experts, but never a […]

April 9, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Balancing accelerated change with resilient Airmen

Commentary: Balancing accelerated change with resilient Airmen

For years, “do more with less” was the refrain heard throughout every career field in the U.S. Air Force. As missions expanded and global security requirements remained high, we have continually asked our people to push themselves further. In August 2020, Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Charles […]

March 26, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Anytime is a good time for tea…

Commentary: Anytime is a good time for tea…

If you are a tea lover or have been around the tea culture, it should be no surprise to you when it comes to the social significance placed on serving and having tea. Tea symbolizes hospitality, community, and family tradition. Tea connoisseur Mary Lou Heiss once said, “A simple cup […]

March 12, 2021 ×

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Leading through grief

Leading through grief

“Why am I so sad today?” a leader remarked in the middle of a meeting. We were discussing the updated pandemic restrictions, how to lead in this challenging environment and how to instill some hope. His comment reflected a common emotion; this feeling of sadness and hopelessness, despite that everything […]

February 26, 2021 ×