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Commentary: Pearls of leadership philosophy

Commentary: Pearls of leadership philosophy

I’ve been in positions of leadership most of my career, and during those years, I’ve learned extensively about the difference, in my opinion, between a bad leader and a good leader. Some of those lessons I learned the hard way, through trial and error and humbly overcoming those mistakes. But […]

January 15, 2021 ×

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Commentary: How Leaders lead through COVID

Commentary: How Leaders lead through COVID

Daily life has changed in almost every way since the COVID pandemic began; however, the fundamentals of leadership have not. The common leadership pillars of communication, trust, and respect are still critical and require a little creative thinking during this very different time. I would argue they are needed even […]

December 18, 2020 ×

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Commentary: Ramstein chaplains implement FaithWorks

Commentary: Ramstein chaplains implement FaithWorks

Nothing tests religious beliefs more than the situations our Airmen face throughout the course of their service. Providing pastoral care and counseling to those of faith, and those of no faith, Air Force chaplains are religious ministry professionals who support the spiritual resilience of our Airmen all over the world. […]

December 11, 2020 ×

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Commentary: The Empowerment Imperative

Commentary: The Empowerment Imperative

In one of those “right place at the right time” moments, I was in the EUCOM Operations Center in April 2018 to witness the launch of a combined US and Allied missile strike on Syria in response to a Syrian chemical weapons attack on civilians. From this vantage point, I […]

December 4, 2020 ×

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Leadership Thoughts

Leadership Thoughts

One of my favorite things about the military is our focus on people, which drives us to spend a lot of time developing others. I’ve picked up a lesson or two over the years and I try to pass on tidbits to my team to help them find their way […]

November 26, 2020 ×

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Three questions for your journey

Three questions for your journey

I have the privilege of meeting with Airmen every day. Sometimes it is for joyful events such as promotions or awards, but other times it is for more deliberate counseling or course corrections. Whatever the circumstance, I find that the conversation eventually evolves to the point where I ask some […]

November 6, 2020 ×

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Southside Gym no-shows: Why?

When the pandemic began, public places, such as the Southside Fitness Center, closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

July 9, 2020 ×

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A message from 86 AW Command Team on racism, discrimination

To the men and women of the 86th Airlift Wing and Team Ramstein:

Like many of you, Chief Rendon and I have been monitoring the wave of protests that have spread from Minneapolis, through the United States and across the world as citizens demand justice for the killing of George Floyd and an end to systemic racial discrimination.

June 4, 2020 ×

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A bass guitar sits in Kaiserslautern, Germany, April 8, 2020. For many tackling a goal is easier said than done and may require more motivation and resources. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak)

Stuck in a goal: Starting & continuing ambitions

As I tediously sit in my home after having second breakfast, watching three back-to-back movie marathons and admiring my stubbly telework beard, I realize these are things I used to get excited about before the coronavirus disease 2019 restrictions were implemented.

April 23, 2020 ×

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Lessons through mistakes

I have a couple scars across my body.

The one on my knee is from going down a gravel road in shorts, on a brake-less bike.

October 31, 2019 ×