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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 ×

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Commentary: Ascending to spiritually mature leadership

Commentary: Ascending to spiritually mature leadership

Imagine for a moment a four-tiered fountain. The bottom basin is broad, but shallow, and each next higher level of the fountain gets progressively narrower, but deeper, until the narrowest and deepest tier at the top of the fountain. Representing stages of spiritual maturity, each next tier up the fountain […]

February 12, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Flip the script

When the clock tolled midnight and the calendar flipped to a new year last month, I know I was not alone in my eagerness to say, “Good riddance!” to 2020 — a most challenging and dismal year in many ways. We are all too familiar with the litany of hurdles […]

February 5, 2021 ×

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Commentary: leading through adversity

Commentary: leading through adversity

Am I the only one that thought 2020 was a crazy, yet revealing year? From the COVID-19 pandemic, the wildfires that plagued Australia, the missile attack on Balad Air Base, the untimely death of the great Kobe Bryant, to the numerous protests of the racial injustice that struck the United […]

January 29, 2021 ×

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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 ×