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Commentary: Harness your experience

Commentary: Harness your experience

My alarm went off around 3:45 a.m. My gear was ready, and I quickly put on my base layers and hut sandals. I carried my bag and gear and left them outside the dining room. It was breakfast time. To me, eating is absolutely essential to climbing and I overeat […]

August 13, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Genuine community plus personal excellence equals achievement

Commentary: Genuine community plus personal excellence equals achievement

by Maj. Matthew McWhirter
786th Force Support Squadron commander

Leading is challenging due to the very thing that makes us the world’s greatest Air Force, diversity. However, it is because of diversity that we continue to challenge the norms and push beyond our adversaries. In fact, the joy of diversity is that we are not all the same. We do not all think alike. We do not all have the same desires and we do not all have the same motivations. While that is not a revolutionary concept by any stretch of the imagination, it highlights that leading cannot be a one-size-fits-all ordeal and it is incumbent on the leader to know, embrace and understand this concept to lead successfully.

July 22, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Leadership — choose your journey

Commentary: Leadership — choose your journey

by Col. Alison T. Forsythe
86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron commander

There are three tenants that I live by; choose your journey, don’t accept “no” and fight for what you believe in. Bottom line never give up on you. Throughout your life you will face challenges and may even feel like you are standing alone, but never give up on yourself […]

July 15, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Attitude is everything

by Master Sgt. Joseluis Paucar
First Sergeant, 496th Air Base Squadron

There is a great quote by Charles R. Swindoll that states “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”. This quote has resonated with me as I look back at my 20-year career. Like many of you, I feel like I’m a completely different […]

July 8, 2021 ×

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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 ×