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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 ×

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Make it the team you want!

by Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Guzman U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa Command First Sergeant Setting and sustaining a positive organizational culture is often associated with organizational leaders, business owners and project champions. A multitude of articles, books and studies exist on the importance and primary responsibility […]

June 13, 2019 ×

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Five Leadership Qualities … Do you have them?

Five Leadership Qualities … Do you have them?

by Tech. Sgt. J. Smith 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Integrity, empowerment, managerial competence with excellent communication skills, compassion with sincere enthusiasm, and being a servant leader are five leadership qualities individuals should strive to possess. If you ask someone the definition of integrity you will probably receive an answer […]

May 2, 2019 ×

Commentary, News

Revitalizing squadrons: A commander’s perspective

by Lt. Col. Peter Aguirre, 381st Training Support Squadron

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  — Over the course of a 20-year career, I have experienced some challenges at the squadron level due to decisions made by higher headquarters staff personnel that have negatively impacted squadrons or go against what a commander might think is best for their squadron.

April 12, 2018 ×