Post Tagged with: "Commentary"

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Holistic fitness and resilience is essential every day

by Capt. Diego Torres 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron

I recently achieved one of my lifelong career goals. As a flight nurse evaluator, I was afforded the rare opportunity to compete for the Army’s Expert Field Medical Badge. Medical personnel consider the EFMB one of the most difficult and prestigious skill badges a military medical technician can earn.

August 21, 2015 ×

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Team versus individuals; fostering team success

by Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Kernodle 786th Civil Engineer Squadron chief enlisted manager

Are we creating a culture of “team” or one of “individuals”? As leaders, we are expected to develop effective, efficient teams and merge the talents of our subordinates. However, it’s easy to shift our focus toward individual recognition, and it has the potential to come at the expense of team success.

August 13, 2015 ×

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Ownership: the core of units, processes, self

by Capt. John-Paul P. Adrian 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron interim commander

Ownership is at the core of a majority of our successes and failures — in the military, professional careers and our personal lives. Ownership remains at the core of these ebbs and flows.

July 30, 2015 ×

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35 days in command … and six years of separation

by Brig. Gen. Jon T. “Ty” Thomas 86th Airlift Wing commander

It’s great to be back at Ramstein! As a prior Commander of the 86th Operations Group and Deputy Commander of the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center 2006-2009, I absolutely enjoyed the people, the mission and the privilege of living and working here at Ramstein Air Base.

July 23, 2015 ×

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Air Force members grow with change

by Lt. Col. John Hansen 86th Comptroller Squadron commander

Over many decades, the Air Force has emphasized continuous process improvement. In the beginning of my career, the process was called Total Quality Management. Then it transformed to Lean Six Sigma before finally changing into Air Force Smart Operations in the 21st century. Process improvement is always with us.

July 16, 2015 ×

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Embrace the Service, serve our great nation

by Chief Master Sgt. Chris Moore 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing, command chief

As I prepare for retirement after 28 years and depart Ramstein Air Base and Germany at the end of the month, I was asked to reflect on my career.

July 9, 2015 ×

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Mordente bids farewell to Ramstein, Airmen

by Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente 86th Airlift Wing commander

Ramstein is a different beast. As my tour comes to an end, I feel honored and privileged to have led the United States Air Force’s premier power projection platform, an installation that serves as the central hub for all military operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

June 11, 2015 ×

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Leadership CRM – ‘What do you think?’

by Lt. Col. Daniel Mangan 76th Airlift Squadron commander

Crew Resource Management is a vital tool used in aviation to ensure people’s skills and inputs are optimized to maximize safe, effective operations. This tool, or training procedure, is the cornerstone of safe operations in crew aircraft.

May 28, 2015 ×

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Unfamiliar territory: my memorable introduction to RAB

by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

A new life was waiting for me. At 19 years old, I was leaving everything I had grown to love or learn to live with: my friends, my family and my home. I was anxious to get on the plane, but I couldn’t leave without one last hug from my parents. It wasn’t like the quick hugs I’d give to my friends before we enjoyed our weekends from school. This time I embraced my mom and held her, ignoring the occasional glance from a passing stranger in the bustling airport around me.

May 7, 2015 ×

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Recognizing the volunteer force

by Lt. Col. Thomas Ausherman 86th Force Support Squadron commander

The elimination of the draft in 1973 marked the beginning of an all-volunteer force in the U.S. military, but that’s not the volunteer force I would like to address.

April 30, 2015 ×