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Default Air Force Logo What makes an organization successful?
As I spend time looking through the dozens of leadership books that fill the shelves of bookstores everywhere, both physical and electronic, it amazes me how many different "experts" have the solution for building the perfect organization. Whether it's creating the best multi-million dollar corporation, local franchise restaurant or Boy Scout
0 1/22
2013
Default Air Force Logo It’s all about family
You heard it when you arrived: "Welcome to the Wolf Pack Family." Or maybe you've heard people talk about the Air Force Family. When I speak with the Airmen in the Operations Group, I speak about being a family. So why do Air Force leaders refer to family when we talk about our organization? I can't speak for others, but I can tell you why I
0 1/14
2013
Default Air Force Logo Give thanks in every circumstance
As I was dealing with emotions in response to the third crazy event of the day -- I reflected on a lesson I was taught as a child -- "give thanks in every circumstance."Returning to my room, I thought about where I was a year ago, in Iraq with U.S. Special Forces closing bases and drawing down the United States' presence after eight years of
0 12/05
2012
Default Air Force Logo Attitude and Action
The United States Air Force Academy invited me to speak to the cadet wing in 2008. At that time I didn't realize the topic of my discussion would be so relevant to my Air Force career and specifically to my time as a commander. The Air Force currently finds itself depicted in an unflattering light in the national news and is struggling in a period
0 11/28
2012
Default Air Force Logo Relationships facilitate mission success
A mentor of mine once said, "Relationships matter, that's how we get things done in the Air Force." My squadron recently deployed to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska to conduct training on one of our nation's premier air-to-surface bombing ranges in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. Among other tasks, our training plan involved conducting close
0 11/25
2012
Default Air Force Logo For this, we can be truly thankful
The Pilgrims landed in the New World in the winter of 1621. We celebrate their arrival in our history classes and their survival at our Thanksgiving tables every year. But how often do we consider their struggle to survive and their faith that saw them through? Of the 109 that landed that day, almost half were dead before the next fall. In fact,
0 11/14
2012
Default Air Force Logo The pain of isolation
Most people don't know me as the daughter of a man who committed suicide -- but I am. I have spent the last 18 years and 11 months dodging an often-used statistic which condemns me to follow in his footsteps. According to an April 2010 New York Times article, children whose parents commit suicide are twice as likely to kill themselves. Whether this
0 11/14
2012
Default Air Force Logo Staying persistent
Over the years, I've received a lot advice on how to be successful. I want to share with you the one piece of advice that has given me the most payoff: "persistence" or the act of persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles or discouragement.As an Airman, I set goals for myself, wrote them down and put them on the mirror in my room.
0 10/31
2012
Default Air Force Logo Veterans Day: The real heroes
Veterans Day is coming. I remember marching in the Veterans Day parade in San Angelo, Texas, last year. And I remember my feelings as if that parade was yesterday. As my formation wound its way along the route, I was amazed to see the size of the crowds. It seemed the entire town came out to honor us and all veterans. I was proud and humbled that
0 10/22
2012
Default Air Force Logo Insight to the assignment system
I've been involved with the Air Force assignment system for more than 20 years and I want to share a few tips to help prepare you for your follow-on assignment after Kunsan Air Base or increase your chances for your dream assignments later in your career. Follow these tips and your assignment experience will be more enjoyable. 1) Be proactive and
0 10/11
2012
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