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Default Air Force Logo Everyone can be great
A few weeks ago, a football player for the Dallas Cowboys was asked what he'd like from the playoff game home crowd. The player, J.J. Wilcox, responded, "Just be great."For some reason, that phrase stuck in my mind, and it continued to nag me. Then, I realized why. One of my foundational beliefs is that every person can be great at something. This
0 2/06
2015
Default Air Force Logo Constant leadership improvement worthy pursuit
While I enjoy reading about leaders and what made them successful, writing about leadership and what can make someone else successful is a different thing entirely.The debate of whether leaders are born or made has always fascinated me. I have never met a good leader who thought they came by it naturally; they always defer to their own past
0 2/02
2015
Default Air Force Logo Are leaders born or made?
Are leaders born or made?  This topic is often debated in leadership classes.  Perhaps you could read about famous leaders to understand what made them great.  Books on Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy should help answer this question, right? Not necessarily. Each of us, at some point in our military careers, has
0 12/31
2014
Default Air Force Logo Framily gets it, keeps me together
A little background: This is my fourth assignment in eight years. The last two assignments were overseas, coupled with deployment and temporary duties across Western and Eastern Europe. After nearly four years overseas, I was ready to step foot on American soil, but the transition back to America and my home state has been surprisingly rough.I
0 12/24
2014
Default Air Force Logo The Air Force issued me my 'kids'
While I've decided to live the child-free lifestyle, the Air Force, in its infinite wisdom, saw the need to issue me two kids. They are both straight out of technical training and brand new to the Air Force, and one is still too young to accept an adult drink.Let's be honest: As children do, they totally cut into my "me time."In all seriousness,
0 12/24
2014
Default Air Force Logo Who’s in charge here? ‘I think I’m in charge here’
Have you ever had to lead a meeting? Do you think you could?  Well, guess what. As you grow in rank, you grow in responsibility. Many of you will find yourself at the head of a table, or running a meeting sooner than you expected. Most Air Force structures have few people at the top echelons.  With all that we do today in the Air Force, many times
0 12/19
2014
Default Air Force Logo Air Force enables extraordinary paths
When I was a child, I would sit and watch my mom, a former U.S. Air Force Airman, cook dinner with ease, finish folding laundry at lightning speed, read to and tuck my brothers into bed, sweep the floor, pack lunches and still somehow have some time for herself. Her influence is what ultimately led me to my decision to join the Air Force. This
0 12/19
2014
Maj. Gene T. Smith, 460th Contracting Flight Support deployed Airmen and their family
Growing up my parents always said there is no substitute for family.  They are very wise, with a strong sense of family appreciation.  They ingrained in me that standing and working together as a family can accomplish great things.This is something I live with every day in the Air Force.  The people I work with aren't just co-workers; they are my
0 12/16
2014
Albert M. Woolley III, 460th Force Support Squadron Director Give yourself altitude
I am no different than most leaders.I draw upon my experiences and observations when asked to articulate something that I have learned about leadership. So with that said, I will share with you a concept that I did not make up, but rather received, during a Joint Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. sometime around February 2004.The architect
0 11/19
2014
Default Air Force Logo There’s no excuse for domestic abuse
Recently, a spotlight has been cast upon the professional sports community relating to issues of domestic violence and child abuse.  While these issues are all across the country, it is encouraging that this spotlight has brought the problem to the forefront of the nation's attention.  The responsibility lies with each one of us to broaden the
0 10/31
2014
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