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Building a caring community

Posted January 17, 2014 by Nancy Koch-Castillo and Edwards Helping Agencies

As we sat there in the Justin Room on Dec. 30 at 1 p.m., preparing to brief the last Community Action Information Board for 2013 to base leaders, Col. Daniel Daetz, 412th Test Wing vice commander, began the discussion by asking a question, “What do you like about Edwards?” One individual answered the beautiful sunsets,…

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The Emotionless Leader: trusted, respected by Airmen

Posted April 11, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Brown

“I don’t want to hurt her career …” “He’s the best NCO I’ve got. I don’t want to see him lose a stripe …” How many times have you heard someone in a leadership position make statements such as these when contemplating disciplinary actions when an Airman or NCO makes a terrible decision? Whether due…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted July 3, 2014 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – The 4th of July is all about celebrating our freedom as a nation. Merriam-Webster tells us that celebrating is “to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion, holiday.to say that (someone or something) is great or important.” …

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Pregnant with cancer: A story of survival, resilience

Posted October 10, 2014 by Lt. Col. Shaio Zerba

On April 16, 2007, I got a call no expecting mother would dream of receiving. “We got the results from your biopsy and it came back malignant.” Did the doctor just say I had cancer? I first discovered the lump during Christmas break. It was so small that it was barely distinguishable. In March, I…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted January 16, 2015 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community “Now I say to you in conclusion, life is hard, at times as hard as crucible steel. It has its bleak and difficult moments. Like the ever-flowing waters of the river, life has its moments of drought and its moments of…

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Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted April 3, 2015 by

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Our culture is surrounded by death.  Our action movies succeed based on the high body count and our daily news thrives off the gruesome details.  We even throw away our toys instead of repairing them.  It can be depressing but…

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Chief’s perspective: Now is the time for bold leadership

Posted April 20, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy

Enlisted Airmen, A week ago I sent an email message titled Leadership vs. Policy to Command Chiefs and Career Field Managers. You may have seen that message, or parts of it, but I’d like to take the opportunity to address it with you directly. The theme of the message was that too much arbitrary guidance…

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My educational journey: Without education, we can’t compete

Posted October 12, 2012 by Elizabeth K. Torre

I began my federal service career in 1989 when I was only 19 years old, which was quite an honor as far as I was concerned. I was thrilled to get a position as a GS-5 secretary in what used to be called the Industrial Base Initiative Group. I had great skills from attending business…

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Be the leader you deserve

Posted January 11, 2013 by Maj. Dale Williquette

We all know that the New Year brings resolutions that typically revolve around better health and fitness, paying off debt or competing educational goals. What about making a resolution to be a better leader? Vince Lombardi said, “Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity – having the capacity to lead is not…

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Getting back to basics; Following standards on base

Posted May 10, 2013 by MSgt Christy Anderson

I was in the office and a staff sergeant I work with noticed someone walking across a parking lot to the flight kitchen with no hat and no blouse on. I was shocked at what I saw. So much so, I left the office and went into the flight kitchen to let this person know…

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