Commentary

Standing up for your convictions

Posted April 12, 2019 by Col. Ken Reyes

Have you ever found yourself in an awkward situation where you know the circumstances are illegal, immoral, unethical or for self-gain? The juices inside you start to boil and you become upset that such a thing occurred. You tell yourself, “Go, talk to the person about the problem; make it right.” It turns out you…

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Let your people do their jobs

Posted April 12, 2019 by Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey C. Clark

Recently, while deployed, I came in one morning and saw things were more hectic than usual. The two master sergeants on shift gave me the morning update and the day wasn’t starting off well. Planes were broken, the flying schedule was a mess and my people were running around with their hair on fire. My…

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Trend Buckers

Posted March 29, 2019 by Lt. Col. Cory Baker

With increasing regularity in society’s faster-paced work environments, many disciplines are publishing articles about employee burnout. More so in the private sector, industries are resourcing workplace wellness programs to counter stress. Organizations with these programs are realizing significant returns on investment with less absenteeism and medical costs. Examples include employing chief wellness officers and offering…

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Military service: more than just a job

Posted March 29, 2019 by Maj Kevin Scholz

The U.S. military has a long and proud tradition; this tradition is captured within the Profession of Arms, executed through the Code of Conduct and lived through the respective services’ values. These values, although similar in many ways, differ in some respects. But what are the similarities and differences, and what drives them? And why…

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What to do with a setback

Posted March 15, 2019 by Lt. Col. Kathryn Shaw

It was a dreary day five years ago when I received a phone call at home from my squadron commander informing me that my name was not on the selection list for promotion to lieutenant colonel. Since this was my “In Promotion Zone” board, the significance of not being selected cannot be understated. As with…

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The right balance produces peak performance

Posted March 15, 2019 by Lt. Col. Christopher Schlachter, Sr.

Starting a new year often motivates us to accomplish new goals, but the largest obstacle to overcome is maintaining motivation past January! Achieving peak performances will come when we find the right balance our lives. As we plan our goals, we must ensure they are diverse and stretch well beyond just work- related goals. Our…

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Dare to fail

Posted March 1, 2019 by Maj. Chad Bridgeford

I don’t recall my specific age, but I remember being out of college and getting ready to leave for Officer Training School when my father handed me a small package. Inside was a frame, not with the expected picture of my family, but a poem that begins with, “You’ve failed many times, although you may…

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Don’t treat your subordinates like the end of a Scooby Doo episode

Posted March 1, 2019 by Col. Jonathan Downing

Growing up in the 1980s, every day after school the only cartoon on TV was Scooby Doo. The ending of every episode was always the same. Scoobs and the gang would unmask some evil person and the same phrase was uttered every time: “And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t…

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Are you ready?

Posted February 1, 2019 by Col. Michael J. Wood

Are you ready? Imagine that it’s 3:30 p.m. local time on a Friday and you’re looking forward to a rare treat, some down time over the weekend. It’s your time to catch up with the family, take care of some needed tasks at home, have fun with friends, and maybe get a little sleep. Things…

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New Year’s Resolution: Read about the past for the future

Posted January 18, 2019 by Tech. Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel

It’s a common refrain today: People don’t read anymore. Gone, it seems, are the days of printed newspapers, as subscriptions have steadily declined and many daily publications have disappeared. It seems all but certain that we live in an era of headlines and newsfeed snippets that offer information designed for the passing glance at phone…

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