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Growing as a leader through others

Posted December 8, 2017 by Col. Josh Olson

Many consider leadership a trait you’re born with, while some consider it a trait you hone and develop through reflection and feedback. I contend it is both — we all have leadership qualities within us, and it is our life experiences and interactions that shape them. My kindergarten teacher, Ms. Gleason, was easily one of…

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Effective followership: a path for all Airmen

Posted December 8, 2017 by Lt. Col. Michael L. Boswell

Every leader is a follower, but not every follower is a leader. We do an exceptional job of training leaders, but more often than not, don’t focus enough on effective followership. Society tends to equate effective followership to nothing more than “brown-nosing.” We relish identifying as good leaders versus good followers, but one cannot exist…

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Room at the table

Posted November 22, 2017 by Chaplain (Maj.) Kelvin Francis

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is coming together around the dinner table and enjoying good food. I will never forget my first Thanksgiving at Grandma Ethel’s house. Grandma Ethel is my wife’s grandmother and no one prepared me for my first taste of her food. After we sat down, gave thanks and I…

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Take a mindful approach to your personal happiness

Posted November 22, 2017 by Col. Bret Burton

The subject of “mindfulness” is getting a lot of press, which may raise the question, “Where does it fit in my life?” Mindfulness is being fully aware of where you are and what you’re doing, not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. The opposite of mindfulness is “absent-mindedness,” autopilot experiences such…

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It’s what you do next

Posted October 27, 2017 by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks

In the Air Force, Airmen are constantly waiting on results. Weighted Airmen Promotion System tests, promotion boards, officer packages, award packages and many other opportunities to advance are in the minds and goals of almost every Airman. The cold reality is only a certain number of people will get the news they want. For those…

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The emotionless leader: Trusted and respected by Airmen

Posted October 27, 2017 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 to an…

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Vegas Strong: Human Performance Team supports community

Posted October 13, 2017 by

Hours after the Las Vegas tragedy, member of Creech’s Human Performance Team and Nellis Air Force Base trauma teams made themselves available to Airmen and their families.

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Airmen helping Airmen: Suicide prevention

Posted September 29, 2017 by Airman 1st Class James Thompson

Charged with the safety of every American against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, military members are expected to perform in highly stressful environments. Airmen deal with everyday stressors that come with wearing the uniform, and issues that arise both on and off the battlefield.

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Progressive relationships

Posted September 1, 2017 by Chap. (2nd Lt.) Marcus Brooks

One of the greatest lessons I learned about building relationships as a chaplain candidate came from the instruction I received from a first sergeant assigned to an explosive ordnance disposal unit. The first sergeant briefed my chaplain candidate class about his unit’s accomplishments and responsibilities. One year prior, an EOD Airman was killed in action…

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When stealing is OK

Posted September 1, 2017 by Col. Patrick Miller

My name is Col. Pat Miller, and I am a professional thief. I have been doing it for 19 years, and I’m not worried about being caught. Now you may be thinking, “how is this possible?” Thievery goes against our core values. You may even want me to be held accountable in accordance with the…

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