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Worth the look

Posted September 21, 2018 by Chief Master Sgt. Richard Skrabak

Have you ever daydreamed about the possibilities of what you could have accomplished or reflected on your past asking yourself, “What could I have achieved if I would have received that opportunity or that promotion push?” Did you watch others skyrocket to the next level and wonder when you were going to get your chance?…

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Service before self… not in spite of self

Posted September 21, 2018 by Lt. Col. Kevin Amsden

I’d like to take a minute to reflect on a commonly misunderstood Air Force core value — Service Before Self. At times, this is used as a justification to prioritize work above all other aspects of our personal lives; spending time with family, making it to the gym, etc. Interpreting this core value in this…

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Time management does not exist

Posted September 7, 2018 by Senior Master Sgt. Scott Piper

Time management is a concept that many people have become preoccupied with over the years. There are dozens of books available on the topic and many bases offer professional development courses on how to effectively manage time. However, when creating the professional development curriculum here at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., we intentionally omitted this…

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An overlooked aspect of leadership

Posted September 7, 2018 by 1st Lt. David Melton

One of the things I value from a leadership perspective is the ability of a leader to follow. Have you ever heard of the phrase, “too many Chiefs; not enough Indians?” This phrase refers to a group of people with a common goal who all appear to be leaders, yet progress is difficult to achieve….

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Respect … Mission Success!

Posted August 24, 2018 by Lt. Col. Paul Netchaeff

As members of the Air Force, we all learn, know and live the core values every day while serving our great nation. “Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do” are perfect guideposts that steer our daily lives. That being said, I have a word I would like to expound on and…

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Pearls for leaders

Posted August 24, 2018 by Col. Larry J. Evans

At a prior assignment, I had the pleasure of putting together a leadership course for the medical group’s company grade officers. The focus was to help our young officers improve their leadership abilities and work on areas that needed improving, which we can all benefit from to some degree. In preparation of this course, I…

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How are you really doing?

Posted August 10, 2018 by Col. (Dr.) Justin Nast

A couple of years ago, in the midst of a difficult divorce, I struggled to have a good day. I was not a commander at the time, but still embraced the tenet that leaders should not have a bad day in public. I was attending a social, end-of-the-day function and hoping that my demeanor and…

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Generations of time: The oath of enlistment

Posted August 10, 2018 by Maj. Joseph Wilson

It doesn’t seem like that long ago, but rewinding the clock 18 years—in the hot, summer sun of 2000—I had joined hundreds of other Airmen on a parade field at what was then called Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. On command, we collectively raised our right arms to the square and repeated what many Airmen…

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The time I was hit by a truck

Posted July 27, 2018 by Lt. Col. John Berger

On June 23, 2012, I was hit by a truck as I crossed the street in St. Louis, Mo. A white pickup truck ran a red light, hit me and then rolled over top of me. It was a hit and run and the police were unable to identify the driver. The last thing I…

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Where did all of the time go?

Posted July 27, 2018 by Senior Master Sgt. Kimberly LaPierre

I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflecting the past few weeks.  In doing so, I’ve evaluated where I am in my personal and professional life.  How did I get to where I am?  Have I met my goals?  Would I do anything differently?     I can remember where my professional focus was during different periods…

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