Service before self… not in spite of self

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...

Time management does not exist

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...

An overlooked aspect of leadership

One of the things I value from a leadership perspective is the ability of a leader to follow. Have you ever heard of the...

Respect … Mission Success!

As members of the Air Force, we all learn, know and live the core values every day while serving our great nation. “Integrity first,...

Pearls for leaders

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...

How are you really doing?

A couple of years ago, in the midst of a difficult divorce, I struggled to have a good day. I was not a commander...

Generations of time: The oath of enlistment

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...

The time I was hit by a truck

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...

Where did all of the time go?

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...

Letter From a Survivor

Courtesy photograph by Capt. Tanya Wren Editor’s note: The following story includes references to an actual sexual assault that some readers, especially those who are...