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Leadership lessons: Are you a team player?

I was a young second lieutenant and my supervisor surprised me by asking, “Are you a team player?” on my mid-term feedback. I was...

New leader, strategic plan fuels excitement

After returning from a deployment in Southwest Asia, I was impressed with the new wing leadership philosophy. I was fortunate enough to attend the...

Fly, Fight, Win — war to end all wars

Courtesy photoWorld War I veterans return home. World War I, the war to end all wars, terminated at approximately 11 a.m. Nov. 11,...

Rosie the Riveter and me

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published March 18, 2015. WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — As we recognize Women’s History Month this March, I...

Move or die: Why speed matters, how troops can get faster

Editor’s note: The following is an opinion piece. The writer’s views expressed here do not represent those of the Defense Department. An enemy soldier scans...

Ending silence opens door to triumph over abuse

Editor’s note: The author’s name was redacted to protect the person’s identity. ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — I’m tired of the sound of silence. At...

Maintenance versus repair … of our Airmen

This commentary was first published on Dec. 11, 2014 LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — This commentary is not about aircraft, vehicles, or...

Taking care of your Airmen?

Many years ago I was just starting out as a young flight chief and senior NCO. I had traveled back east to attend the...

What does TFI mean for Luke?

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — With talk of manning at only 80 percent across the entire Air Force, having to do more with...

It’s all about the hooks

SOUTHWEST ASIA — High above Mosul, Iraq, a fighter pilot arrives on station. Now within 20 nautical miles of the target, the pilot arms the...

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