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  • 2015 Senior Leaders' Winter/Holiday Safety Message

    Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody send a holiday safety message to highlight the importance of taking care of yourself and taking care of each other during this winter/holiday season.
  • Bloom where you’re planted

    It happens all the time; we've all heard it. "This job won't get me promoted," or "If I don't get the stratification, I have no chance of promotion." I've heard it from both officers and enlisted. I've heard it from old and young. And now with the forced distribution of ratings in the new Enlisted Performance Report system, I hear it with a hint of
  • Innovation: Never stop improving

    "Another article on innovation?" you say. I don't have to tell you that there are more challenges across the Air Force than any time that I can recall: manning reductions, reduced budgets, infrastructure we can no longer afford, new requirements; response to advanced cyber threats, and the cherry on top, sequestration. As a result, our leaders
  • 302nd Airlift Wing: Celebrating 30 years at Peterson AFB, still going strong!

    On April 1, 2015 the 302nd Airlift Wing logged 30 years as an Air Force Reserve Command C-130 airlift wing located at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.  I am proud to serve our country leading this wing, and even more proud to be a part of this wing's long and rich history along with each of you. During the past 30 years and still today the wing's
  • Simple steps to being more effective

    Our Air Force and the world seem to be in a constant state of commotion right now. Significant events are happening all around us at a rate that can cause even the strongest individuals to experience uncertainty. It's easy to get distracted from our primary objectives, so to that end I share with you seven steps that if followed, can help you be
  • Spring time for growth, transformation

    As a Florida native, I can't wait for spring each year.....a time to pull out the summer wardrobe and ski without all those layers. I also love the opportunity to hike with the spring flowers.Seeing the new buds on the trees, I'm reminded how these plants can resemble our own story. For months I ran by those same trees, thinking they looked dead.
  • Slow your roll, drivers -- there are walkers about

    I won't walk on your car if you don't drive on my feet. Deal?I like to walk. Fresh air, sunshine and exercise without the need to shower or wear spandex.Peterson Air Force Base, as it turns out, is a remarkable place for walking. The base's tree-lined streets are almost universally equipped with well-maintained sidewalks. Well-marked crosswalks,
  • The test of three

    At a recent commander's call, I outlined how I expect the members of the 21st Medical Operations Squadron to treat one another. In preparing for the topic, I ran across a story about rumors which ostensibly originated with Socrates. I found the story applicable not only in terms of customer service -- which I also expect to be outstanding for our
  • Who goes to War?

    The conditions at International Security Assistance Force headquarters varied between friendly and toxic.  Two 107 millimeter rockets exploded near us in our first few hours on the ground.  Many of us got sick because of bad bottled water - the kind we buy because it's supposed to be safe.  Conversely, I met people who were remarkable on a daily
  • Leading by example

    I am a big fan of inspirational quotes to keep my compass pointed to my true north. I keep a few favorites on my desk so that I see them every day. Certainly, some of them are platitudes that are better cross-stitched and hanging in my favorite aunt's kitchen than guiding my daily operations, as they have been so overused that they have lost their