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Jan. 15, 2016

The Story, 25 Years later

Reunions are special times to renew friendships and reminisce over our shared experiences. As the veterans of a B-52 mission affectionately dubbed “Secret Squirrel” by those who flew it 25 years ago gather in Shreveport Jan. 15-17, we will certainly jest about receding hair lines and expanding waist lines, but we will also honor several men who have “gone west” in the two- and-a-half decades since we flew into combat together.

Dec. 23, 2015

Fusing the Fission: One Airman’s introduction to nuclear deterrence

Fission Bomb – the ripping, splitting, tearing apart of the basic, foundational unit of all created things to create the greatest explosion and the deadliest force the world has ever seen. Driving along the wide entrance to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, the ancient branches shift above as I coast through the cool sunshine of Bossier City,

June 9, 2015

Qualities of a Great Leader

There have been countless leaders in the course of history. Good or bad, leaders impact the lives of subordinates for better or worse. A good leader should be honest and full of integrity, be able to put others before themselves and be tactful in the way they speak to subordinates, much like the core values we practice in the United States Air

June 2, 2015

Advertise before you sell

Recently, I attempted to put together an event that would provide people the opportunity to meet and come together for something that wasn't work related.Unfortunately, the event called Squadron Olympics fell through. Although I was discouraged at the lack of participation, I accepted the outcome as a learning experience rather than a failure and

May 20, 2015

Psychologist discusses effective feedback

I am a psychologist by training.  One advantage of a career in helping people change is familiarity with strategies to implement change and how well they succeed or fail.People engage in patterns of thought, behavior, and reaction in a way that, unfortunately, can also be counterproductive. In addition, frequently we don't have the self-awareness

May 11, 2015

Tips to Being a Great Leader

I work in the 2nd Maintenance Group as the Unit Deployment Manager. I am also on the executive council for the Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 615. I have worked with many great Airmen and great leaders in my 14 years of service. One noticeable common theme is affinity for Air Force Core Values and high standards. Great leaders, and Airmen,

April 21, 2015

AF Core Values define wingmanship

What is a wingman?  A wingman is a person who helps, protects or guides a friend or associate. We are all charged with being more than just a worker at our jobs.  We are asked to be a helper, a friend, a shoulder to lean on, a confidant, a mentor, and over all, an Airman.  How does that relate to who we are and what we do?  It relates to our Core

April 21, 2015

Leadership is a Contact Sport

A few years ago I attended Combat Skills Training at Fort Bliss, Texas in preparation for a deployment to Camp Eggers, Afghanistan. We were a group that consisted of young Airmen with a couple of years of service to colonels nearing retirement and looking for one last "hoo-rah."While some of the instructors at CST had "been there and done that,"

April 7, 2015

Total Force Development Council promotes leadership in 2015

What is leadership? Leadership is something that, like integrity, your moral compass will always remain intact because effective leadership demands it. In my humble opinion leadership lives in all of us, we just need the passion to embrace it. Leadership is an inherent trait; however, it can also be a learned skill. For leadership to work, we must

April 6, 2015

Preventing sexual assault in the Air Force is our enduring responsibility

As we begin Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, clear signs point to the progress we have made in combating sexual assault. We can cite encouraging numbers in the areas of prevalence, reporting and convictions; however, this serves as only the beginning of an enduring effort. This effort must continue without pause and we must not lose