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Chief’s Corner - week of March 6

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Hands-on leadership

On a cold, clear Nebraska morning many moons ago, my first supervisor knocked at my Offutt Air Force Base dorm room and introduced herself, "Airman 1st Class Marquez, my name is Staff Sgt. Marion McBride. I am your supervisor and I'm here to get you where you need to be."

Before we started the drive to the Elkhorn transmitter site, she had me show her all the documents the orderly room would need to process me in. I remember her saying later that morning, "I'm here to make sure you don't forget anything. Do what I tell you, when I tell you and if you don't keep me informed, you're going to wish you had."

Sergeant McBride slipped no punches. She was completely committed to the Air Force and demanded I give my best. She warned me I would always be subject to duty and if I didn't live by the rules and standards, I wouldn't be retained in the Air Force. Sergeant McBride made sure I volunteered to pull extra duty when required, take on additional duty programs and help out in the local community representing the unit.

Sergeant McBride practiced hands-on leadership. She kicked me in the caboose when she found me lacking, praised me when I deserved it and constantly coached me how to improve.

The bottom line was she was not about to let me fail. Now a career later, it is Sergeant McBride who I thank for engaging me early, growing me right and getting me where I need to be.
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