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  • Col. Wells: Build relationships today to strengthen your tomorrow

    Back in April 2014, I was the Space Communication Squadron Commander at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. The crisis action team was assembling to understand the circumstance of a significant communication outage, assess mission impacts, and prioritize and coordinate corrective actions. For weeks leading up to this day, the Buckley AFB flight line was undergoing a significant construction project, which included tearing up and replacing major portions of the runway.
  • We need you

    From day one in our Air Force careers, we discuss the challenge of how to balance the mission and our people. “Mission first, people always,” or, “take care of your people and they’ll take care of the mission,” are common schools of thought. But one thing is certain – our core value of service before self is the center focus regardless of which theory you subscribe to. Our people sacrifice daily by giving every ounce of what they have to accomplish the mission because it’s our way of life, and our freedom depends on it.
  • Aldrich challenges Airmen: Learn about your wingmen

    When I was asked to provide a commentary I was overwhelmed and not sure what to write about.  Then it hit me, does anyone know where I was born or the rest of my story?We speak of being a good wingman, to me it’s more than being aware of your coworkers – it’s trying to get to know the people we pass all the time, whether walking to the clinic,
  • Lt. Col. Teke: Build rapport, trust to cultivate connection

    Commander's Commentary by Lt. Col. Christopher Teke, 50th Civil Engineering Squadron
  • Why I wear the uniform

    Schriever first-term Airman explains why she wears the uniform.
  • Space operator encourages warfighters: Win tomorrow’s conflict today

    “Let me be very clear, although space is clearly a warfighting domain, we do not want to fight a fight that extends into space. We seek to deter that conflict, and the best way I know how to do that is through a position of strength.” – Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, commander of U.S. Space Command. Listening to Raymond’s remarks recognizing the establishment of U.S. Space Command reminded me of a passage from “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu: “Supreme excellence consists in breaking the adversary’s resistance without fighting.”
  • Attitudes are caught not taught: Catch a good one

    Austrian psychiatrist, neurologist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl once said, “Everything can be taken from a person but one thing, the last of human freedoms – the right to choose one’s attitude given any situation or circumstance, to choose one’s own way.”
  • Schriever squadron commander shares thoughts on why ‘knowing your people’ isn’t enough

    The leadership adage “know your people” is so common it borders on cliché. When you hear this, it’s worth thinking about what the advice means and whether it is still sound. The intention behind the saying is meaningful ...
  • Learn what you can control, bloom where planted

    In the highly competitive environment of our normal day-to-day Air Force careers, it is sometimes easy to get caught up in the discussion of what you will do next. Is it time to apply for your dream job in a highly selective unit? Should you enroll in a highly selective education opportunity? Is it time to move on to the next phase of your life? 
  • Stress for peak performance, growth

    Upon taking command I read a friend recommended article from a British Army blog called the Army Leader that discussed crossing the “Stress Point.”  As military members, we all have many different stressors in our lives.  The questions are how do we harmonize them and how do we as leaders use them to innovate and elevate our unit performance?The

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