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  • 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
  • High expectations

    I witnessed authentic leadership in a 16 year-old high school marching band percussionist. At a state-wide competition, her band was staged in a parking lot overlooking the football field waiting for their time to perform. She and a small number of other musicians were watching a competing band on the field while they waited. Around her were about 30 of her bandmates, many of whom were chatting, laughing, and wandering aimlessly as a way to cope with the stress of competition -- then it happened.
  • Parting thoughts

    Twenty two years, it’s hard to believe how long I have been in the Air Force.However, as I sit here exactly 50 days out from my retirement ceremony, I can’t help but reflect on a few thoughts I would love to share before I hang up my uniform for the last time.I joined much like many of you, not knowing exactly what I was getting myself into, but
  • Why I Wear the Uniform

    Many of us wear clothes to express ourselves, whether they’re nice suits on a night out or casual wear with clever sayings and designs on them. I believe the same is true when donning my Airman Battle Uniform.
  • Sustain your authenticity

    For many years leadership scholars have attempted to define and determine the characteristics, personality traits and styles of great leaders; yet no clear profile of the ideal leader has come to fruition. Thankfully, no cookie-cutter leadership style has been found, otherwise every Airman would just be the same. Being the same would equate to

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