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  • Levels of Leadership

    Throughout my active duty and civil service career, I’ve sat through numerous classes on leadership beginning as a young senior Airman, to required professional military education classes as a junior and senior non-commissioned officer and finally as a civilian.
  • What I learned about leadership

    “Leadership is a gift. It’s given by those who follow. You have to be worthy of it.” – General Mark Welsh.
  • Leave it better than you found it

    When I was six years old, I learned a leadership lesson that has continued to be relevant throughout my Air Force career – “Leave A Place Better Than You Found It.” That’s right, a colonel is referencing a lesson learned as a child, but I’m writing about it today because it is still extremely relevant.This philosophy was first instilled upon me as
  • What is a first sergeant?

    As a first sergeant in the United States Air Force, I get the distinct opportunity of helping our Airmen overcome challenges, and be better performers and wingmen because of it. When I first became a first sergeant, one of the things I noticed early on was the majority of the unit did not understand what a first sergeant truly does.Since then, I
  • Why I Wear the Uniform

    “Remember your why,” is repeatedly said from Basic Military Training, urging Airmen to remember their initial motivations for joining. Even when things are hard, just remember your “why” and push through.  Why did you choose this? Why are you here? Essentially, why do you wear the uniform? After being asked so many times, you would think the answer
  • Wearing the Uniform

    During the weeks of Air Force basic training, you start off wearing civilian clothes. Day one, you wear what you wore the night before as it was your last night of “freedom.”
  • Self-assessment is vital to personal sustainability

    As I write this commentary, we have about fifty Air Force Space Command Inspector General members on Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado performing a Unit Effectiveness Inspection Capstone Event and by the time you read this, we should have the results, I’m not worried.
  • Being credible and approachable

    “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” - Colin Powell
  • 5/6 Council supports junior Airmen, community

    My time as president of the 5/6 Council has come to an end, it has been a wonderful year of learning, growing and becoming a better leader, follower and most importantly, Airman. I am taking this opportunity to share with you, the Airmen of the 50th Space Wing, some of my experiences and lessons learned during the past 12 months.
  • Rapidly evolving satellite command and control requires unique, adaptive leadership

    As we continue to evolve from operating in a benign environment to one that requires us to operate as warfighters in a contested, degraded, and operationally limited environment, we must think, lead and operate differently. According to Air Force Doctrine Document 1, Air Force Basic Doctrine, Organization, and Command, “Execution should be decentralized within a command and control architecture that exploits the ability of front-line decision makers … to make on-scene decisions during complex, rapidly unfolding operations.” In essence, we must empower individuals at all levels to exercise good judgment throughout the execution of mission objectives.

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