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  • Col. Fischer explains importance of using right tool

    Most of my childhood, I was covered in a healthy layer of dirt and grease. The son of a contractor, I was pretty much always on a job site, working and learning from the greatest leader I ever had – my Dad. He died 26 years ago, but based on a bedrock of integrity and legendary work ethic he taught me countless lessons that I use to this day. I
  • Maj. Hodgson: How does negativity affect beliefs, leadership?

    Greetings to the 50th Space Wing family from Guam, “Where America’s space ops day begins.” Though I may not get to see you all as often as I’d like, it is an honor to be a part of such an impressive and winning team.Some aspects I enjoy most about being in the Air Force are the tremendous people you meet and the wide variety of duties and
  • Ditson: Encouraging positive culture helps others ‘show up’

    “If we want people to fully show up, to bring their whole selves including their unarmored, whole hearts — so that we can innovate, solve problems, and serve people — we have to be vigilant about creating a culture in which people feel safe, seen, heard, and respected.”  -- Brene Brown, research professor and author How do we create a space for
  • Maj. Adamson: We usually have time to make things right

    Do-over. You’ve heard the phrase. Perhaps you’ve uttered it too, something along the lines of, “I wish I had a do-over.” It’s easy if one is playing golf, assuming fellow players are gracious and not too competitive. You just take a mulligan. It’s pretty easy in video games too. How often can one revive, resuscitate, reconstitute, retry? However,
  • Lt. Col. Hall: We help Team Schriever stay mission-ready

    I want to ensure our Airmen know what the 50th Space Wing legal office can do to help them. Our goal is to make sure they are focused on the mission and not worried about legal or personal matters. Kellie Lindemann, 50th SW legal assistant, offers some sound advice on legal documents. Last will and testaments, living wills, advance medical
  • Lt. Col. Highlander: Encourage your team to think for themselves

    Since an early age I’ve always had an inherent curiosity about how things worked. How was this designed? How do these parts work together? I wanted to understand the how of everything. I quickly discovered I am one of those people who has “the knack” and understands how things work. Whether structural, mechanical or electrical, if something was broken or not working right (or in some cases, working just fine), I took it apart and figured out how to fix it. Naturally, a career in the engineering field became an extension of that curiosity and remains a key component of the person I am today. After all, engineering is the art of solving problems.
  • 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
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